The award-winning musical based on the smash hit film starring Grammy® Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox! is coming to TPAC. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night”, “So Emotional”, “One Moment in Time”, “Saving All My Love”, “Run to You”, “I Have Nothing”, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”, and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You”.
The first U.S. National Tour of the hit musical “The Bodyguard,” starring Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/Pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox, makes its Nashville debut at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall in a limited, one-week run March 21-26, 2017. Single tickets are on sale at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060.
SPECIAL NOTE: Deborah Cox is not scheduled to perform at the Saturday matinee and Sunday evening performances. In addition to Cox’s starring turn as Rachel Marron, TV star Judson Mills will play the role of bodyguard Frank Farmer
Rounding out the principal cast of “The Bodyguard” cast is Alex Corrado (“Gotham,” “Hannibal”) as Tony Scibelli, Rachel’s personal security guard, Charles Gray (Broadway: “The Color Purple Tour,” “The Lion King”) as manager Bill Devaney, Jonathan Hadley (Broadway: “Jersey Boys,” “A Class Act”) as publicist Sy Spector, Jorge Paniagua (Regional: “The Full Monty,” Oregon Shakespeare Festival) as the Stalker, Jasmin Richardson (Tour: “Memphis,” “Dreamgirls”) as Rachel’s sister Nicki Marron, and Douglas Baldeo (Broadway: “Kinky Boots” Tour, “Motown”) and Kevelin B. Jones III (Idlewild Music Festival) alternating in the role of Rachel’s son Fletcher.
“The Bodyguard” is directed by Thea Sharrock, with set and costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Richard Brooker and video design by Duncan McLean. Choreography is by Karen Bruce, orchestrations by Chris Egan, musical supervision by Richard Beadle and production musical supervision by Mike Dixon. The U.S. National Tour of “The Bodyguard” is produced by Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.
“Coming to Nashville fresh from its successful West End run, ‘The Bodyguard’ is a thrilling stage adaptation of Lawrence Kasdan’s popular 1992 film with an exceptional cast,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and chief executive officer. “Deborah Cox is stunning and amazingly talented. The role of Rachel Marron demands extraordinary vocal capacity and poise, and she absolutely nails the notes and delivers in fabulous fashion.”
Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Academy Award-nominated Warner Bros. film, and adapted by Academy Award-winner (“Birdman”) Alexander Dinelaris, “The Bodyguard” made its world premiere on Dec. 5, 2012, at London’s Adelphi Theatre. “The Bodyguard” was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Set Design, and it won Best New Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards. The U.K. production of the musical recently completed a sell-out 16-month U.K. and Ireland Tour and made its triumphant return to London’s West End at the Dominion Theatre on July 15, 2016.
Meet DEBORAH COX (Rachel Marron)
Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox made her Broadway debut in the lead role of Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical, “Aida.” She most recently appeared on Broadway as Lucy in “Jekyll & Hyde,” and starred as the legendary Josephine Baker in “Josephine” at Asolo Repertory Theatre in the spring of 2016.
Cox began her recording career as a background singer with Celine Dion before securing her first recording contract with Clive Davis at Arista Records. Cox has recorded six award-winning and critically-acclaimed albums, and has written and recorded on numerous celebrated soundtracks. Her platinum-selling debut album, “Deborah Cox,” earned her an American Music Award nomination, and she won her first of three Juno Awards, including a Female Vocalist of the Year nomination.
From her second album, “One Wish,” came the double platinum “ Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here,” which held the record as the longest-running number one R&B single for 14 consecutive weeks and earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination, a Soul Train Award, A Lady of Soul Award, Best Female Vocalist Juno nomination, and a Billboard Music Award Nomination for R&B Single of the Year.
Cox has collaborated with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Josh Groban, The Isley Brothers, Cyndi Lauper, Sarah McLachlan and numerous others. The Canadian born star has an impressive list of number one Billboard Magazine hit records, including 12 #1 songs on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart.
In 2000, Cox collaborated with Whitney Houston to record the duet “Same Script Different Cast” for Houston’s Greatest Hits album. Cox has been recognized for her longstanding commitment to various social issues in the LGBTQ community. In January 2015, she received the Out Music Pillar Award. In 2014, she received the California State Senate Award and in 2007, she received The Civil Rights Award from the New York Senate for her efforts in the fight for human rights and equality.
She was recently honored by The Harvey Milk Foundation at the 2015 Diversity Honors for her efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the LGBTQ community. On June 12, 2016, she was given the Liberty Bell and Proclamation in Philadelphia by Mayor James Kenney to proclaim June 12 as LGBTQ Philadelphia Pride Parade and Festival Day.
For more information, please visit www.DeborahCox.com, or follow her on Twitter at @DeborahCox and at Facebook at Facebook.com/DeborahCoxDR.