Review by Monique Thompson
The award-winning musical written by Alexander Dinelaris, based on the 1992 film The Bodyguard, is currently on stage at Music Hall Fair Park. The smash hit musical stars veteran R&B singer Deborah Cox as the pop star Rachel Marron (played by the late Whitney Houston in the film). For those that may have never saw the film, the plot in a new shell goes as such….Rachel Marron’s crew decides to enlist a new bodyguard for her protection after she begins to receive a series of letters from a stalker. Rachel isn’t enthused at all after her new bodyguard Frank Farmer is extremely over-protective and takes his job very seriously. Aftr some time, their business relationship turns personal as the two become closer and closer.
The story line in the musical is just like the film, rightfully as it should be. The live musical seems like a Whitney Houston tribute concert for the most part. Deborah Cox acting as Rachel is decent, but vocally as Whitney is where she really shines. Her voices is extremely strong and she covers each Whitney track with so much ease, but still finds a way to add her own personal touch.
Overall, the acting in the musical is okay but surely, the music, lighting effects, and the dancing is what it’s all about. The Bodyguard is running at Music Hall Fair Park through July 30, then moving over to Bass Hall in Fort Worth August 1st – 6th.
Content Warning: Suitable for ages 12 and up
Please be advised: THE BODYGUARD includes strobe lights, gun shots, loud noises and smoke effects.
Deborah Cox is not scheduled to perform at the 7/27 and 7/29 Matinees