Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center

BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center welcomes the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, August 15 to 20. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox stars as Rachel Marron. In the role of bodyguard Frank Farmer is television star Judson Mills. Note: The role of Rachel Marron will be played by Jasmin Richardson for the Saturday matinee and Sunday evening performances.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan's 1992 Oscar nominatEd Warner Bros. film, and adapted by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris, THE BODYGUARD had its world premiere on December 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 won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards. The UK production of the musical recently completed a sell-out 16-month UK and Ireland tour and made its triumphant return to London's West End at the Dominion Theatre on July 15, 2016.

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 romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including 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.

Direction is by Thea Sharrock. Set & costume design is 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. Musical director Matthew Smedal conducts the live orchestra. The U.S. National tour of THE BODYGUARD is produced by Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.

Rounding out the principal cast are Alex Corrado (Gotham, Hannibal) as Tony Scibelli, Rachel's personal security guard, Jarid Faubel (Black & White, X-Men: First Class) as FBI agent Ray Court, 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 ensemble includes Arielle Campbell, BrenDon Chan, Willie Dee, Megan Elyse Fulmer, Alejandra Matos, Dequina Moore, Bradford Rahmlow, Benjamin Rivera, Sean Rozanski, Matthew Schmidt, Jaquez André Sims, Maria Cristina Slye, Lauren Tanner, and Naomi C. Walley.

For more on the show, visit thebodyguardmusical.com. Tickets start at $30 and are available by phone (800) 982-2787; online www.BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or www.TheHobbyCenter.org; The Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002); and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Company

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron, with Jaquez AndreÌ? Sims, BrenDon Chan, Willie Dee and Benjamin Rivera

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Company

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Company

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Company

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
Judson Mills as Frank Farmer, Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Charles Gray as Bill Devaney

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
Judson Mills as Frank Farmer, Jasmin Richardson as Nicki Marron, Kevelin B. Jones III as Fletcher and Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
Jasmin Richardson as Nicki Marron and Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
Judson Mills as Frank Farmer and Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer

Photo Flash: First Look at THE BODYGUARD at The Hobby Center
Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as Frank Farmer


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