BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL Comes to the San Antonio Stage
From the moment the THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL begins, the audience is immediately riveted towards the action and suspense happening on the stage. Start to finish, this production had the audience sitting on the edge of their seats. Even if you saw the movie THE BODYGUARD with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, there were still many twists, turns and surprises. You dared not look away from the action even for a moment. It was worth every second and every penny to be entertained from beginning to end.
THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL was jam packed with suspense and entertainment but we cannot forget the fact that the performers on the stage were what made that suspense and entertainment happen. Playing the role of Rachel Marron was the Grammy® Award-nominated Deborah Cox. And if the audience had high expectations of her performance, she did not disappoint. Ms. Cox is a star in every way. She is a true triple threat as she has been performing for many many years. The music for the show was not simplistic by any means. If anyone could carry out the range of Whitney Houston it was definitely Ms. Cox. The notes were perfect and the delivery was spot on. The audience was moved to applause and joy as they listened to Ms. Cox perform such Whitney Houston songs as "Greatest Love of All," "Saving All My Love," and of course, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody." Her acting was impeccable and spellbinding as she delivered her lines flawlessly. And the dancing - amazing. The dance moves seemed to come naturally for Ms. Cox and the dancers enhanced it for her.
Also in THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL was Judson Mills who played the part of the bodyguard, Frank Farmer. Mr. Mills is no stranger to show business and is well-known for TV shows such as "As The World Turns," and "Walker, Texas Ranger." But, to see him performing live was incredible. His character was meant to be distant and stoic yet compassionate and vulnerable. Mr. Mills achieved that with perfection and poise. The audience surely fell in love with him as the indifferent turned empathetic Frank Farmer. Mr. Mills also had great chemistry with Ms. Cox as the Bodyguard/Love Interest and that was very important to the validity of the characters themselves.
While the supporting staff was strong and talented in their own ways, some seemed to stand out. Jasmine Richardson played the part of Rachel Marron's sister, Nicki. In THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL, this character was very important to show the sometimes emotional vulnerability of the main characters. Ms. Richardson has a beautiful voice and a strong presence onstage. It's interesting to note, that Ms. Richardson plays the role of Rachel Marron at certain performances on the tour as well. It's obvious why. She is a true talent herself.
Another stand-out actor was that of Sean Rozanski. In playing the part of the Assassin, Mr. Rozanski presented every part of the creepy effect necessary for the audience to truly be terrified of his character. The effects during his scenes only enhanced Mr. Rozanski's ability to come across as a deranged stalker. And it should be noted that Mr. Rozanski was the understudy of the evening but that didn't stop the audience from giving him a well-deserved booing during the curtain calls at the end. That is a perfect sign of a villain who played his role well when the booing occurs. And Mr. Rozanski deserved it.
THE BODYGUARD THE MUSICAL is an outstanding production and is only in San Antonio for a week. It plays at the Majestic Theatre from September 19-24, 2017. Go to the Majestic Theatre's website to check availability and show times. This is one you will not want to miss.
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