The Bodyguard Adds Performances to North American Premiere
Paper Mill Playhouse has added two Friday matinees to its run of The Bodyguard due to the show's popularity. Performances are set to begin November 25 in advance of a December 4 opening and will run through January 1, 2017. The added performances will take place on Friday, December 23, at 1:30pm, and Friday, December 30, at 1:30pm. The Paper Mill mounting precedes a national tour that will officially launch at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on January 10, 2017.
The cast of The Bodyguard will star Grammy Award-nominated recording artist and actress Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron alongside Judson Mills in the role of bodyguard Frank Farmer. The principal cast will also include Alex Corrado as Tony Scibelli, Charles Gray, Jonathan Hadley, Jorge Paniagua as the Stalker, Jasmin Richardson as Nicki Marron, and Douglas Baldeo and Kevelin B. Jones III alternating in the role of Rachel's son Fletcher.
Based on Lawrence Kasdan's Oscar-nominated film, which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard had its world premiere in London's West End where it was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including best new musical and won best new musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards. The romantic thriller follows former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker.
The production features a book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman) and a score of classic songs 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 "I Will Always Love You." Thea Sharrock directs, with choreography by Karen Bruce.