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January 2017 Blog Posts (45)

The Queen of the night is still reigning

A good attention getter starts a show off right. Though I do think that a gunshot can scare quite a few people, it was a good way to start off the show and shock the audience into their seats. A tiny bit of warning would have been appreciated. An upbeat rock concert does definitely make up for the shock. The Bodyguard used shock factor and scare techniques to drag their audience into the show. On January…


Added by Avery Ronning on January 29, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Bodyguard: Murderer vs. Superstar

"The Bodyguard" follows the life of superstar Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox) as a murderer who is in love plots her death (Bradford Rahmlow). A bodyguard is hired for for her protection (Judson Mills), whom she promptly falls in love with. Based off of the 1992 movie with Whitney Houston, the show had big shoes to fill. The performance of "The Bodyguard" at the Orpheum captured the intensity of plot and the magic of Whitney Houston's music. The excellent voices and eerie technical elements created… Continue

Added by Euphrosyne Daoutidou on January 19, 2017 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

The Bodyguard ~ Anisha Sharma

The Bodyguard was an amazing show that I would totally recommend. It was like watching a movie in real life. It was straightforward, to the point, and the overall production was top quality. The Bodyguard was based off a real movie that came out in 1982. The movie starred Whitney Huston and Kevin Costner. The story was about a pop star who was being stalked, and her bodyguard, played by Judson Mills, who protected her and kept her safe. There were some side stories going…


Added by Anisha Sharma on January 18, 2017 at 10:11pm — 1 Comment

Victorian Era Meets Millennial Jokes in Cinderella

An elegant red curtain whisked away revealing a disheveled kitchen, who’s messiness was overshadowed by the glamorous production quality of the Children’s Theatre Stage. Eight young performers shuffled on stage to remind the audience to turn off their phones, a sure sign of the uniqueness of this production. After the ensemble makes their grand entrance to welcome the audience into the story, Cinderella’s two ugly stepsisters (Dean Holt) and (Reed Sigmund) and stepmother…


Added by Linnea Stanton on January 17, 2017 at 12:32pm — 1 Comment

The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard

Rachael Bernstein


The Bodyguard started with a bang and I mean a literal bang. I was not sure what was going on. I wasn’t sure if the bang was a gun shot or a part of the show. Suddenly the curtain started to slowly rise and letters started to appear on the screen spelling out The Bodyguard. The Bodyguard is based on the 1982 movie of the same name staring Whitney Huston and Kevin Costner.

Once the show starts we are thrown…


Added by Rachael Bernstein on January 16, 2017 at 10:35pm — No Comments

It started and ended with a bang!

Walking into the theatre, I was getting more and more excited, as was the rest of the audience. I am a major fan of Whitney Houston and have seen the movie The Bodyguard before. Adapting movies to musicals can be tricky and I did not expect the show to be so amazing! Though the show was not the smoothest with the frequent interruptions of songs that provided little exposition, I loved the voices of Deborah Cox who has worked with Whitney Houston.

               The show started…


Added by Olivia Haan on January 16, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Bodyguard: Starting with a "BANG" and ending with a "Meh"

The Bodyguard started with a BANG- and it only got more dramatic from there. Hit-or-miss vocals and a series of incredibly loud noises followed by a series of incredibly slow (and sad) love songs came together in the show that may or may not be one of the reasons that “theatre” is also referred to as “drama.”

The story of a Bodyguard who falls in love with the celebrity he is protecting, Rachel Marron, (played by Deborah Cox) is told through a series of unforgettable Whitney Houston…


Added by Jada ShaNel Gardner on January 16, 2017 at 12:31pm — 1 Comment

The Bodyguard: In and Out with a Bang

Bang. Suddenly the lights went out as a deafening gunshot rang throughout the theater, letters that used to spell “The Bodyguard” shattering on a projection screen. The audience frantically looked around, trying to identify what was going on, when suddenly the curtain rose and the show began. After my heart rate returned to normal, I was able to focus on what a spectacular opening I had just witnessed. My blood was pumping through my veins, my senses alert, and I was ready…


Added by Giselle Durand on January 16, 2017 at 1:59am — 2 Comments

This Show Had One Job...

...And it kinda delivered. This show, based on the iconic 1992 thriller starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, had breathtaking solo performances, innovative video design, and a legendary finale, but the characterization and duets/trios in The Bodyguard failed to give me chills- besides the kind created by jump scares. Overall, the show was a fun way to spend a Tuesday night, but had a clunky delivery that only a fan of the movie could love.

It is not surprising that the music… Continue

Added by R. Grace Carey on January 15, 2017 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Bodyguard

It's rare that I go to see a musical and fear for my life in the theatre. The Bodyguard started with a bang, literally, and I almost fell out of my seat. It's dangerous these days to have a show that features gunshots, and I felt that I was not the only one in the audience who felt that way. After this frightening beginning, the audience is flung into the story of a Whitney-Houston-like character, Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox) who finds herself seriously threatened by a crazed fan, and falls in… Continue

Added by Catherine Lily Wojda on January 14, 2017 at 11:33pm — No Comments

The Bodyguard

Megan Weber

The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard- The show That Started out With a Bang

On Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of seeing The Bodyguard at the Orpheum. The play follows Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox) who is a major celebrity. Things become difficult for Marron when it is discovered that she has a stalker. Marron ends up getting a bodyguard (Judson Mills), whose name is Frank Farmer, to help protect her and her son (Douglas Baldeo). At first Marron hates Farmer, but… Continue

Added by Megan Weber on January 14, 2017 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

The Bodyguard Review

George Mulder

The Bodyguard

Deborah Cox’s Musical

When one extraordinary woman steals the show, it is hard not to like it. Grammy-nominated Deborah Cox stars in The Bodyguard at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis until January 15th. The role was originally played by Whitney Houston in the 1992 film of the same title. The musical originated in London in 2012. It tells the story of Rachel Marron, one of the biggest pop stars of her time,…


Added by George Mulder on January 13, 2017 at 9:27am — 2 Comments

Bodyguard' brings audience to their feet, hands in the aiIf

Emma Meents

'Bodyguard' brings audience to their feet, hands in the air

With its amazing ballads and riveting storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat, The Bodyguard brings audiences to their feet, with hands waiving in the air. The crowd-pleasing Bodyguard will be playing at the Orpheum Theatre January 10th through January 15th.

As a child of two gay dads I was raised listening to Whitney Houston's music. ‘I wanna dance with somebody’ has always been an… Continue

Added by Emma Meents on January 13, 2017 at 8:20am — 2 Comments

The Bodygaurd

Zoe Redfern-Hall

The Bodyguard


Greatest Love of All


I wanted to dance with somebody in this broadway rendition of The Bodyguard. This show, performed at the Orpheum through the fifteenth is one to see. This show boldly shows what it will be right from the start, immediately drawing you in. The lights went dark as…


Added by Zoe Redfern-Hall on January 13, 2017 at 7:41am — 1 Comment

jarring Melodrama Meets Great Pop Concert

The Bodyguard, a 1992 film, now joins the ranks of the countless other films which have been remodeled into musical extravaganzas for the stage. Originally starring Whitney Houston, the film follows pop star sensation Rachel Marron as she struggles to protect her family and herself from an assassin who leaves her mysterious and threatening letters. In order to do so, a new bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to tighten up security. Rachel feels that following his new…


Added by Noah Coon on January 13, 2017 at 7:16am — 2 Comments

A Million Dollar Bill Production?

Everyone loves Whitney Houston. But, for me, at least, even an iconic song list full of her greatest hits couldn’t save The Bodyguard. Playing at the Orpheum Theatre from January 10 through January 15, The Bodyguard tells the story of superstar Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox) and her newly appointed…


Added by Elizabeth Donovan on January 13, 2017 at 2:08am — 2 Comments

Jesus Loves Me (This Musical less so)

Based on the 1992 Warner Brothers film, The Bodyguard is . . . let’s see . . .  over the top? It’s melodramatic plot weakens its platform in reality, and the poorly developed characters have the logic of distressed teenagers in a low budget horror movie. Despite all this, there’s a reason it has gained publicity and adoration from audiences since its debut in 2012 at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End: the music. The film, featuring Whitney…


Added by Nina Afremov on January 13, 2017 at 1:14am — 2 Comments

Nostalgia and Not Much Else: The Bodyguard the Musical

As I arrived at the Orpheum on opening night of The Bodyguard, I was admittedly a bit sleepy. As the show started with a literal bang, I was cured of my lack of energy instantly. Unfortunately, the strong start to the show only foreshadowed a night full of inconsistency.

The Bodyguard is based on a movie of the same title starring Whitney Houston and the entire soundtrack consists of beloved Whitney songs. The show follows a celebrity of Houston-like fame named Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox)… Continue

Added by Talia Wendlandt on January 13, 2017 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Save Your Time and Just Watch the Movie

When going to see theater shows I always have an open mindset, and most of the time I leave the show with many good thoughts and few bad thoughts. However, in the case of The Bodyguard, playing at the Orpheum Theater I left feeling disappointed and not impressed with the performance. The Bodyguard, adapted from the 1992 movie with the same name starring Whitney Houston, contained incredible vocals but lacked the acting…


Added by Calvin mattson on January 13, 2017 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Saving All my Love for The Bodyguard

Walking into the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis last night, there appeared to be a mutual lack of excitement coming from the students walking around before the start of The Bodyguard. I didn’t know much about the show at all, having never seen the movie, and I don’t listen to much Whitney Houston, so, unlike every other show this season, I really had no idea what to expect. When the initial gunshot went off, I was terrified and riveted and immediately pulled into the…


Added by Grace Whiting on January 13, 2017 at 12:15am — 2 Comments

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