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The Bodyguard Falls Short

After beginning its 2016-2017 season with three knockout shows in a row, the Orpheum theater seemed to be on something of a winning streak. Unfortunately, The Bodyguard, the latest installment, has broken that streak. With a muddy storyline and overall confusing stylistic choices, it fails to live up to its predecessors as a cohesive piece.

 

The Bodyguard chronicles the…

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Added by Eleanor Wilhelmi on January 13, 2017 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

The Bodyguard: Sugar and Cheese

The Bodyguard, in my opinion, walked the fine line between an overly cheesy performance and a great theatrical production. They mainly stayed on the positive side of that line, and when doing so reminded me of many of my favorite aspects of theater. For example, whenever Deborah Cox stepped onstage, I could not draw my attention off her. She was glitzy and gorgeous and had a huge voice that perfectly matched one power ballad after another. On the other hand, there were a few moments here and… Continue

Added by Nick Ericksen on January 13, 2017 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

The Bodyguard is Bittersweet

As the curtain rose and fell, the opening night of The Bodyguard both started, and ended with a bang. The Bodyguard, based on the 1992 movie, merges theater, film, and music into a bittersweet story elevated by masterful actors and actresses. The actors and actresses were electrifying, but the plot was at best, mediocre. The storyline was clear in its premise; on stage however, it was often cluttered and hard to recognize…

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Added by Ella Padden on January 13, 2017 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

The Bodyguard: A Very New Musical

Between the comic book aesthetic, the uptight dancers, and the subpar acting, Lawrence Kasdan and Alexander Dinelaris’ The Bodyguard failed to achieve the level of Whitney expected. Based on the film and featuring many Billboard hits made famous by artists such as Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson, this show follows a famous pop singer who is being stalked and her new bodyguard as they fall dangerously in love. The musical itself is cliche and still seems to have some kinks,…

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Added by Sam Irvin on January 12, 2017 at 11:18pm — 2 Comments

Run to the Bodyguard!

The Bodyguard

Everyone has one fantasy moment of being famous. The Bodyguard the Musical is a beautiful love story that shows everyone the “back stage life” of the very famous “Rachel Marron”, who is brilliantly played by Deborah Cox. The first second of the show is attention grabbing and jaw dropping. Throughout the rest of the musical you keep getting more and more impressed. First the show is such a…

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Added by Ananda Cordova Stuart on January 12, 2017 at 10:34pm — 1 Comment

The Bodyguard

I love musicals!  The singing and dancing in this show were brilliant.  Most of its’ approximately two and a half hours was made up of musical numbers.  It was great!  The two Marron sisters, Fletcher, and the fabulous ensemble had incredible voices.  Even poor little Frank got to sing.  The power and heart behind Deborah Cox – playing Rachel Marron - and Jasmin Richardson’s - playing Nicki Marron – singing was inspiring.  They earned my enthusiastic applause. 

The family dynamics in…

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Added by Ruby Schroeder on January 12, 2017 at 10:27pm — 2 Comments

I Will Always Love You, Bodyguard

It all started with a bang, literally! That bang was followed by singing, dancing, and a whole lot of drama! With the music of Whitney…

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Added by Clare Judge on January 12, 2017 at 10:17pm — 1 Comment

The Bodyguard!

The 1992 romantic thriller film, The Bodyguard, has been adapted into a stage musical featuring the iconic songs of Whitney Houston! Thats right, The Bodyguard musical by Alexander Dinelaris is playing right here in Minneapolis at the Orpheum though January 15th. Part drama and part concert, the show follows entertainer Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox) as she seeks protection from an unknown stalker. Hired as Marron’s…

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Added by Thomas Bertron on January 12, 2017 at 10:12pm — 2 Comments

It started with a bang

The Bodyguard started with a bang and ended with a…. Dance number. The drama was beautiful but at some points, unnecessary. With the screens and tech you were suddenly swept into a mystery-romance-comedy and away from the 1920’s architecture of the Orpheum.

The set was beautifully designed by Tim Hatley, with the mid-2010 house design, mixing with the tech details by Duncan Mclean. It was definitely a “Lights, Camera, Action!” moment when the curtain parted after the first scene and…

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Added by Phina Smith on January 12, 2017 at 10:07pm — 1 Comment

Dear The Bodyguard: Next Time, Save Yourself First

The Bodyguard, now playing at the Orpheum, lacks the musical’s inspiration, Whitney Houston’s, defining attribute: soul. There are times when a show with a disconnected plot, mediocre characters, and mainly lackluster musical numbers can still be enjoyable; maybe it is saved by one standout performer, or an exhilarating plot line. Unfortunately, The Bodyguard is not one of those shows- in fact, the closest it gets to being entertaining is the humor one may be able to find in…

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Added by Delia Grimes on January 12, 2017 at 10:03pm — 2 Comments

1992 Reinvented

        An ear splitting gun shot sends a hush through the audience as the words ‘The Bodyguard’ projected on a screen shatter into a million digital gold pieces. As the screen rises the audience enters a world of terror masked by the glamour of being famous. The Bodyguard, which is launching its U.S. National Tour at the Orpheum January 10-15, 2017 is based on the 1992 movie of the same name about the relationship between Rachel Marron, played by Whitney Houston, a diva facing a…

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Added by Anika Besst on January 12, 2017 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

I Wanna Dance with Deborah Cox!

I don’t think that I have ever wanted to get up out of my seat and dance during a show as much as I did when I saw The Bodyguard at the…

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Added by Bella West on January 12, 2017 at 9:48pm — 1 Comment

Where Do Scared Hearts Go?

Theater is usually associated with flashy tap numbers, a star-crossed love story, and a few ballads to make the audience’s hearts break. The Bodyguard, directed by Thea Sharrock, taken from the iconic 1992 movie that starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, tried to tie these three elements together but sadly, with the material they were given, fell short. The production is packed full of talented performers, and the opening and closing numbers had…

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Added by Kayli Schneider on January 12, 2017 at 9:23pm — 2 Comments

I Wanna Go To This Show

The house lights were on, a gun went off, and the lights went out. Screams rang out and people jumped in their seats This doesn’t sound like the typical beginning for a cheesy romantic flick and the Bodyguard showed that it was much more. The Bodyguard is a musical based off the 1992 movie of the same name. The musical was developed by Alexander Dinelaris 20 years after the movie release. It follows Rachel Marron, a famous singer, and Frank Farmer, the bodyguard who is hired to protect her from… Continue

Added by Maria Spack on January 12, 2017 at 8:19pm — 1 Comment

WHERE DO BROKEN SHOWS GO?

The Bodyguard is a jukebox musical featuring songs by Whitney Houston. It was adapted from the 1992 movie of the same name into a musical created by Alexander Dinelaris and orchestrated by Chris Egan. Rachel Marron (played by Deborah Cox), the superstar singer, has been receiving notes from a stalker, so her agent hires a bodyguard, Frank Farmer (played by Judson Mills). The relationship between them…

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Added by Devyn Terry on January 12, 2017 at 7:16pm — 1 Comment

The Bodyguard

Alexander Dinelaris’ production of The Bodyguard began in London, and is based on the Warner Bros. screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan (1992). The story follows Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox) on her journey as a superstar. When Marron’s management team finds a fan letter that threatens her life, former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer (Judson Mills) is brought in to protect Marron and her son. An unexpected love story unfolds as the two realize that to be…

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Added by Liv Krusinski on January 12, 2017 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Run to See the Bodyguard!

There are multiple words to describe this show but one word is, wow. Bodyguard the Musical is a fantastic show based off of the 1992 movie starring Whitney Houston. This romantic thriller involves the pop singer, Rachel Marron struggling with the peak of her career as she has a stalker out on the mission to kill her. Since Rachel is a huge pop star at the time, she hires a bodyguard to protect her whom, she falls in love with.

Going into the performance, to be honest, I wasn't…

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Added by Madi Nelson on January 12, 2017 at 6:13pm — 2 Comments

I'm Saving All My Love for "The Bodyguard"

When I entered the Orpheum Theater for the opening night performance of The Bodyguard, I was expecting nothing more than a corny musical filled with Whitney Houston songs and 80’s rom-com clichés. However, although some parts of the plot definitely delivered on the expected cheesiness, I was pleasantly surprised by the show’s elaborate dance numbers and overall fun and fast-paced energy. It wasn’t a perfect show, but it had a lot of strong redeeming…

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Added by Claire Karges on January 12, 2017 at 5:48pm — 2 Comments

Deborah Cox is the Queen of the Night

If you’re really wishing you could’ve seen a Whitney Houston concert, the next best thing you can get now is seeing The Bodyguard. It’s a dramatic love story, where all-business bodyguard, Frank Farmer (Judson Mills) is assigned to protect bossy popstar Rachel Marron from a stalker, who threatens to kill her at the height of her career. They predictably fall in love, but Rachel’s career and Frank’s job interfere with their relationship.

Modeled…

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Added by Kate Lawless on January 12, 2017 at 5:09pm — 1 Comment

When Curtain Call is the Best Part of the Show

More often than not, musicals and plays are based off of a popular book, television show, or movie.  These types of shows bank on having a pre-existing audience, but many, however, often come across lazily done and are in need of a lot of refinement. The Bodyguard, directed by Thea Sharrock and based on the 1992 film of the same name starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, is…

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Added by Larissa Milles on January 12, 2017 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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