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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…

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

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

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…

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Added by Noah Coon on January 13, 2017 at 7:16am — 1 Comment

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Jukebox Flop

Madilyn Duffy

The Bodyguard

Jukebox Flop

On numerous occasions in the last year shows have left me in awe by the time the curtain closed for the final time at the end of the night. I have been in tears, I have been smiling ear to ear, I have been clapping so hard my hands hurt, but I have never felt what I did at the end of The Bodyguard. I felt bored. It grieves me to put such a descriptor on a show, but there was no way around it. The show, try as it might to be a fresh…

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Added by Madilyn Duffy on January 12, 2017 at 9:30am — 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

Soars Above the Rest

 

         Lives are made of a series of memories; both good and bad they answer life’s many questions. Fun Home, at the Orpheum December 13-18th, is based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel (played by Kate Shindle). The production focuses on Bechdel growing up and discovering she’s a lesbian and her complicated relationship with her gay father. She is creating her memoir and her story is told…

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Added by Anika Besst on December 16, 2016 at 12:48am — 1 Comment

Fun Show

“Days and days and days…” that’s how long I was looking forward to seeing the Tony award-winning musical Fun Home when it came to town. A moving story based on a graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home explores the flashbacks of a lesbian woman, named Alison, who is reminiscing about her youth- specifically her history with exploring her sexuality, as well as her relationship with her father, a gay man who spent his…

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Added by Jada ShaNel Gardner on December 16, 2016 at 12:17am — 1 Comment

We Rearrange and Realign

 

When the Bechdel children tell you to “come to the fun home,” you’d better listen. Fun Home, based on the graphic-novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, tells the life and times of real-life cartoon artist Alison Bechdel. The musical, told from Bechdel’s perspective at three different ages, primarily focuses on the difficult relationship between Alison and her family, especially her…

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Added by Sabrina Merritt on December 15, 2016 at 11:29pm — 2 Comments

One Moment of Perfect Balance

Fun Home ends with Alison Bechdel proclaiming that just sometimes, there were moments of perfect balance in her life. Fun Home itself however, is a real moment of perfect balance of light and dark. Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel, Fun Home is on its first nationwide tour. In 2015, Fun Home won five Tony awards, including one for Best Musical.…

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Added by Ella Padden on December 15, 2016 at 10:56pm — 2 Comments

Fun Home: Learning to Fly

Airplane: a quintessential childhood game. Being lifted up by a parent’s legs, them allowing you to fly while they are pushed to the floor. Holding on until you strike a perfect balance, spreading your arms so you can hover in midair, pretending you are flying. Not only does the game of airplane have a whole song dedicated to it in Fun Home, but it also is a reflection of the entire plot: a father lifting his daughter up to fly, while he is pinned to the floor, supporting her until he…

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Added by Delia Grimes on December 15, 2016 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

It Might Still Break a Heart or Two

Typically, a night at the theater entails a night full of song, dance, and laughter with the slightest touch of sadness to make your heart clench, before everything is put back together and the protagonist live happily ever after. Fun Home, directed by Sam Gold proves that there are some stories that just don’t end with a happily ever after. The show follows the true story of Alison Bechdel, a lesbian cartoonist and her intricate relationship with her father Bruce, who unknowingly to Alison,…

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Added by Kayli Schneider on December 15, 2016 at 10:44pm — 1 Comment

Caption: What a Show

Theatre, perhaps in a most simple term, is just storytelling. Every piece of theatre has a beginning, a middle, and an end, just like a story. Some theatre pieces are wild and fantastical, while others are filled with love and romance; some, however, are honest and harrowing. These kinds of stories are the hardest to portray on stage because of the depth required of them. Fun Home,…

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Added by Larissa Milles on December 15, 2016 at 4:42pm — 2 Comments

Curious Incident - Technology Age Theater

Based on the 2003 mystery murder novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, adapted by Simon Stephens, has made a quick ascent into the modern theater world. Since it’s debut at the West End Theatre in 2012, it has gained international attention and has cultivated countless awards in only four years with its innovative technical details and fearlessness to portray difficult circumstances.…

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Added by Nina Afremov on December 2, 2016 at 1:16am — 2 Comments

A "Curious" Story & 21st Century Technology

The title "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" is quite a mouthful and the emotional story is hard to swallow. The play follows an autistic boy named Christopher (Adam Langdon) who is accused of killing his neighbor's dog and is determined to uncover who committed the crime. In his search, he discovers truth that leaves him traumatized and reveals familial troubles. He goes on a dangerous and draining trip to find his mother. In the end, he has to heal, find hope, and forgive.… Continue

Added by Euphrosyne Daoutidou on December 2, 2016 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

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