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 we were blasted with the pop music of Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox) as she was revealed. It was the feeling of a concert, not something you'd expect from a musical production, but amazing nonetheless.
In the beginning of the show Frank Farmer (Judson Mills) is shown shooting a man, then the curtain parts and there's Rachel Marron singing her heart out. As the show progresses we meet Nicki Marron (Jasmin Richardson), Rachel ‘s sister, and her son, Fletcher Marron (Douglas Baldo) and feel their pain and love for their family and friends. We also get to see both the serious and carefree sides of Rachel Marron, learn all about the bad feelings between her and Nicki. We see the relationship develop between Rachel and Frank and have a rush of emotions at the end when they leave each other.
The play had many different elements to make it the blinding success that it is, but one large element in this, and any good performance, is the costumes. Costumes in shows pull it together, tell the time period and describe the character. Throughout the the show Rachel wears many different costumes. When she's on stage and performing, she wears a glitzy, glittery, sexy, short dress or bodysuit. She wears bright and bold colors on stage like red and gold, showing that she's a star and confident in herself, or at least wants to appear like it. But when she’s at home or out with frank she’s wearing loser, jewel tones or pastels which are very quiet colors, showing she doesn't want as much attention to herself.
Overall the play was very good but one thing that bothered me and and that i found quite inappropriate was the jarring gunshots at the beginning of the play and the sudden gunshots throughout. It may have been appropriate when the story was written but at this time, there is a lot of fear around guns, especially in enclosed places, like a theater. Also when the Stalker (Jorge Paniagua) pointed the gun at the audience. Both of these caused fear and adrenaline to race through my body and caused others to scream in fear.While I could see where those scenes might be needed i definitely think they could have changed it and made some adjustments since the show itself was not about the current shootings that have been taking place.