"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 a true romantic thriller.
The play began with a shot fired, the bodyguard shown with his previous client. No lights were dimmed; the audience was not prepared. I found this extremely distasteful in today's day and age, thinking that we were under an attack of some sort. However, the play quickly redeemed itself. The story begins when Rachel's red dress goes missing and a threatening letter is left behind. Every time the bodyguard and his team discovered new parts of the murderer's plan, projections flashed with creepy scenes of him holding the dress, sniffing it, preparing his knife, etc. His entrances on stage were followed by classic thriller music. The way Bradford Rahmlow, the said murderer, managed to portray his character filled the hole I saw in the plot: why would someone so in love with Rachel want to kill her? Through the projected videos, the audience saw him not only formulating his plan but saw how absolutely crazy he was. There were even brief moments nearing sanity where he seemed to struggle with the idea of the murder. This proved so terrifying because the audience could see the twisted thoughts of the murderer and anticipated his attack. He was so infatuated with Rachel that he couldn't let anyone else have her. His convincing performance drove the story and allowed its development.
Deborah Cox's vocal abilities were beyond impressive. She brought the vocal magic to the performance. Her voice did not disappoint in famous songs like "Greatest love of all" and "I will always love you". She also created a visible character development from the beginning, where she is acts so-famous-I'm-above-you towards her new bodyguard, to the end, where we've grown to love her as a character. That ability to allow the audience to see how Rachel changes and to grown to like her makes this performance feel like a movie.
There wasn't one scene in "The Bodyguard" that had me wanting more from it, whether regarding acting or plot. I was not bored nor tired. With a warning before the shot starting the show, it would have reached perfection. The elements of lively music, concert-like effects, two struggling loves, and a life in danger kept me engaged throughout the entire performance and created a show worth watching.