The Bodyguard, a triumphant success in London’s West End, will make its Kansas City debut at Starlight Theatre on August 8-13. The national touring production is the sixth show of Starlight’s 67th Broadway season and the third of three brand-new musicals lighting up the Starlight night this summer.
Grammy® Award-nominated, multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox stars as Rachel Marron. Cox made her Broadway debut as the lead in Aida and most recently starred as Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde. In the role of bodyguard Frank Farmer is television star Judson Mills. Since starting his acting career with a three-year stint in “As the World Turns,” Mills has had numerous guest and starring roles on TV series ranging from “Law and Order” and “The X Files” to “Walker, Texas Ranger.” He has also appeared in more than 20 feature films, including the Academy Award-nominated Gods and Monsters.
Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film and adapted by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris, The Bodyguard had its world premiere Dec. 5, 2012, at London’s Adelphi Theatre. It was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Set Design, and it won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards. The production in January 2017 completed a return run in the West End after a sold-out 16-month tour throughout the U.K. and Ireland.
The Bodyguard’s story is a romantic thriller. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge, but what they don’t expect is to fall in love. The musical’s score features a host of hits, including “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the biggest-selling songs of all time, “I Will Always Love You.”
“This show is pure entertainment and all about the songs audiences love,” said Rich Baker, Starlight President and CEO. “If you liked the movie, you’ll love the musical. And, in my opinion, Deborah Cox’s voice is the closest thing you’ll find to the original!”
The Bodyguard’s creative team is led by British director Thea Sharrock, choreographer Karen Bruce, set and costume designer Tim Hatley, lighting designer Mark Henderson, sound designer Richard Brooker and video design by Duncan McLean. Orchestrations are by Chris Egan, musical supervision by Richard Beadle and production musical supervision by Mike Dixon. Musical director Matthew Smedal conducts the show’s live orchestra.
Joining Cox and Mills in the principal cast are Alex Corrado (Gotham, Hannibal) as Tony Scibelli, Rachel’s personal security guard; Jarid Faubel (Black & White, X-Men: First Class) as FBI agent Ray Court; Charles Gray (Broadway: The Color Purple, Tour: The Lion King) as manager Bill Devaney; Jonathan Hadley (Broadway: Jersey Boys, A Class Act) as publicist Sy Spector; Jorge Paniagua (Regional: The Full Monty, Oregon Shakespeare Festival) as the Stalker; Jasmin Richardson (Tour: Memphis, Dreamgirls) as Rachel’s sister Nicki Marron; and Douglas Baldeo (Broadway: Kinky Boots, Tour: Motown) and Kevelin B. Jones III (Idlewild Music Festival) alternating in the role of Rachel’s son, Fletcher.
Tickets for The Bodyguard at Starlight Theatre are on sale now for $14 to $142. Tickets are available online at www.kcstarlight.com, by calling 816.363.STAR (7827) or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO 64132. All performances begin at 8 p.m.
Discount prices for groups of 10 or more are available. For information about group pricing, contact group sales coordinator Camille Sumrall at 816.997.1137 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the show, visit www.thebodyguardmusical.com.
About Starlight Theatre
Starlight Theatre, a recent winner of the Venue Excellence Award from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in Kansas City and the second-largest outdoor producing theatre in the country. Opened as a theater in 1950 and as a not-for-profit organization in 1951, Starlight presents and produces Broadway musicals and concerts. It also offers extensive community outreach and educational programming, including classes, scholarships and Starlight’s Blue Star Awards, one of the largest high school musical theatre award programs in the nation.
Located on 16 acres in Swope Park, Starlight’s venue includes rehearsal halls, gift store, club area for dining, concessions, gardens, fountains and a 10-story, climate-controlled stage.
For more information, visit www.kcstarlight.com.