Audiences will love the unforgettable music of “The Bodyguard,” including the mega-hit “I Will Always Love You.” The show opens in Sacramento on April 18. Courtesy photo

Entertainment

‘The Bodyguard’ saves the day

By From page B2 | April 12, 2017

Broadway Sacramento announces that the first U.S. national tour of the hit musical “The Bodyguard” will play at the Sacramento Community Center Theater April 18-23.

Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox stars as Rachel Marron. In the role of bodyguard Frank Farmer is television star Judson Mills.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, and adapted by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris, “The Bodyguard” had its world premiere on Dec. 5, 2012, at London’s Adelphi Theatre. “The Bodyguard” was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Best Set Design and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.

The UK production of the musical recently completed a triumphant return run in London’s West End after a sell-out 16-month UK and Ireland tour.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Farmer is hired to protect superstar Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, “The Bodyguard” features a host of irresistible classics 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.”

Direction is by Thea Sharrock. Set and costume design is by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Mark Henderson, sound design by Richard Brooker and video design by Duncan McLean. Choreography is by Karen Bruce, orchestrations by Chris Egan, musical supervision by Richard Beadle and production musical supervision by Mike Dixon. Musical director Matthew Smedal conducts the live orchestra. The U.S. national tour of “The Bodyguard” is produced by Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations Inc.

Rounding out the principal cast are Alex Corrado as personal security guard Tony Scibelli, Jarid Faubel as FBI agent Ray Court, Charles Gray as manager Bill Devaney, Jonathan Hadley as publicist Sy Spector, Jorge Paniagua as the Stalker, Jasmin Richardson as Rachel’s sister Nicki Marron and Douglas Baldeo and Kevelin B. Jones III alternating in the role of Rachel’s son Fletcher.

The ensemble includes Brendon Chan, Willie Dee, Megan Elyse Fulmer, Alejandra Matos, DeQuina Moore, Bradford Rahmlow, Benjamin Rivera, Sean Rozanski, Matthew Schmidt, Jaquez André Sims, Maria Cristina Slye, Nicole Spencer, Lauren Tanner and Naomi C. Walley.

Tickets for “The Bodyguard” start at $25 and are available at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento or by calling (916) 557-1999, at the Community Center Theater box office, 1301 L St. in Sacramento, or by calling (916) 808-5181 or online at Tickets.com. Groups of 12 or more can reserve tickets by calling (916) 557-1198. Evening performances are Tuesday, April 18, through Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m. Matinees are Thursday, April 20; Saturday, April 22; and Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m.

For more information call (916) 557-1999, visit BroadwaySacramento.com or visit thebodyguardmusical.com.

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