Review #5 – The Bodyguard Musical

The Bodyguard the Musical posterGet ready for bright lights, big action, and tender love! Hello, everyone. For those of you new to my blog, my name is Joshua. Today I will be reviewing The Bodyguard Musical, based on the 1992 film, The Bodyguard. The Bodyguard Musical was written by Alexander Dinelaris and originally opened on December 5, 2012, at the West End. The US Tour currently stars Deborah Cox as the famous actress/singer Rachel Marron and Judson Mills as her bodyguard Frank Farmer. The show uses songs made famous by the deceased singer Witney Houston, the same actress who played Rachel Marron in the original 1992 film. I saw The Bodyguard Musical on June 14, 2017, at the San Diego Civic Theatre in San Diego, California. Before we begin the review, let’s talk about the story behind this dazzling musical.

Synopsis

Act One

Queen of the Night
Rachel Marron, the “Queen of the Night”

Rachel Marron is one of the most famous singers around but is unaware that a stalker has been sending her deranged and disturbing death threats. She continues to perform while her manager searches for a bodyguard that can protect her (“Queen of the Night”). Frank Farmer is a former Secret Service hired to serve as Rachel’s bodyguard. Farmer manages to get into Rachel’s mansion without needing any clearance and explains that security needs to be heightened, but Rachel is oblivious to her stalkers threatening notes and believes that she is perfectly safe at home. Farmer watches as Rachel rehearses one of her songs with her young ten-year-old son Fletcher (“How Will I Know”). Afterward, Farmer is introduced to Rachel’s existing bodyguard, Tony, who believes that he is good enough and that Rachel doesn’t need Farmer to protect her.

 

Rachel works on a new song with her sister, Nikki (“Greatest love of All”). Meanwhile, Farmer equips Rachel’s mansion with security, and Fletcher imprints on him, looking up to Farmer as a fatherly figure. Rachel sees them interacting and goes up to Farmer and tells him that he will not interact with her or her family and their life.

Farmer leaves for the night to see Nikki perform at a small club. After performing, Nikki sits down with Farmer and shares a drink with him. She tells him about her childhood band, and that after Rachel joined it became clear that there could only be one singer in the family. Farmer gives a chilly Nikki his coat, and Nikki flirts with him, hoping to begin a romantic relationship with him (“Saving All My Love for You”).

The Bodyguard

Sy, Rachel’s music producer, pressures an angry Rachel to perform at a nightclub called the Mayan. Rachel ignores him and angrily vents about Farmer, who won’t let her go to Sunday Brunch. Farmer tells Rachel that she can’t do anything that she’s done, like weekly Sunday Brunch. Rachel asks Farmer if she can perform at the Mayan, but Farmer tells her that it is too dangerous. In an effort to anger Farmer, Rachel tells Sy to book the show at the Mayan.

The night of the show at the Mayan approaches and the stalker prepares to kill Rachel…

the bodyguard mayan medly
Rachel Marron in the arms of her bodyguard, Frank Farmer

Rachel arrives at the Mayan to find another death threat in her dressing room. Farmer reveals to Rachel that this isn’t the first note and that a stalker is trying to kill her. Farmer tells Rachel that they should leave, but Rachel declines, explaining that she doesn’t want to be a coward. Rachel gets on stage and performs, but the stalker comes on stage and almost stabs her, before being thrown off stage by Farmer. Farmer swoops Rachel up into his arms and runs out of the club with her, saving her from death. (“Mayan Medley: Million Dollar Bill/I Wanna Dance With Somebody/So Emotional”).

Rachel begins to be more cautious and asks Farmer out on a date since she can’t leave the house unless he’s with her. Farmer reluctantly agrees, and the two go to a small karaoke bar, where a group of college girls performs a hilarious rendition of “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”. Rachel tries to figure out Farmer’s life and says that if she gets him figured out then he has to sing. Farmer agrees and Rachel guesses incorrectly, but Farmer decides to sing anyway. He goes up to the stage and sings a shaky rendition of “I Will Always Love You”. Rachel goes up after him and surprises the audience as they realize that she is the real Rachel Marron (“Run To You”).

Rachel proclaims her love for Farmer and Farmer has to choose between Rachel and Nikki, but ultimately chooses Rachel. The two embrace and share a passionate kiss (“I Have Nothing”).

Act Two

Rachel wakes up in bed next to a still asleep Farmer, presumably after sex. Nikki sees this and grows jealous of her sister (“All the Man That I Need”).

I'm Every Women
Rachel Marron performs “I’m Every Woman”

Farmer later gets a call from the FBI Agent that he needs to break off his relationship with Rachel, explaining that the stalker followed them to the karaoke bar and stole Rachel’s scarf. Farmer tells Rachel that he was reckless and can’t be romantically involved with a “client”. Rachel is extremely mad and storms off. Farmer comforts a troubled Fletcher by giving him a clearance badge for the night of the Oscars. Farmer then leaves with Rachel for a benefit concert in Miami, Florida, where Rachel performs a splendid routine (“I’m Every Woman”).

 

Farmer checks in with the temporary bodyguard who is watching Nikki and Fletcher. Everything is presumably fine, but Farmer is unaware that the temporary bodyguard is actually the stalker. The stalker tells Fletcher that he needs help with Rachel’s “present”, and Fletcher eagerly goes to help him. Nikki sits in her room thinking about her love for her nephew Fletcher, but upon going inside his room she sees that he has disappeared and in his place on the bed is Rachel’s stolen dress.

 

Judson Mills
Frank Farmer, Rachel’s bodyguard, and protector

Nikki calls Farmer and Rachel and they return home from Miami. Fletcher is alright, but the stalker took his clearance badge for the Oscars. Realizing that her son and sister are in as much danger as she is, Rachel tells Farmer that she will do whatever he says if it will keep them protected. Farmer has Rachel cancel the rest of her tour and the four of them travel to Farmer’s parent’s cabin.

 

Farmer confides in Rachel that this cabin holds lots of memories and that he misses his father and his mother, who he wishes he had spent more time with before they died. Farmer goes into the cabin with Rachel and Rachel shares a tender moment with her sister and son (“Jesus Loves Me”).

That night a drunken Nikki admits to Farmer that she wrote to the stalker pretending to be Rachel in order to feel attention. Nikki now believes that it is her fault that all of this has happened, and Farmer comforts her and promises to catch the stalker. Soon afterward the stalker breaks into the cabin and approaches a sleeping Nikki. She wakes up and believes it is Farmer, but screams in terror as the stalker fatally stabs Nikki (“Nikki’s Death”). Farmer, Rachel, and Fletcher run into the room and find Nikki on the ground. The stalker runs off and Farmer chases after him, trying to shoot him down. Meanwhile, Rachel tries to keep her sister alive but watches as she dies in her arms (“Jesus Loves Me (Reprise)”).

Farmer, Rachel, and Fletcher return to the mansion. Farmer comforts a fearful Fletcher and asks Rachel if she is still going to attend the Oscars. Rachel tells Farmer about her and her sister’s dream of winning that Oscar and decides to do it for her sister.

One Moment in time

At the Oscars, Rachel performs “One Moment in Time” from the Oscar nominated film Queen of the Night that she co-wrote with Nikki. As she performs the stalker prepares to shoot her. Farmer notices just in time and jumps in front of Rachel. He gets shot, and Rachel holds him in her arms, uttering the famous line, “Let him go, he’s my bodyguard!” (“He’s My Bodyguard”).

Farmer returns to the mansion sometime later, still recovering from a broken arm. Farmer shares a tender goodbye with Fletcher and Rachel, who kisses him goodbye as they presumably go on another tour with a new bodyguard (“I Will Always Love You”).

Encore

After the final bows, the entire cast returns on stage to perform a spectacular rendition of the song “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”.

Review

The Bodyguard Musical stayed true to its roots while still playing out its own beautiful story. Deborah Cox was truly amazing and did a fantastic job performing as Rachel Marron. She had a terrific singing voice and truly took the audience’s breath away. Judson Mills also did a great job as Rachel’s bodyguard, Frank Farmer, playing a kind and caring fatherly figure for Fletcher and a loving and romantic boyfriend for Rachel. Their tender love story was magically told, with even a little conflict with Rachel’s older sister Nikki (played by Jasmin Richardson) longing to have a romantic relationship with Farmer. Jasmin Richardson also proved to have a spectacular singing voice, and was a much more caring and kind person than her character from the original 1992 film. Douglas Baldeo, who played Rachel’s son Fletcher, was a cute and attention grabbing child with a great voice and a joyful energy that added an extra touch to the performance.

 

Deborah Cox to Lead National Tour of 'The Bodyguard' Musical8/7/16 Joan Marcus
Rachel’s glittering gown during “I Will Always Love You”

The Bodyguard Musical was truly exciting and magnificent, with various sights and sounds, including spectacular musical numbers with bright lights and incredible dancing from both the men and women. The costumes were glittering and dazzling, especially Rachel’s various dresses and outfits for her various performances. The Bodyguard Musical also included many realistic stunts and gun shots, with some scenes giving you a jolt of fear that made your heart skip a beat. The emotion the cast had was truly wonderful. It made you feel and understand the love, sadness, happiness, and action going on in their lives. This musical is a masterpiece, with catchy songs that will keep you singing them days afterward.

 

I recommend The Bodyguard Musical to anyone, whether you love musicals or not because it is a beautiful love story that expresses great charm and emotion.

The Bodyguard Musical is currently touring worldwide! You can find tickets for a performance near you at www.thebodyguardmusical.com.

Rating

♥♥♥♥♥ out of ♥♥♥♥♥

Thank you so much for reading my review on The Bodyguard Musical. Be sure to comment and check back daily for new and interesting reviews on films, books, and much more. If you would like to suggest to me an idea for a review or have comments or concerns, please contact me below.

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