John Szablewski Reviews

Theatre Review: ‘The Bodyguard The Musical’ at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre

The cast of “The Bodyguard The Musical” at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre.

If you have been following my reviews for the last five seasons, you will be aware that I graduated from film school. I was a pretty terrible film major, in that I didn’t watch enough movies. To this day, I hate going to the movies. It’s probably because there hasn’t been anything worth while on the silver screen in sometime, but I digress. One of the things that I do appreciate about movies, is when they are well written, and the story captivates my interest. One thing I also like, is when the film that I have not seen, is adapted for the stage, and has a story that is very exciting that I can be introduced to. This can be said for “The Bodyguard.”

This show is a fun time had by all. You will be tapping your feet, dancing in the aisles, and hoping that the night will never end! Go see this show!

“The Bodyguard” is based on the Warner Bros. film of the same name which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, and tells the story of Rachel Marron (Deborah Cox), a Grammy award winner singer who begins getting strange fan mail threatening her life. Frank Farmer (Judson Mills) is hired to update security practices and make sure that Rachel is safe. As their professional relationship begins to get stronger, so does their personal relationship, perhaps it gets a little too strong.

Going in, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was a little concerned that this was just going to be a cheesy jukebox musical. Luckily, it is not. What this show is, however, is a night out that allows the audience to hear some magnificent singing and see some awesome staging of a great story.

Deborah Cox is a powerhouse in this production as Rachel. Her voice is fantastic as she sings countless numbers, including “How Will I Know,” “I’m Every Woman,” and “I Want To Dance With Somebody.” Each song builds and her voice rings throughout the theater, putting smiles on faces and making feet start tapping. She does not disappoint.

Judson Mills does a fantastic job as Frank in this production. Mills is instantly an audience favorite when he enters the stage, and he drives the story along with his presence. He compliments Ms Cox well.

Kevelin B. Jones III plays Rachel’s son Fletcher, and his young talent is definitely one to be reckoned with. He plays with the big wigs on stage is not afraid to shine. He is fantastic.

The ensemble of this show backs up the principle players extremely well, providing wonderful dancing, sex appeal, and support in bringing this story to life on stage.

The set design by Tim Hatley is really mesmerizing, and while it might seem simple, the wonderful design allows for the story to move effortlessly, and is a very effective in it’s creation, implementation, and design.

This show is a fun time had by all. You will be tapping your feet, dancing in the aisles, and hoping that the night will never end! Go see this show!

Running Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes, with one 15-minute intermission.

“The Bodyguard” runs until October 29, 2017 and is presented at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre. For more information, click here.