The Bodyguard, The Musical
By Edward Lieberman
The White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) is hosting the
regional premiere of The
Bodyguard, the Musical, based upon the hit movie, “The Bodyguard,”
which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The show marked Ms. Houston’s
acting debut and features several songs made famous by her, including “Greatest
Love of All,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” the Houston version of Dolly
Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” “One Moment in Time,” and the iconic “I
Wanna Dance with Somebody.”
As mentioned, the show tracks the storyline of the movie, about a
narcissistic megastar singer who is the target of threats on her life. Her
handlers prevail upon her to hire Frank Farmer, a no-nonsense former Secret
Service agent, as bodyguard. The relationship between the two evolves from an
adversarial one to that of lovers. The musical theater version expands the role
of Rachel’s sister, Nicky, creating a love triangle between the sisters and
The draw in this production is the casting of Latoya London, a
former finalist on American
Idol, as Rachel. Sean Hayden plays Frank. In the opinion of this
reviewer, however, you may come for the leads, but you will stay for Cecilia
Snow, who plays Nicki. Ms. Snow’s powerful voice steals the show from her more
famous sister/cast mates in their duets, “Run to You” and “Jesus Loves Me, and
in her solos, “Saving All My Love for You” and “All at Once.” She is worth the
price of admission!
WPPAC is a little gem of a venue, located adjacent to the White
Plains multiplex movie theater. It boasts comfortable seats with plenty of
legroom and good sightlines. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. This is
complemented by a good professional backstage presence, from innovative sets by
Christopher and Justin Swader, which were imaginatively lit by Adam Honore. The
orchestra did not overpower the singers under the direction of Stephen Ferri
and sound design by Jon Weston. The large cast of dancers was ably choreographed
by Daniel Gold under the overall direction of Frank Portanova.
The Bodyguard, The Musical will be at the WPPAC
through May 12, 2019.
Address: 11 City Place, White Plains, NY 10601
Box Office: wppac.com; (914) 328-1600.
*There is ample parking in the adjacent City Parking structure,
and affords covered access to the theater.