Consideration, Respect, Moderation, Whitney.
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Apr 6 17 7:34 PM
divasummer wrote:Isn't this the soundtrack to the play???
If no then why bother?
Apr 6 17 7:52 PM
Carl of Calif wrote:Glad you enjoyed the show Czechmate. Were you able to get any pictures?
Apr 7 17 10:05 AM
Apr 10 17 11:21 AM
"Whitneymania" opened at the Saenger Theatre Tuesday night to a crowd of adoring and screaming fans. All that the director seems to have forgotten to include among the many video projections were holographic images of the real Whitney Houston.
The producers should just face up to the fact that "The Bodyguard: The Musical" is merely a greatest hits collection concert of songs by the late pop singer. It would be an exercise of truth in advertising and the members of the audience would be just as happy. They also would not have had to endure one of the most piercingly stupid scripts to ever be presented on the stage of the Canal Street palace.
The Broadway in New Orleans series continues to display that it has only a vague relationship with truth - the closest this show has ever gotten to Broadway is a stop in Jersey. With a story that is completely beside the point, "The Bodyguard: The Musical" joins other such artistically vapid but crassly marketed stage adaptations of marginally worthy films as "Ghost: The Musical" or "Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage."
Based on the 1992 film starring Houston and Kevin Costner, the musical stars R&B singer and actress Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron, a pop music diva. When she begins receiving threatening letters from a crazed stalker, her managers hire security expert Frank Farmer, gruffly played by Judson Mills, as her personal bodyguard.
The production proceeds to milk nearly every ounce of Houston's recording legacy, squeezing in about a dozen and a half songs by the singer. At least the creators didn't try to turn it into a legitimate piece of musical theater. The songs are presented in a concert form and not shoehorned in amid the dialogue.
"The Bodyguard" only bursts to life is by turning the Saenger into an arena concert venue. The energetic cast of backup dancers impress in a series of repetitive production numbers, as does Cox, whose knockout pipes are nevertheless over-engineered and amplified to ear-piercing heights. When you have little substance to offer the audience, dazzle them with concert pyrotechnics.
The only thing onstage that is slimmer than the sleek dancers is the slight book by Alexander Dinelaris. Fans of the original film might enjoy it, but it fails both as a suspense thriller and a love story.
The acting throughout is flatly two-dimensional. These characters are dull. When not singing, Cox is just presents Rachel as a sniping diva. She gets little help from Mills who takes macho stoicism to the extreme as the stiff Frank. When he is first assigned to protect her, Rachel chafes at his control over her life. Then turning on an emotional dime that is completely unbelievable, they fall in love.
Meanwhile, the stalker looms ever closer, showcasing his skill at striking poses and holding a knife in the air at the right angle to glimmer in the shadowy lighting. As Frank and the security team attempt to track down the stalker, the play builds only meager levels of suspense. As thriller or police procedural, the script is filled with more holes than a typical New Orleans street.
A handful of other actors try their best to bring this material to life, but most are going through the motions, hitting their marks to avoid being hit by the constantly moving drops coming from every direction. They receive little help from director Thea Sharrock, who shoves scenes along to get to the next the glitzy staged song.
It's those songs that Houston made famous that the audience wants to hear anyway - "Greatest Love of All," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "One Moment in Time," "Saving All My Love," and (you know it's coming) "I Will Always Love You." Well before the now requisite 10-minute curtain call production number, the opening night audience was on its feet clapping along. They, indeed, will always love these hits long after they've forgotten "The Bodyguard: The Musical."
Apr 13 17 9:43 AM
Apr 13 17 11:03 AM
Apr 13 17 11:32 AM
Whitasia wrote:I find the review to be a bit harsh and basically saying that the plot was a bit boring. I seen it and it was very much like the movie and entertaining. You would have to be a bodyguard movie lover to enjoy the nostalgic feeling. Deborah I felt did a great job of Rachel Marron. I enjoyed how divaish she was.
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