'The Bodyguard' musical to launch North American tour | EW.com


The Bodyguard musical to launch North American tour

(Paul Coltas)

Despite rumors of a Broadway transfer, the stage musical adaptation of The Bodyguard will make its U.S. debut when it launches a North American tour in the fall of 2016 starring Grammy nominee Deborah Cox.

The musical version of the 1992 film—which starred Whitney Houston as a superstar musician and Kevin Costner as the bodyguard hired to protect her—premiered on London’s West End in December 2012. The show is directed by Thea Sharrock and features a book by Birdman co-writer Alexander Dinelaris.

Whitney Houston’s catalog of songs peppers the score, which includes “So Emotional,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and “I Will Always Love You.”

In its London premiere, the show went on to score four Olivier Award nominations, including Best New Musical; the production ended its London run in August of 2014 and is currently on tour in the U.K.

The production will feature set and costume design by Tim Hatley, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Richard Brooker, and choreography by Karen Bruce.