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Deborah Cox stars in ‘The Bodyguard’ at the Academy

February 14, 2017 GMT

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization present “The Bodyguard” as part of the show’s first U.S. National tour. The show will play the Academy of Music from Feb. 21-26, and star Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox as Rachel Marron.

Based on the 1992 movie starring the late, great Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, this musical follows a charged star-crossed love story between a soul diva and her personal bodyguard in the face of constant danger.

Toronto native Cox takes the Whitney Houston role of diva Rachel Marron, and is often compared to Houston, but Cox doesn’t seem to mind the comparison. “It’s been a career-long comparison which I don’t mind one bit,” Cox said. “Thankfully for me, being compared to one of the greatest singers of all time makes me feel very honored.

“But in addition,” Cox continued, “I’ve had the opportunity to create my own music and have had great successes on my own.”

This show pretty much follows the film with some exceptions. According to Cox, “the movie showcased five songs, but this show adds some songs from Whitney’s catalogue, adding up to 13.”

Cox admits she always wanted to sing, and performed in local talent shows, appearing in TV commercials, even writing music as she grew up. Later, she attended a performing arts high school where she captured the lead in many school productions. “And from there it was almost nonstop,” she explained.

The talented singer began her recording career as a backup singer with Celine Dion before securing her first solo contract with Arista Records. Additionally, she made her Broadway debut in Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical “Aida.” She also appeared in “Jekyll and Hyde,” and starred as legendary Josephine Baker in “Josephine.”

Over the years, Cox has recorded six award-winning and critically acclaimed albums, and has written and recorded on numerous celebrated soundtracks. Her debut album earned her an American Music Award nomination, and she won her first of three Juno Awards, including a Female Vocalist of the Year nomination.

“And much as I enjoy everything I’ve earned for my recording, I must admit I think I prefer being on stage. The studio tends to be very isolating. You have to conjure up emotions for the songs even if you’re not feeling it. So for me, the stage is much more gratifying and thrilling. It’s like walking a tightrope because you don’t know what’s going to happen from moment to moment. But then you get that immediate reaction from the audience. I think that’s what I love most.”

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