Deborah Cox will soon step into Whitney Houston’s famed role as Rachel Marron in the American debut of “The Bodyguard,” a musical based on the 1992 movie.

In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 photo, cast member Deborah Cox poses during the party for the opening night performance of “Jekyll & Hyde” The Musical at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, in La Mirada, Calif. Cox loves the “beginning of a new chapter” as she brings “Jekyll and Hyde” to Broadway. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Invision/AP)

Complete with the popular tunes “I Have Nothing,” “I Run to You,” and “Saving all My Love,” the play, with Cox as the headliner, will begin its run at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J., from Nov. 25 to Jan. 1, 2017.

“We are excited to launch the US premiere musical and national tour of ‘The Bodyguard’ right here in Millburn,” said Mark S. Hoebee, producing artistic director of the theater, in a statement. “Each time Paper Mill Playhouse has produced a show that has a life beyond our theater, it brings great pride to the people of our state. Paper Mill Playhouse is a leading exporter of art in New Jersey, and we are ecstatic to continue that tradition.”

The stage play will follow the classic love story between embattled celebrity Rachel Marron and her brooding bodyguard, Frank Farmer, played by Kevin Costner decades ago on the silver screen.

Cox will be the first to play Marron in the American tour of the play, which had its world premiere in London’s West End in 2012. The play has dates scheduled in over 20 American cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, and New Orleans. Several theaters in California and Texas have also been booked for the show.

The play will be in Baltimore from Feb. 28 to March 5, 2017, at the Hippodrome Theatre.

Alexis Taylor

AFRO Staff Writer