Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Broadway Sacramento is delighted to announce that the first U.S. National tour of the hit musical “The Bodyguard,” featuring Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox will play the Sacramento Community Center Theater April 18- 23.

Multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox stars in “The Bodyguard as Rachel Marron. Judson Mills (TV’s “Westworld” and “Notorious”) plays bodyguard Frank Farmer.

The former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, (Mills) is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron (Cox) from an unknown stalker.
Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

The romantic thriller “The Bodyguard,” features a host of irresistible classics including: “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”

“The Bodyguard," which is based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film and adapted by Academy Award-winner (“Birdman”) Alexander Dinelaris, had its world premiere on December 5, 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre.

“It was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including: “Best New Musical” and “Best Set Design” and won “Best New Musical” at the Whatsonstage Awards.

The UK production of the musical recently completed a triumphant return run in London’s West End after a sell-out 16-month UK and Ireland tour.

The U.S. National tour of “The Bodyguard” is produced by Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.

Rounding out the principal cast are Alex Corrado (“Gotham,” “Hannibal”) as Tony Scibelli, Rachel’s personal security guard, Jarid Faubel (“Black & White,” “X-Men: First Class”) as FBI agent Ray Court, Charles Gray (“Broadway: The Color Purple, Tour:” “he Lion King”) as manager Bill Devaney.

In addition there's Jonathan Hadley (Broadway: “Jersey Boys,” “A Class Act”) as publicist Sy Spector, Jorge Paniagua (Regional: “The Full Monty,” “Oregon Shakespeare Festival”) as the Stalker, Jasmin Richardson (Tour: “Memphis,” “Dreamgirls”) as Rachel’s sister Nicki Marron, and Douglas Baldeo (Broadway: “Kinky Boots,” Tour: “Motown”) and Kevelin B. Jones III (Idlewild Music Festival) alternating in the role of Rachel’s son Fletcher.

The ensemble includes: Brendon Chan, Willie Dee, Megan Elyse Fulmer, Alejandra Matos, DeQuina Moore, Bradford Rahmlow, Benjamin Rivera, Sean Rozanski, Matthew Schmidt, Jaquez André Sims, Maria Cristina Slye, Nicole Spencer, Lauren Tanner, and Naomi C. Walley.

Tickets start at $25 and are available now at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 557-1999. They are also available at the Community Center Theater Box Office, 1301 L Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 808-5181, or online at Tickets.com.

Sacramento Community Center Theater is located at 1301 L Street in Sacramento. Groups of 12 or more can reserve tickets by calling (916) 557-1198.

Evening performances are Tuesday, April 18 through Saturday, April. 22 at 8 p.m. Matinees are Thursday, April 20*, Saturday, April 22*, and Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m.

For more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit BroadwaySacramento.com.

PLEASE NOTE Deborah Cox is NOT scheduled to appear at the April 20 and April 22 matinees.

ABOUT DEBORAH COX (Rachel Marron) Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox made her Broadway debut in the lead role in Elton John and Tim Rice’s musical, “Aida.”

She most recently starred on Broadway in 2013 as Lucy in “Jekyll & Hyde” and starred as legendary Josephine Baker in “Josephine” at Asolo Repertory Theatre in the spring of 2016.

Cox began her recording career as a background singer with Celine Dion, before securing her first recording contract with Clive Davis at Arista Records. She has recorded six award-winning and critically-acclaimed albums, and has written and recorded on numerous celebrated soundtracks.

Her platinum selling debut album Deborah Cox earned her an American Music Award nomination.

She won her first of 3 Juno Awards including a “Female Vocalist of the Year” nomination.

From her second CD “One Wish” came the double platinum “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” which held the record for being the longest running #1 R&B Single for 14 consecutive weeks and earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination, a Soul Train Award, A Lady Of Soul Award, “Best Female” vocalist Juno nomination and a Billboard Music Award Nomination for R&B Single Of The Year.

Cox has collaborated with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Josh Groban, The Isley Brothers, Cyndi Lauper, Sarah McLachlan and numerous others. The Canadian born star has an impressive list of #1 Billboard hit records, including twelve #1 songs on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart. In 2000, Cox collaborated with Whitney Houston to record the duet “Same Script Different Cast” for Houston’s Greatest Hits CD.

ABOUT JUDSON MILLS (Frank Farmer) Mills was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Northern Virginia in a little stone house in the woods built by George Washington before he was President.

Mills grew up hunting and fishing, and up through high school enjoyed a small town life. After high school, Judson went on to major in Theatre at Barry University in Miami. From there, it was off to NY where Mills attended the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

After school, he booked his first audition and spent 3 years on the soap opera “As The World Turns.”

Mills has since done over 35 guest starring roles on television including “Law and Order,” “The X Files,” “Dexter,” “The Mentalist,” ABC’s new “Notorious” and can be seen on HBO’s new hit series from JJ Abrams, “Westworld.”

Mills was also a series regular alongside Chuck Norris on the popular action show “Walker, Texas Ranger” from CBS. He went on to star with Mr. Norris in “The Presidents Man: A Line in the Sand” for CBS as well.

Mills has also appeared in 20 feature films including: “Major League 3: Back to the Minors,” “Mighty Joe Young,” “Chill Factor” and the Academy Award nominated “Gods and Monsters.” Mills is thrilled to be back on stage and is honored to be working with Deborah Cox and the amazing cast of “The Bodyguard.”

ABOUT LAWRENCE KASDAN (Screenplay) Kasdan has directed, written or produced twenty-one motion pictures, including “Body Heat,” “The Big Chill,” “Silverado,” “The Accidental Tourist” and “Grand Canyon.” Among them, he has written or co-written four of the most successful films in motion picture history: “Raiders of The Lost Ark,” “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi” and “The Bodyguard,” the first original screenplay Kasdan sold.

“The Big Chill” and “The Accidental Tourist” were nominated for Academy Awards as “Best Picture.” “The Accidental Tourist” was named “Best Picture” of 1988 by the New York Film Critics Circle. “Grand Canyon” won the Golden Bear as Best Picture of the 1992 Berlin Film Festival.

Nominated for four Academy Awards and six Writers Guild Awards, Kasdan was honored by the Writers Guild of America with its Laurel Award for advancing the literature of motion pictures. In 2013, Kasdan joined creative forces with JJ Abrams to co-write “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” the new entry in the worldwide phenomenon that is the “Star Wars” saga.

ABOUT ALEXANDER DINELARIS (Book, “Birdman”) Dinelaris is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for the screenplay of “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” He is the co-creator and executive producer of the series “The One Percent” for MRC, starring Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris.

He is currently adapting the novel “Entering Hades” into a feature film with Michael Fassbender.

His film “The Year of the Monarchs” is currently in development with Mandalay Entertainment. Alexander is also the book writer of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Broadway musical “On Your Feet!” Other recent work includes his plays “Red Dog Howls” (New York Theater Workshop), “Still Life” (Manhattan Class Company), “The Chaos Theories” (Shotgun Theater) and “In This, Our Time (59e59).”

Mr. Dinelaris is a proud member of the Writer’s Guild and the Dramatists Guild.

ABOUT THEA SHARROCK (Director) In 2000, Thea won the James Menzies-Kitchin Young Director of the Year Award, making her directorial debut with a production of Caryl Churchill's “Top Girls,” which transferred to the West End and toured the UK twice.

Thea was then made Britain's youngest Artistic Director when she took over the Southwark Playhouse for three years, before going on to be the Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill. As a freelance director, her credits include productions for the Almeida and the Donmar, the National Theatre and many in the west end including Equus with Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths (also Broadway), “The Misanthrope” with Keira Knightley, “Heroes” with John Hurt, “Cause Célèbre” with Anne-Maris Duff at the Old Vic.

Her production of “After The Dance” for the National Theatre won 8 major awards. She has also directed “Henry V” starring Tom Hiddleston for Sam Mendes/Neal Street and the BBC, as well as the 2013 Christmas Special of “Call The Midwife” also for Neal Street and the BBC.

She directed Richard Griffiths in his last stage performance, in “The Sunshine Boys” with Danny DeVito at the Savoy Theatre before directing her first musical, “The Bodyguard” at the Adelphi. Sharrock directed Miranda Hart in her arena tour for 2014, as well as Kevin Spacey in his first one-man show, “Darrow” for the Old Vic.

Her debut feature film, “Me Before You” for MGM and Warner Brothers, was released in summer 2016.

Editor’s Note: You don’t want to miss “The Bodyguard Musical” coming to the Sacramento Community Center Theater April 18- 23. Get your tickets now at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 557-1999; they are also available at the Community Center Theater Box Office, 1301 L Street, Sacramento, or by calling (916) 808-5181, or online at Tickets.com.

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