PRUNE: Please tell us about your most recent role as Rachel Marron from the musical The Bodyguard. What was this experience like?
DEBORAH: My experience with The Bodyguard was a duty. I felt compelled to keep the legacy of Whitney’s music alive.The tour was 18 months long with breaks. It was the most challenging role cause I had 13 hits by Whitney that I had to sing six nights a week.
Deborah Cox possesses one of the most powerful and versatile contemporary voices of our time. The Grammy Award nominated, multi-platinum R & B/Pop recording artist and actress recently blew the roof off theatres as she starred in the Rachel Maron role originally played by Whitney Houston in the new musical “The Bodyguard”. She made her Broadway debut in the leading role in Elton John and Time Rice’s musical “Aida”, receiving rave reviews. In 2013, she yet again demonstrated her wide range through her emotional portrayal of Lucy in the revival of hit Broadway musical “Jekyll & Hyde”. In 2016 Deborah starred as the legendary Josephine Baker in the original musical “Josephine” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre.
Since beginning her career as a background singer for Celine Dion, Deborah has recorded six award winning and critically acclaimed albums and has written for and been recorded on numerous soundtracks. As with Whitney Houston, Deborah’s first recording contract was with Clive Davis at Arista Records and that self-titled debut album went platinum, earning her an American Music Award nomination. She later collaborated with Houston to record the duet “Same Script Different Cast” for Whitney’s greatest hits CD.
From her second CD. One Wish, came the double platinum “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here” – which held the record for the longest running #1 R & B single. After 14 weeks at the top of the charts, Deborah earned a Billboard Music Award nomination for R & B Single of the Year, an NAACP Image Award nomination, A Soul Train Award, A Lady of Soul Award and 3 Juno Awards including a Best Female Vocalist Juno nomination. She was nominated for a World Music Award in 2010 for the song Leave The World Behind.
The Canadian born star has an impressive list of #1 Billboard hit records, including thirteen #1 songs on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Deborah has been recognized for her longstanding commitment to the LGBT community. In January 2015, she received the Out Music Pillar Award. In 2014, she received the California State Senate Award and in 2007, she received The Civil Rights Award from the New York Senate for her efforts in the fight for Human Rights and Equality. The Harvey Milk Foundation at the 2015 Diversity Honors honored her for her efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the LGBT community. On June 12, 2016, she was given the Liberty Bell and Proclamation in Philadelphia by Mayor James Kenney to proclaim June 12 as LGBTQ Philadelphia Pride Parade and Festival Day.
Cox carries with her that unmistakable, but hard to define, quality that sets her apart from mere mortals. Broadway World
Deborah Cox, a songstress with a silken, rangy voice, impresses with her energetic and emotive renditions of the songs The New York Times
As Rachel/Whitney in the flesh, the graceful Cox nails the impression, belting "Queen of the Night" while also handling Karen Bruce's sharp choreography, and of course, unleashing run-forfabulous-run renditions of "I Have Nothing" and "I Will Always Love You." The Star Ledger (NJ.com)
Cox, whose previous theatrical credits include leading roles on Broadway in Aida and a 2013 revival of Jekyll & Hyde, admirably handles the daunting challenge of filling her predecessor’s considerable shoes. The Hollywood Reporter
Cox’s voice shone simply and beautifully in the song’s a capella intro, standing alone on stage with only a spotlight then later, after a quick costume change, in a sequin and feather dress on a rising platform. It was a near-perfect performance. The Guardian
There’s no doubt about it – Deborah Cox is a dynamic, Grammy-award winning singer with surprising acting chops. Paper Mill Playhouse has provided a dazzling showcase for her talents with The Bodyguard.
Deborah Cox tackles the role of Rachel Marron, proving her renowned vocal talents while displaying unexpected dramatic skills that place her a step above other singers who have tried their hand at acting. Watching Ms. Cox, one feels not like a star is being born; it’s more like a star is revealing her full splendor to the audience.
If your tastes this holiday season run to the kind of big, exciting, high-energy musical that Paper Mill Playhouse can provide so well, then rush to get tickets now to see Deborah Cox in the United States premiere of The Bodyguard. OUT in New Jersey
The cast of The Bodyguard is spectacular. Deborah Cox owns the role of Rachel Marron. Cox's portrayal of the glamorous pop star is absolutely breathtaking.” Broadwayworld
This production of The Bodyguard is a must-see (and must-hear!). Deborah Cox powerfully delivers 13 songs in this production, most notably “I Have Nothing,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “One Moment in Time.” Cox herself is a Grammy Award-nominated recording artist who made her Broadway debut in the lead role in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida.” New Jersey Stage
“Deborah Cox still has the pipes. Cox capped an evening of beautiful, emotive singing by rising like a deity on a podium and belting the show's biggest number, "I Will Always Love You." With soulstirring power and dramatic authority, she infused her own spirit into that well-known song.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
It’s difficult to find the right words to capture Deborah Cox’s performance, but terms like “knockout” and “incredible” will have to do. The audience burst into immediate applause when she approached the front of the stage. Appleton Post-Crescent
Deborah Cox astonishes The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Deborah Cox opens “The Bodyguard” with the huge “Queen of the Night,” as if kicking off an arena rock show. By the time the entire cast did a post-curtain “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” exhorting the audience to sing along, she had bewitched the crowd. The Charlotte Observer
Deborah Cox nails the most important song, the song that is always associated with “The Bodyguard” film -- “I Will Always Love You.” Going to see this tour will remind you why you like Whitney Houston’s music and why you like Deborah Cox, too. Durham Herald-Sun
This national touring production offers plenty of glitz, glamour and unabashed star quality, starting with Deborah Cox in the pivotal role of Rachel. A Grammy Awardnominated, multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and Broadway performer, Cox definitely has the pipes to deliver Houston’s catalog. The Tennessean
Cox’s take on tunes like “How Will I Know,” “Run to You,” and “I Will Always Love You” is celestial. The songs are the stars here, and oh, how they shine with Cox’s voice igniting each one. Entertainment Weekly
RUN to see Deborah Cox in The Bodyguard Musical ASAP at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre!!!!!! Seriously! I'm not exaggerating! She is singing her face off, giving us superb acting AND dancing and delivering a Tony-worthy performance!!!!! PerezHilton.com
Cox rises to the occasion of filling Houston’s shoes, bringing sizzle, charisma and stage presence to the role of Rachel. She delivers top-line singing all the way, balancing soft vocals with more forceful ones, and she glows – often red-hot – in numbers like “I’m Every Woman. Orange County Register
Deborah Cox is stunning as Rachel Marron. She has the look of both pop royalty and overprotective mother, and she’s mastered the quick-change between the two – even transforming once on stage. She’s as glamorous as she is stubborn, and she also manages to inject more humor than expected. COAST Magazine/Orange County Register
DEBORAH COX IS EXCELLENT! Tampa Tribune
Deborah Cox sings beautifully and acts with an honest yearning – she’s quite affecting. Houston Chronicle
Deborah Cox, a singer with nuclear power and a sumptuous tone, turns each of her numbers into a show-stopper! Los Angeles Times
Deborah Cox bathes her character in a melancholy glow, but when the music swells she becomes a rapturous concert queen. Los Angeles Times
Deborah Cox unveils a brand new diva who will surely take Broadway by storm! The R&B and dance superstar takes on a role filled with big songs and powerhouse vocal requirements and not only meets the challenge but belts to the heavens. Huffington Post
In Cox, the production has a terrific singer and a sexy, perfectly respectable actress offering a character with that feels fresh enough for the post-Beyonce era but also vulnerable. Chicago Tribune
Deborah Cox, the R & B superstar with a big voice and the best legs in the business, nails "A New Life. Chicago Sun-Times