Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations, Inc. are pleased to announce the 2016-17 U.S. National Tour route of the hit musical THE BODYGUARD. Directed by Thea Sharrock, the tour will commence at Paper Mill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ on November 25, 2016, prior to the official tour opening at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on January 10, 2017.
Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film and adapted by Academy Award-winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris, THE BODYGUARD had its world premiere on December 5, 2012 at London’s Adelphi Theatre. THE BODYGUARD 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 musical is currently touring the UK and returns to London’s West End at the Dominion Theatre on July 15, 2016.
Set & costume design is by Tim Hatley, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Richard Brooker. Choreography is by Karen Bruce and orchestrations and additional music by Chris Egan. The U.S. National Tour of THE BODYGUARD is produced by Michael Harrison, David Ian and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, 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.
Cities announced for the 2016-17 season are as follows:
Nov 25, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017 / Paper Mill Playhouse, Milburn, NJ
Jan 10 – 15, 2017 / Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Jan 17 – 22, 2017 / Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, WI
Jan 24 – 29, 2017 / Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN
Jan 31 – Feb 12, 2017 / Oriental Theatre, Chicago, IL
Feb 14 – 19, 2017 / Ohio Theatre, Columbus, OH
Feb 21 – 26, 2017 / Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA
Feb 28 – Mar 5, 2017 / Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, MD
Mar 7 – 12, 2017 / Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC
Mar 14 – 19, 2017 / Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, NC
Mar 21 – 26, 2017 / Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville, TN
Mar 28 – Apr 2, 2017 / Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Apr 4 – 9, 2017 / Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA
Apr 12 – 16, 2017 / Centennial Hall, Tucson, AZ
Apr 18 – 23, 2017 / Community Center Theatre, Sacramento, CA
Apr 25 – 30, 2017 / San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose
May 2 – 21, 2017 / Hollywood Pantages, Los Angeles, CA
May 30 – Jun 11, 2017 / egerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA
Jun 13 – 18, 2017 / Civic Theatre, San Diego, CA
Aug 15 – 20, 2017 / Hobby Center, Houston, TX