‘Bodyguard’ Musical Based on Whitney Houston Movie Launches US Tour Starring Deborah Cox

The show concluded its successful West End run last August and is currently touring the UK and Ireland

Last Updated: May 14, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

“The Bodyguard” is coming back to the U.S. in 2016.

Producers behind the West End musical adaptation of the 1992 film starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston announced on Thursday that the show will launch a North American tour in the fall of next year.

Grammy nominated recording artist and actress Deborah Cox will star as Rachel Marron — the role originally played by Houston in the box office hit written by Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Mick Jackson.

Additional casting and tour cities will be announced at a later date.

The musical that premiered at London’s Adelphi Theatre in late 2012 was adapted for the stage by Alexander Dinelaris, who was one of three screenwriters that teamed up with Alejandro González Iñárritu to write this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner “Birdman.” The comedy starring Michael Keaton also earned Dinelaris an Oscar for screenwriting.

“The Bodyguard” is racking up honors, too. The musical has been 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 concluded its successful West End run last August, and is currently touring the UK and Ireland.