'The Bodyguard' star and her connections to WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y.(WKBW) - Deborah Cox is an award-winning R&B singer who is known for hits such as “Nobody’s Supposed to be Here.” Now, she’s in Buffalo starring in ‘The Bodyguard’ at Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

The musical is based on the 1992 movie of the same title. It’s about a pop singer falling in love with her bodyguard. The role was played by the late Whitney Houston. Cox and Houston were close friends and even recorded a song together.

“When I’m singing songs like ‘One Moment In Time’ and ‘I will Always Love You,’ those are the songs I have to really stay very in the scene, because I don’t want it to you conjure up any emotions, otherwise I won’t get through the song,” Cox said. 

For the next few days, Cox is calling Shea’s home, but the Toronto native is no stranger to Western New York. 

“We used to come to Buffalo to shop! It was the big trip in the summer. I’ve seen so many great shows here and to now be gracing this stage in ‘The Bodyguard,’ to see my name it’s come full circle,” Cox said. 

That circle started on a bad note Tuesday, Cox was stuck in the airport and made it to Shea’s just in time for opening night. 

“Which actually worked for the character, because that’s kind of how her life is, you know, she’s always on the move, on the go,” Cox said. 

The show just celebrated its 300th performance. The U.S. tour ends in April. Shows run in Buffalo until Sunday, October 29.

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