Deborah Cox Is Staging A 2016 Takeover

Deborah Cox Is Staging A 2016 Takeover



By Annika Harris

2016 will be a whirlwind year for Deborah Cox. The multiplatinum R&B recording artist and actress is set to take the Broadway stage in the role of Josephine Baker in Josephine (Asolo Rep-ertory Theatre, April 2016), a musical produced by two-time Tony Award-winner Kenneth Waissman; she will step into Whitney Houston’s shoes starring as Rachel Marron in the touring musical adaptation of The Bodyguard (Fall 2016); and the Grammy-nominated artist will release her first studio album in seven years: Work of Art (early-2016).

Cox will portray Baker from a significant period in the legend’s life—1938 through 1945—and she wants to reveal her true nature. “A lot of people know [her] as the woman with the banana skirt, but they’ll get a chance to understand her complexities [and learn] that what she had to do to get there is fascinating.”

Regarding the inevitable comparisons to Houston’s portrayal of Rachel Marron, the role the late entertainer made iconic in 1992’s The Bodyguard, Cox says she’s been dealing with comparisons to the late entertainer since she entered the industry and she’s not worried about that. Instead, the multi-hyphenate, who made her Broadway debut in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, is focused on the music and the story. “When people heard of me stepping into this role, there was extra excitement to be able to hear these songs live, in a musical setting and that part of it is exciting,” she explains.

Fans of Cox’s sound will be pleased to hear that “classic Deborah Cox” will return for Work of Art, which she says will be all about the vocals. “I pride myself on being a vocalist that can pare down and be flat-footed and just sing!”

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