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Deborah Cox opens up about performing "in front of a socially-distanced audience"

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Keith Major

This weekend, R&B diva Deborah Cox will perform at a “socially-distanced,” cabaret-style holiday show in Miami. 

The event titled Deborah Cox: I’ll Be Home for Christmas will be the first performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts since it shut down in March due to the pandemic. 

Cox tells ABC Audio she hasn’t been to the center since her last performance in 2018 in the Broadway musical, The Bodyguard, based on the Oscar-winning film of the same title starring the late Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. 

“It’s going to be really exciting to be in front of a socially-distanced audience again,” says Cox. “It’s just a very different future that we’re looking to, and we’re trying to shape and help propel and inspire people to still not give up on the live aspect of it, but do things with caution and know that they can still be done.”

Attendees can expect Cox to perform her holiday singles, “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme Some Christmas” and “I Don’t Really Want Much For Christmas.

Hopefully, the Canadian vocalist will treat the socially-distanced audience to a performance of her 1998 classic, “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here.”

“I’m someone that likes to connect with people and the human spirit, and I think that song will always be one of my favorites to perform,” adds Cox. “When you do good music that you really believe in, that’s the result. That’s the gift that keeps on giving.” 

Limited tickets for Deborah Cox’s socially-distanced concert are still available at arshtcenter.org. The show begins at 8.p.m. on Saturday, December 19th.  

By Rachel George
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