Images of Tina Turner in rehearsals with the cast and creatives of her upcoming musical have been released. Tina - The Tina Turner Musical will tell the story of the rock ’n’ roll legend, whose hits include "Proud Mary” and “The Best”, with a book by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, and directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!).
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The much anticipated Tina Turner musical receives its world premiere in London this March when it opens at the Aldwych Theatre in the West End. Tina – The Tina Turner Musical will chronicle the life of the rock ‘n’ roll legend who brought us hit songs like “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, “Proud Mary”, “The Best”, ““River Deep Mountain High” and “Better Be Good To Me”.
Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee. She obtained Swiss citizenship in 2013 and currently lives in Küsnacht, Switzerland. She shot to fame in the mid-1950s singing with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, originally under the name "Little Ann." She became Tina Turner in 1960 and began the Ike & Tina Turner Revue with hits such as "River Deep – Mountain High", "Proud Mary" and "Nutbush City Limits". She has since spoken openly about being a victim of domestic abuse and split from Ike in 1976.
It has been confirmed that Tina - The Tina Turner Musical will run at the Aldwych Theatre from 21st March 2018, with an official opening night taking place on 17th April 2018.
Turner will be played in the musical by American actress Adrienne Warren. Warren made her Broadway debut in 2012 when she appeared in the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Bring It On at the St James Theatre. She then went on to star in Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, which saw her nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She makes her West End debut in Tina, and was described as an “exceptional talent” when announced by Turner.
Produced by Stage Entertainment, the show will be directed by Mamma Mia director Phyllida Lloyd, and has a book by writer Katori Hall, whose play The Mountaintop about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr gained notoriety on both sides of the Atlantic. Tina has been in the works for several years, with Turner attending a workshop held in late 2016, where she said: “I am delighted to be able to share our news as we begin the next chapter of our journey. It has been wonderful to collaborate with Katori and Phyllida and to have my story nurtured by such an amazing creative team is thrilling. London has always had a very special place in my heart and it’s wonderful to be back”.
Tina Turner 's story has previously been presented in the film 'What's Love Got to Do with It?' directed by Brian Gibson. Released in 1993 it starred Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner. The stage musical Soul Sister was devised by John Miller and Pete Brooks and produced by Bill Kenwright and John Miller. It ran at The Hackney Empire in 2012 before transferring to the West End's Savoy Theatre where it was nominated for an Olivier Award. This new musical, however, is the first musical Turner is directly involved with.
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The upcoming Tina Turner musical has extended its booking period at the Aldwych Theatre in the West End. Tina the Musical, which will begin previews on 21st March 2018, is now booking to the 20th October 2018 with over 100,000 new tickets being released. Click here to buy tickets. Written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, the musical will chart the life of rock ‘n’ roll legend Tina Turner and feature some of her biggest hits such as "Proud Mary” and “The Best”.
Producers of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical have announced they are looking for young actors to join the cast of the upcoming production. Open auditions will be held to find actors to play Anna Mae, the 11 year-old Tina Turner, in the musical. Producers are looking for ‘black and mixed race girls between the ages of 9 – 12 years old, under 4’ 10” with good acting skills and a fantastic singing voice’.
Another year down, another bumper year of great theatre in London to look forward to in 2018. From the return of smash-hit musicals like Bat Out of Hell, hugely-anticipated shows like the upcoming Tina Turner musical, new plays like James Graham’s latest offering (MORE James Graham!), or revivals of classics, it promises to be another great year. Here are our picks in the West End so far. Tina the Musical Aldwych Theatre
More details have been announced ahead of the world premiere of Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, which opens at the Aldwych Theatre next year. Last month, it was announced that actress Adrienne Warren would take on the role of the iconic rock ’n’ roll legend Turner. It has now been announced that Kobna Holbrook-Smith will play the role of Ike Turner, the musician who spotted Turner in her early years and went on to marry her. The cast will also include:
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical has casts its lead, with Turner announcing actress Adrienne Warren would be playing the lead role when the musical opens at the Aldwych Theatre next year. At an event held in central London, Turner made a rare public appearance alongside director Phyllida Lloyd and producer Tali Pelman.
We all ready know a few details about Tina - The Musical, the show based on Tina Turner’s career. But what will that mean on stage? Well, apart from the fact it runs at the Aldwych from March 2018, we know the show will follow her life from growing up in America to stardom, and will feature all Turner’s greatest hits. Here’s a taste of what we can expect. Buy tickets for Tina the Musical now. Life story
Dates and a venue have been confirmed for the long-awaited musical Tina, based on the life of legendary singer Tina Turner. It will run at the Aldwych Theatre from 21st March with an official opening night on 17th April. It is initially booking until 16th June 2018, and tickets will go on sale from 10am on 22nd September.