Tina – The Tina Turner Musical chronicles 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", selling-out tickets to shows in stadiums and arenas across the world. She has since spoken openly about being a victim of domestic abuse and split from Ike in 1976.
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical began previews at the Aldwych Theatre on 21st March 2018, and officially opened on 17th April 2018 in the attendance of Tina Turner.
Turner is 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 Sisterwas 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.
How can I buy Tina - The Tina Turner Musical tickets in the West End?
Tickets for Tina the Musical at the Aldwych Theatre in London are now available from LondonTheatre.co.uk, and you can buy official tickets directly from this page. It is currently possible to book tickets for Tina until 20th July 2019.
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical reviews
"It’s everything you expected, executed well and packs in a few surprises. Simply the Best? If you’re a Tina fan, it’ll definitely be pretty close." Will Longman, LondonTheatre.co.uk
"Born in the USA, made in England. That’s the thesis of this slickly choreographed, beautifully designed and roof-raisingly well-sung bio-musical about Tina Turner." Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph(five stars)
"This is a great show that is going to be a hit and its star, Adrienne Warren, is, as someone once sang, simply the best." Ann Treneman, The Times(four stars)
"[Tina] offers a heady celebration of triumph over adversity and boasts a whirlwind performance by Adrienne Warren that left the audience, though not the star herself, breathless." Michael Billington, The Guardian(four stars)
If you drew up a list of everything you wanted from a Tina Turner musical, you wouldn’t be disappointed by Tina, which gets its world premiere at the Aldwych Theatre. It’s got the anthems, it’s got the moves, it’s got the hair. But on a deep-dive into the life of one of the world’s best-selling recording artists, we witness some of the moments of genuine turmoil she’s had to endure on her way... Read more
Latest Tina - The Tina Turner Musical News & Features
A new cast of the West End production of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical has been announced as the musical looks to enter its second year in London, and prepares to transfer to Broadway.
Adrienne Warren, who originated the titular role in the jukebox musical, will leave the production in April to lead the Broadway transfer which opens in the autumn.
From 15th April, the role of Tina will be played by Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, while Ashley Zhangazha will take over from Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike Turner.
Producers have announced there will be an original cast recording of Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, with the first single from the album now available to listen to.
“River Deep – Mountain High” is the first single to be released from the album along with an accompanying music video, featuring the vocals of Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner.
Details of future singles and a release date for the album are yet to be announced.
The booking period for Tina the Musical at the Aldwych Theatre has been extended, with performances scheduled until 21st December 2019.
It has also been announced that Adrienne Warren and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith will continue in the roles of Tina Turner and Ike Turner until 13th April 2019.
The cast is completed by Madeline Appiah, Lorna Gale, Tom Godwin, Francesca Jackson, Aisha Jawando, Natey Jones, Gerard McCarthy, Ryan O’Donnell, Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Perola Congo, Keisher Downie, Kit Esuruoso, Jammy Kasongo, Sia Kiwa, Jason Langley, Kayleigh McKnight and Baker Mukasa.
It’s no secret that there are two theatre capitals of the world and these two great cities have a long history with one another. London and New York have shared the crème de la crème of their respective theatrical gems for decades with various West End and Broadway transfers. The “special relationship” is particularly evident when you consider the amount of smash hit London plays that get to cross the pond and, in return, the dominance of Broadway musicals that infiltrate the West End.
Previews are in full swing for the Tina Turner jukebox musical, Tina, which officially opens at the Aldwych Theatre on 17th April, and promises Turner fans all the biggest hits they love from the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
But the show is more than just a celebration of her music; Kobna Holdbrook-Smith plays Ike Turner, the man who helped launch her career and later married Tina, but their relationship crumbled following spates of violence and abuse aimed towards Tina.
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”.
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.
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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.