From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock'n Roll, Tina Turner didn't just break the rules, she rewrote them. TINA - The Tina Turner Musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.
The musical was basically the idea of Tina's husband Erwin Bach and the project began in 2015, as Tina first met the Dutch producer Joop van den Ende in The Netherlands. It received it's world premiere on April 17, 2018 at London’s Aldwych Theatre, with Adrienne Warren playing the role of Tina Turner. It subsequently has broken all box office records in the West End. One year later, it opened also in Hamburg, Germany and in Autumn 2019, Adrienne Warren recreated her celebrated performance in New York on Broadway.
After three very successful weeks of previews, the musical premiered on November 07 in attendance of Tina, her husband Erwin and many celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Whoopie Goldberg. At the end of the performance, Tina appeared on stage together with the entire cast and thanked everyone for the great show.
For the Broadway show, they changed the setlist and replaced the song The Hunter with Rocket 88 and added the Ike Turner track „She Made My Blood Run Cold“.
Writer: Katori Hall
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producer: Tali Pelman
Choreographer: Anthony van Laast
Orchestration: Ethan Popp
Venue: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York (Broadway)
Premiere: November 07, 2019
Tina Turner: Nkeki Obi-Melekwe / Kayla Davion (alternate) Ike Turner: Daniel J. Watts Previously: Adrienne Warren
„It's really important to me to have the chance to share my full story. This musical is not about my stardom. It is about the journey I took to get there. Each night I want audiences to take away from the theatre that you can turn poison into medicine“.
Images by Walter McBride, WireImage / Bruce Glikas, Filmagic
More important, as far as pure entertainment is concerned, this story comes with songs that can thrill an audience when rendered as Turner sang them; at this, the musical “Tina,” directed by Phyllida Lloyd, happily succeeds. In a performance that is part possession, part workout and part wig, Adrienne Warren rocks the rafters and dissolves your doubts about anyone daring to step into the diva’s high heels.
The New York Times