Musical

London, Aldwych Theatre (2018 / '19)

TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London (Adrienne Warren)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London (Nkeki Obi-Melekwe)

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 Erwin Bach, Tina's husband. The project began in 2015, as Tina first met the Dutch producer Joop van den Ende in The Netherlands. One year later on December 16, Tina was in London for the first workshop presentation of the show. In 2017, at the launch party in October, Tina announced that Adrienne Warren will be playing the role of Tina Turner. To promote the musical, she was also guest at the Jonathan Ross tv show on October 28 with her first full length interview in years. The musical received it's world premiere on April 17, 2018 at London’s Aldwych Theatre, attended by Tina Turner together with her husband Erwin and many celebrities. It subsequently has broken all box office records in the West End.

After one year of sold out shows, a new cast was introduced on April 15, 2019 with Nkeki Obi-Melekwe playing the role of Tina, while Adrienne Warren will recreate her celebrated performance on Broadway in Autumn 2019.

Writer: Katori Hall
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producer: Tali Pelman
Choreographer: Anthony van Laast
Orchestration: Ethan Popp
Venue: Aldwych Theatre, London (West End) 
Laurence Olivier Awards: Best new musical (nominated) / Best actress with Adrienne Warren (nominated) / Best actor with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (won)

Musical Tracks
Act I
  1. Etherland / Sound of Mystic Law
  2. Nutbush City Limits
  3. Don't Turn Around
  4. Shake A Tail Feather
  5. The Hunter
  6. Matchbox
  7. It's Gonna Work Out Fine
  8. A Fool In Love
  9. Let's Stay Together
  10. Better Be Good To Me
  11. I Want To Take You Higher
  12. River Deep, Mountain High
  13. Be Tender With Me Baby
  14. Proud Mary
  15. I Don't Wanna Fight
Act II
  1. Private Dancer
  2. Disco Inferno
  3. Open Arms
  4. I Can't Stand The Rain
  5. Tonight
  6. What's Love Got To Do With It
  7. We Don't Need Another Hero
  8. (Simply) The Best
  9. Finale: Nutbush City Limits / Proud Mary
Cast 1

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Tina Turner: Adrienne Warren, Jenny Fitzpatrick (alternate) / Ike Turner: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith / The Ikettes: Aisha Jawando, Sia Kiwa, Tanisha Spring / Zelma Bullock: Madeline Appiah / Erwin Bach: Gerard McCarthy / Roger Davies: Ryan O’Donnell / Craig Turner: Kit Esuruoso / Phil Spector, Terry Britten: Tom Goodwin / Grandmother GG: Lorna Gayle / Rhonda Graam: Francesca Jackson / Richard Bullock, Raymond Hill: Natey Jones / Ronnie Turner: Baker Mukasa

Cast 2

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TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London (Nkeki Obi-Melekwe)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London (Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Ashley Zhangazha)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London (Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Cast)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London (Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Cast)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London (Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Howard Gossington)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London Cast 2TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London (Nkeki Obi-Melekwe)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London (Ashley Zhangazha)

Photos by Manuel Harlan

Tina Turner: Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Aisha Jawando (alternate) / Ike Turner: Ashley Zhangazha / Zelma Bullock: Maria Omakinwa / Grandmother GG: Irene-Myrtle Forrester / Phil Spector, Terry Britten: Howard Gossington / Rhonda Graam: Francesca Jackson / Alline Bullock: Ava Brennan / Richard BullockRaymond Hill: Jammy Kasongo / Erwin Bach: Edward Bourne / Roger Davies: Oscar Batterham

Tina about the musical

„I asked myself what’s next? I knew I was finished with stage performance - all of me had changed. But this is big and in order to make it as good as possible I must be involved“.

„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“.

Gallery

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TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Workshop (Tina Turner)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Workshop (Phyllida Lloyd, Tina Turner, Adrienne Warren)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Rehearsals (Adrienne Warren, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Rehearsals (Phyllida Lloyd, Adrienne Warren, Katori Hall)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Rehearsals (Tina Turner)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Rehearsals (Cast)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Launch Party (Tina Turner, Adrienne Warren, Phyllida Lloyd)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Launch Party (Adrienne Warren, Tina Turner)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Launch Party (Adrienne Warren, Tina Turner)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Launch Party (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Tina Turner, Adrienne Warren)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Premiere (Adrienne Warren, Tina Turner)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Premiere (Tina Turner, Erwin Bach)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Premiere (Erwin Bach, Tina Turner)TINA - The Tina Turner Musical - London - Premiere (Erwin Bach, Tina Turner)

Photos by Craig Sugden, Johan Persson


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