TINA The Musical – based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, is at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End. Written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, with choreography by Anthony van Laast, set and costume designs are by Mark Thompson, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet sound by Nevin Steinberg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.
Tina Turner said: “I am so excited to be bringing my musical to the West End! London is a place that means so much to me and had such a big impact on my music and my life. Returning now to tell my full story, in the city I love, feels like an important chapter and is truly exciting.”
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. This new stage 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.
With a career that has spanned more than half a century, the legendary rock performer Tina Turner is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. She first rose to fame in the 1960s partnering with her then-husband Ike Turner, achieving great acclaim for their live performances and catalogue of hits. Later, Turner enjoyed an international solo career with her 1984 album Private Dancer earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards, including three Grammys. She went on to deliver more chart-topping albums and hits, receiving a further eight Grammy Awards and reportedly selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. The revered singer was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and has often been voted as one of the most successful female Rock ‘n’ Roll artists of all time.
Review of Tina the Musical
In fact, that pretty much sums up Tina. It both looks and sounds spectacular all the way through. You don’t have to be a fan of the lady – and who isn’t? – to appreciate the songs and the very human story being told. As the curtain finally fell on the standing ovation, there was a buzz in the atmosphere that I rarely feel. The conversations were loud and words such as ‘amazing’, splendid’, ‘fantastic’ etc were coming all around me. And listening to the conversations as we reluctantly filed out of the theatre, the main thing I heard was how unbelievably great Adrienne’s performance had been – sentiments I am really happy to agree with wholeheartedly.
My final bit of advice. If you only see one musical this year then, firstly you need to go out more and secondly get yourself to the Aldwych and, experience a show that will blow you away.
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