The musical is based on the life of Anna Mae Bullock, a farmgirl from Tennessee who became one of music’s greatest performers. Bullock began singing with Ike Turner’s band Kings of Rhythm, before transforming into Tina Turner and hitting the big time in 1960 with the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
After having a son with the band’s saxophonist, Raymond Hill, Tina ended up marrying Ike, an abusive cocaine user who adopted Tina’s son and had another child with the singer. Despite a string of hits, Tina was unhappy and attempted suicide in 1968, before divorcing Ike in 1978 – all of which is documented in the 1993 film What’s Love Got to Do with It?
But now, the stage show – created in partnership with the star – gives you the chance to hear her greatest hits live on stage once more. Tina says: ‘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 story, in the city I love is an important chapter.”
Best known for the 1984 hit What’s Love Got to Do with It? – which won four Grammy Awards – as well as River Deep, Mountain High and, of course, The Best, the singer has fans ranging from George W Bush to Beyoncé and Oprah Winfrey. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd – director of Mamma Mia! – the musical sees the Tony Award- nominee Adrienne Warren (Broadway’s Dreamgirls) take on the title role, which she shares with Jenny Fitzpatrick (British TV’s EastEnders).
Adrienne says: ‘Growing up watching Tina, I knew how to shake my hips before I could tie my shoes. I’m a Tina Turner fan first and I’m elated, honoured and humbled to be given this chance. Meeting and working with Tina will always be one of the greatest moments of my life.’
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, meanwhile, will star as the late Ike Turner. No doubt he’ll be great, but it’s Adrienne who will be simply the best.
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