TINA The Musical, will hit London’s West End in 2018. A special website has been launched for the occasion: TINA The Musical. Check it out & subscribe to the mailing list!
Moreover, here is a message from TINA herself:
We have been working on the musical for over a year now and today 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.
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 reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.
One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 11 Grammy Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history.
Featuring her much loved songs, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall and directed by the internationally acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd.
Presented in association with Tina Turner.
Stage Entertainment confirmed December 16 that it is developing a new musical based on the life of music legend Tina Turner. In fact, multiple Grammy winner Turner has joined the creative and producing teams in London at a workshop presentation of the new piece.
Collaborating on this world premiere are writer Katori Hall (The Mountaintop), with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins; director Phyllida Lloyd (Mary Stuart, Mamma Mia!); set and costume designer Mark Thompson; choreographer Anthony van Laast; and musical supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck.
In a statement Turner said, “We have been working on the musical for over a year now and today 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.”
Tali Pelman, group creative director, Stage Entertainment, added, “It’s been an honour for us all to collaborate so closely with Tina Turner on this project. Tina is a music legend and her iconic songs are matched only by the power and inspiration of her remarkable and moving story. We are delighted to be working with Katori Hall, whose writing has a heart and humour that beautifully captures Tina’s life story, and to have the extraordinary director Phyllida Lloyd at the helm of such a talented creative team. It’s been exciting today to see the project move into its next phase.”
Broadway actor Adrienne Warren, a Tony nominee for her performance in Shuffle Along, is playing Turner in the workshop, according to Warren’s manager. Neither casting nor a timetable has been announced for the stage production.
Tina Turner’s life was also explored in the film What’s Love Got to Do With It, which cast Angela Basset as the famed singer; and River Deep, A Tribute to Tina Turner, a musical inspired by Turner’s autobiography I, Tina, that played The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in July 2006. Tina Turner is the recipient of numerous Grammy Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors. Among her many hit tunes are “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” “Let’s Stay Together,” “Private Dancer,” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”
Winner of eight Grammy Awards and numerous Billboard, American Music and MTV Music Video Awards, Tina Turner is internationally recognised as one of the most successful and influential female artists of the 21st century, and the global ‘Queen of Rock and Roll’. Born in Nutbush, Tennessee, Tina began her career in the mid-1950s alongside the infamous Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm – soon catapulting the band to stardom as lead singer of the reformed group, The Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Following a string of chart topping hits around the world, Tina’s well documented tumultuous relationship with Ike led her to finally leave the duo in 1976; allowing her to relaunch an international Rock and Roll solo career in the 80’s, parallel to no other.
Alongside establishing herself as one of the most cutting-edge artists of her time, Tina also took on successful film roles, including appearing as the ‘Acid Queen’ in The Who’s musical Tommy, and starring alongside Mel Gibson as ‘Aunt Entity’ in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Tina was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ in 1991, awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has three singles (River Deep-Mountain High, Proud Mary and Simply The Best) inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
In 2005, she was celebrated as a prestigious Kennedy Centre Honors recipient, with Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Redford and then President George Bush amongst the many paying tribute. The late great David Bowie and rock legend Mick Jagger are also amongst her many notable co-performers and advocates. With a career spanning five decades, Tina holds the Guinness World Record for selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history, and has sold more than 200 million albums and singles worldwide to date, making her one of the biggest selling female artists in music history.
In 2008, Tina returned from semi-retirement to embark on her critically acclaimed Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which went on to became one of the biggest selling shows of that year. An inspiration to masses across the world with her music and trailblazing career, she is still adored by fans globally and emulated by male and female contemporary pop and rock artists today.
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