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The Launch of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

18 October 2017 by Emily Moulder
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We were in a room with Tina Turner and we’re not sure how to process that.

Let’s go back a little. Yesterday we attended a launch of the upcoming new show Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, opening next year. We were all really excited because we’re all big fans of her and her music, and then we thought, what if Tina was there?

And then…she was actually there.

Photo Credit: Cybill
Tina Turner, Adrienne Warren and Phyllida Lloyd.

Producer Tali Pelman introduced the director Phyllida Lloyd (Donmar’s all-female season, Mamma Mia!), the writer Katori Hall via video footage and, of course, Tina herself. With the creative team assembled, it was time to meet the actress who will play Tina in the show – Adrienne Warren!

The pair sang “Proud Mary” together and Adrienne, who will make her West End debut in the show, wowed the crowd with her presence and powerful voice. While the UK is just about to get to know Adrienne, she has performed on Broadway to critical acclaim in Shuffle Along, for which she received a Tony nomination. Take a look:

The new musical, which opens in March 2018, will follow the life of iconic singer Tina Turner’s tumultuous life. From her humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, Tina rose to stardom, playing stadiums and arenas across the world, inspiring millions of fans. Tina said of Adrienne and the show, It has been my joy to introduce Adrienne today. From the moment I met her at our last workshop I saw her exceptional talent. Playing this role will require immense physical and emotional commitment, and bravery too. We are thrilled to have found Adrienne, and I very much look forward to spending more time together and developing a special friendship I know will grow even stronger as we prepare the production for the Aldwych Theatre. We can’t wait to welcome her to the show.”

Fresh talent, iconic songs, a brilliant writer and an incredible director. We. Can’t. Wait.

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