Tina: The Tina Turner Musical on Broadway
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About Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Experience Tina Turner’s singular journey in the hit musical that’s already playing to critical raves and sold-out audiences in London.
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She’s rollin’ on the river, all the way to Broadway. In what seems like the most obvious pairing, at long last the life of Tina Turner makes its way to the Main Stem — and with it comes that inimitable songbook. “Tina: The Turner Turner Musical” arrives on the Great White Way under the direction of Phyllida Lloyd, with a book by Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall. The music, however, is all Tina, baby — well Tina and Adrienne Warren. The Tony nominee originated the diva-tastic role in London and reprises it stateside at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
This is a jukebox musical as you probably have never seen one before. Spanning the high-highs and low-lows of a life lived in front of an audience, “Tina” will be as much a musical as a rock concert celebration of its source material. (“I’ve rarely heard an audience greet [a musical] with the mighty roar that looks likely to be a continuing feature of “Tina,” the New York Times said of the London run.) And with the performance, Warren, too, looks likely to transform herself from triple threat talent to star — and you can watch it happen right before your eyes.
What To Watch For
- Although book writer Katori Hall has an Olivier for her play “The Mountaintop” (the first black woman to win the Best New Play award), “Tina” marks her first foray into libretto.
- Rest assured, “Tina” has Tina’s stamp of approval. That is to say, the eponymous diva has been on hand for the musical’s creative evolution, and has given the go-ahead for each character’s depiction and even their moves. In fact, Turner herself taught her onstage counterpart Adrienne Warren how to do her signature move, the Pony.
- Audiences should also know they’re in ever-competent jukebox hands with director Phyllida Lloyd. The English talent is best-known for one of the most universally beloved hits of all time: “Mamma Mia!” But this director has range; her other best-known work was on the Meryl Streep-starring film “The Iron Lady.” Mamma mia, indeed!
- While it would be near-impossible to include the entire Tina Turner songbook in a single musical (that would be one long musical), don’t expect any skimping on the music side. The show’s London incarnation included a hefty 21 songs — and yes, they’re the ones you want to hear, and maybe even a few you weren’t expecting. Just like Turner herself, this musical is full of surprises.
2hr 45min (incl. intermission)