Reasons To See 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical' At The Aldwych Theatre.

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Tina Turner is a true Rock n' Roll icon who has entertained audiences all over the world for over 5 decades, but, how much do you know about the singer? The popular West End show, Tina - The Tina Turner Musical delves into not just her professional career but also examines the person behind the microphone in what has become a fantastic smash-hit musical at the Aldwych Theatre.

What is the story of Tina - The Tina Turner Musical about?

The Musical dramatizes the colourful and incredible life and career of Tina Turner, taking in both the highs and lows. Born Anna Mae Ruddock on a farm in a tiny southern U.S town in Tennessee called Nutbush in 1939.  Her father was an overseer of sharecroppers. Anna had a turbulent childhood and was moved around a lot before her mother ran away when she was 11 years old. Anna eventually went to high school in Brownsville and joined the local basketball and cheerleading teams. It was here that she met her first boyfriend, Harry Taylor, but the relationship came to an end when she discovered he had married another woman. After Anna graduated from high school, she became a nurse’s aide and hoped to become a nurse.

Anna enjoyed going to St. Louis nightclubs with her sister, in particular, Club Manhattan where, Ike Turner and his band Kings of Rhythm would regularly perform and one night, was invited to perform on stage, eventually becoming a guest vocalist in the band.

Her big break came in 1960 when, after a member of the band didn’t show up, Ike allowed Anna to record a track he had written, thinking that the original artist would then re-record the vocals later. However, an executive from the record label, Juggy Murray liked “A Fool in Love” so much, he paid $25K for the song and convinced Ike to make Anna the singer in the band, which he did, giving her the pseudonym - Tina Turner.

When did Tina - The Tina Turner Musical premiere?

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical received its world premiere in the West End at London’s Aldwych Theatre on March 21st 2018, ahead of an opening night on April 17th.

Who wrote Tina - The Tina Turner Musical?

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical features a book by Katori Hall, Kees Prins, and Frank Ketelaar. While she did not write the book for the musical, Tina Turner was also greatly involved in the creation of the musical. 

Who wrote the songs that feature in Tina - The Tina Turner Musical?

The songs in the show are all taken from Tina Turner’s incredible music career that has seen her sell in excess 100 million records, making her one of the most successful recording artists of all time?

Some of the original songwriters for tracks featured in the show include Lulu for “I Don’t Wanna Fight”, Sly Stone for “I Want To Take You Higher” and Al Green for “Let’s Stay Together.” 

Who featured in the original cast of Tina - The Tina Turner Musical?

The original cast of the show starred Adrienne Warren as Tina, who was handpicked by Tina Turner herself. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith took on the role of Ike Turner and went on to be awarded an MBE for services to Drama in 2020.


What songs feature in Tina - The Tina Turner Musical?

Tina Turner has a career that spans five decades. All of the iconic singer's greatest songs are included in the musical, including “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and “Proud Mary”. Here is a list of all the songs in Tina - The Tina Turner Musical.

Act 1

"Nutbush City Limits" 
"Don't Turn Around" 
"Shake a Tail Feather" 
"The Hunter" 
"Matchbox" 
"It's Gonna Work Out Fine" 
"A Fool in Love" 
"Let's Stay Together" 
"Better Be Good to Me" 
"I Want to Take You Higher" 
"River Deep Mountain High" 
"Be Tender with Me Baby" 
"Proud Mary" 
"I Don't Wanna Fight" 

Act 2

"Private Dancer" 
"Disco Inferno" 
"Open Arms" 
"I Can't Stand the Rain" 
"Tonight" 
"What's Love Got to Do with It?" 
"We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" 
"The Best"
"Nutbush City Limits (Reprise)" 
"Proud Mary (Reprise)" 

How do I book tickets for Tina - The Tina Turner Musical?

Tickets to Tina - The Tina Turner Musical are currently available to book securely on Theatretickets-London.co.uk as well as directly from the box office.

 

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