Tina – The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre in London has announced a new star for the show.
US singer and actress Kristina Love joins from playing Tina in the Hamburg production, and her previous credits include Dirty Dancing, Rocky the Musical, Sister Act, Disney’s Aladdin and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Kristina Love said: “I am so excited and humbled to revisit such a wonderful role, having previously played Tina in the Hamburg production. After having met her on my birthday in 2018, performing with her and receiving her blessing at the Hamburg opening, I count it a great honour to be entrusted with performing her life story. I am grateful to be continuing my Tina journey at the same time as making my West End debut, and I can’t wait to join such an amazing and talented cast at the Aldwych Theatre.”
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical opened in London in April 2018 and has proved a huge box office and critical success. Set to the pulse-pounding soundtrack of her most beloved hits, the musical tracks Tina Turner’s triumphant story live on stage.
Other cast in the show include Caleb Roberts as Ike Turner, Paula Kay as Tina’s mother Zelma Bullock, Charis Alexandra as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, George Jennings as Tina’s Manager Roger Davies, Irene Myrtle Forrester as Tina’s Grandmother, Kelly Hampson as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Gregory Haney as Tina’s father Richard Bullock, Cordell Mosteller as Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, Chris Grahamson as Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten and Joseph Richardson as record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach.
Ensemble members are Megan Armstrong and Vanessa Dumatey, Thomas Sutcliffe who plays Carpenter, Turrell Barrett-Wallace who plays Tina’s son Ronnie and Joey James plays Tina’s son Craig, the Ikettes are played by Karis Anderson, Marie Finlayson and Natorii Illidge and swings are Lauren Allan, Richard Appiah-Sarpong, Joshua Da Costa, Miles Anthony Daley, Amber Sylvia Edwards, Livvy Evans, Imogen Rose Hart, Jaz Robinson, Brad Veitch, Saran Webb and Samuel J Weir.
The children’s cast currently comprises Isabella Francis,nine years old from Bromley, Tia Roche, twelve years old from Bedfordshire and Maya Parks, eleven years old from Bromley, who share the role of Young Anna Mae; Cece Somolu, ten years old from Richmond, Kizzy Murrell, eleven years old from Surrey and Eden Butcher, ten years old from Barking, share the role of Young Alline; Spencer Salami, nine years old from Lambeth, Jhobe Duncan, nine years old from Waltham Forest, and Cohen March, eight years old from Lambeth, share the role of Young Craig.
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, the show is choreographed by Anthony van Laast, with set and costume designs by Mark Thompson, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Jeff Sugg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.