The hit West End production of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical has announced new lead casting.
Karis Anderson’s theatre credits include Diana Ross in Motown (UK Tour), PP Arnold in All Or Nothing (Ambassadors) and Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin (Jordan Productions).
Okezie Morro’s theatre credits include Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (Talawa/National Theatre), To Kill a Mockingbird (Manchester Royal Exchange), Damned by Despair (National Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Headlong), As You Like It (Rose Theatre Kingston), The Riots (Tricycle Theatre/Bernie Grant), Innocence (Arcola Theatre), Ruined (Almeida Theatre), Rum and Coca Cola (English Touring Theatre), and This is How it Goes (The King’s Head).
Further new casting announced today also includes: Mark Anderson will join to play Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten, Jonathan Carlton will play record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach, current ensemble member Vanessa Dumatey will play Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, Irene Myrtle Forrester continues as Tina’s Grandmother, Earl Gregory joins to play Tina’s father Richard Bullock, Harry Harrington joins as Tina’s Manager Roger Davies, Emma Hatton joins to play Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Jarius McClanahan joins as Tina’s first love Raymond Hill and Carole Stennett joins to play Tina’s mother Zelma.
Ensemble members are Lauren Allan as Toni, Turrell Barrett-Wallace who continues to play Tina’s son Ronnie, Joey James who continues to play Tina’s son Craig and Thomas Sutcliffe who continues to play Carpenter, the Ikettes are played by new cast members Morgan Broome, Amara Campbell and Abiola Efunshile and swings are Richard Appiah-Sarpong, Jenna Bonner, Ana Cardoso, Junior Delius, Livvy Evans, Ewan Grant, Imogen Rose Hart, Llewellyn Jamal, Amy Punter, Ellie Seaton and Samuel J Weir.
Children’s casting includes Shaniyah Abrahams, Seikemi Okotore and Shyanne Ononiwu as Young Anna Mae Bullock, Eden Butcher, Adisa Richards and Ezmai Robinson as Young Alline Bullock and AJ Aboiralor, Ayden Beale and Philip Kamau as Young Craig.
Tina is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins.
Produced in association with the late Tina Turner, this powerful West End musical celebrates the incredible true-story of the legendary singer, and her extraordinary life and music career.