Rock goddess Tina Turner was in London this week for the launch of her new biopic musical Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.
The highly anticipated production will see Broadway actress Adrienne Warren play Tina Turner when the musical premieres at the Aldwych Theatre next year.
Tina Turner warmly introduced Warren at the launch event and audience members were given a taste of her impressive vocal talents.
Warren’s most recent theatre credits include Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, Bring it On the Musical at St. James Theatre, Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theater, which was followed by a National Tour, and The Wiz at Encores City Center.
She has also toured and recorded with the multi-platinum selling Trans Siberian Orchestra in which she received her first Platinum and Gold records.
Warren said: “Growing up watching Tina, I knew how to shake my hips before I could tie my shoes! I am so grateful to our creative team and producers for entrusting me with this responsibility. I say responsibility, because I am a Tina Turner fan first. I am elated, honoured and humbled. Meeting and working with Tina is and will always be one of the great moments of my life.”
Tina Turner said: “It has been my joy to introduce Adrienne today. From the moment I met her at our last workshop I saw her exceptional talent.”
She added “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.”
The new musical is directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!), with a book by Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, and choreography by Anthony van Laast.
Set and costume designs are by Mark Thompson with musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet sound by Nevin Steinberg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.
The show charts Tina’s rise from humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the multi- Grammy Award winning global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical will from 21 March 2018 until 16 June 2018 at the Aldwych Theatre.