Tina: The Tina Turner Musical celebrated its first birthday on Wednesday night after a triumphant 12 months in London’s West End.
Joined by a host of celebrity guests, such as Denise Van Outen, Kimberley Walsh, Prue Leith and Mel Giedroyc, new Tina, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe led the cast as they gave the audience a stunning insight into the life and music of the legend that is Tina Turner at the Aldwych Theatre.
The show received its world premiere in London in April 2018 and follows Tina’s – real name Anna Mae’s – humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, in which Tina didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them.
Fans will discover the untold story of the singer, now aged 79, who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.
Woman magazine went along to the birthday gala – here’s seven reasons why you NEED to go and see the musical for yourself…
1. It’s an exhilarating rollercoaster
You don’t have to be a hardcore Tina Turner fan to appreciate the quality of the script and the vocals. From the moment you sit down and the curtain is raised, you are taken on an emotional rollercoaster which will unexpectedly flip throughout the performance.
2.You get an insight to what makes a true icon
Tina started her career back in 1956, and although she’s been around for decades, we still wonder how she got where she is today. And this show has all the answers, as it covers the highs and lows of her life, from living with her grandmother, to meeting Ike Turner and the horrors that unfolded after enduring years of abuse, which lead her to attempt suicide. But it’s not all doom and gloom, there’s plenty of comedy moments to help lift your spirits.
3. Discover or rediscover her anthems
Whether Simply The Best, Proud Mary, or What’s Love Got To Do With It is your go-to karaoke song, there’s other classics that you will remember as the setlist has an air of nostalgia about it.
4. It has something for everyone
Whether your a lover of music, theatre, costumes or seeing history being brought to life on stage, this production has something for everyone. You’ll find it hard to avoid the shoulder rolls and feet taps!
5. Gives a no holds barred insight to black music culture
Tina doesn’t have an easy ride as she tries to get signed, have her music released, gigs booked and be taken seriously among record bosses in both the US and London, and it brings her professional struggles to light in a remarkable way, which only makes her stronger as an artist today.
6. It’s like being at an intimate gig
You will get goosebumps from start to finish as the lead hits all the high notes from Tina’s hits. And for a split second you will think you’ve travelled back in time and find yourself standing up, singing and dancing to the finale.
7. It has a talented cast who will blow you away
The cast comprises of Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, who plays the title role and took over from Adrienne Warren, who is reprising the role on Broadway. Nkeki’s warm personality comes across on stage and with all the right dance moves, it’s easy to think for a split second that Tina Turner has been reborn. But the ensemble cast add just as much to the performance, with stunning vocals throughout it really very much is a team effort.
TINA: The Tina Turner Musical is produced by Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner. You can book tickets up until January 11th 2020. Get tickets HERE!