This new stage musical, presented in association with Tina Turner herself, reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.
A star-studded crowd showed up for opening night, including Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Martha Stewart, Tiffany Haddish, Sunny Hostin, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, Tituss Burgess, Christine Baranski and Anna Wintour.
Front and center? Tony-nominated actress Adrienne Warren, who portrays Turner in the acclaimed show. She's more tightly controlled than the real-life Turner; her movement is sharper, her vocals less raspy, and she barely seems to break a sweat.
"Tina: The Tina Turner Musical" is now performing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City.
The musical follows the life and career of Turner, including turbulent times she endured.
"I've been blessed with a wonderful career", she writes in the program notes. Director Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) has staged the show with minimal subtlety-whenever Ike (Daniel J. Watts, in the ultimate thankless role) does cocaine, which is often, he waves a big bag of white powder in the air-and several of the supporting actors pitch their performances to the second balcony.
Music supervision, additional music and arrangements come from Nicholas Skilbeck, while Anthony van Laast provides choreography. The music throughout the show includes "Proud Mary", "River Deep, Mountain High", "Private Dancer" and her smash hit, "What's Love Got to Do with It".
Fittingly, the show concludes with Tina strutting onto the stage in front of 180,000 fans in Rio De Janeiro to belt out "The Best".
While addressing all the performers, Turner called out Warren. The West End production is now booking through June 27, 2020.
The test of any star is the ability to rise above adversity, and Tina Turner has had more than her share.