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Friday, April 06, 2018

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical. @adriennelwarren is sensational. The tag line should really read: Hit after hit after hit. (Thanks to Ike.) @TinaTheMusical #myTINA #simplythebest ...

Last night Stuart and I went to see Tina - The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre in London's glitzy West End.

This highly anticipated musical is on the face it, let's be frank, simply a jukebox musical but that said, it was a very, very good one. It tells a story of tenacity, survival and ultimately celebrates a formidable woman of mind-blowing strength with incomparable talent.

It’s certainly not a Disney show though. It is frequently shocking, oft times breath-taking and somewhat heart-breaking. There is pretty strong language and some graphic bloody scenes of domestic violence too. But then it is based on Tina Turner’s remarkable life.

We were even asked afterwards whether we thought the show would be suitable for 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 or 18 year olds.

That said, there is also a lot of humour - especially the scenes with Heaven 17.

Adrienne Warren makes her West End debut in this production raising the roof and embodying Tina perfectly. She’s a star who gives 100% throughout the entire performance. She drives the show, she is the show. What a voice, what a talent, what charisma, what sexiness, what legs – the epitome of Tina.

Actually, the entire cast were pure class with highlights including Ryan O’Donnell as Roger, Gerrard McCarthy as the charming love interest Irwin, Francesca Jackson as Tina’s confident Rhonda, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith who plays wife-beating villain Ike.

The show includes such hits as:
The Best
What's Love Got To Do With It?
I Can't Stand The Rain
Disco Inferno
Private Dancer
Nutbush City Limits
Let's Stay Together
Better Be Good to Me
We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
I Don't Wanna Fight
Open Arms
River Deep – Mountain High
Proud Mary

By the end, the entire audience were on their feet. Need I say more?

Recommended. Hit after hit after hit...

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