The Broadway-bound production of TINA – The Tina Turner Musical has announced its full cast. Under the direction of Phyllida Lloyd, and arriving with its London star Adrienne Warren again playing the titular character, the new musical will begin previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on October 12, 2019, toward an opening on Thursday, November 7, 2019.
“I’m irresistibly drawn to stories of women struggles overcoming insuperable odds,” said Lloyd on the inspiration for bringing Tina Turner’s story to Broadway. “This has got to be one of the greatest of those stories of the 20th century.”
Adrienne Warren, who received an Olivier Award nomination for her portrayal of Tina in the West End production, grew up with a poster on her wall exclaiming “I want to be the next Tina Tuner.” Joining Warren in the production will be Daniel J. Watts (Hamilton) as Ike, Dawnn Lewis (The Wiz) as Zelma, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as Tina Turner (at some performances – Broadway Debut), Myra Lucretia Taylor (Nine) as Gran Georgeanna, Steven Booth (School of Rock), Nick Rashad Burroughs (Kinky Boots), Gerald Caesar (A Bronx Tale), Holli’ Conway (Broadway Debut), Kayla Davion (King Kong), Leandra Ellis-Gaston (Broadway Debut), Charlie Franklin (The Book of Mormon), Judith Franklin (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Matthew Griffin (Broadway Debut), Sheldon Henry (The Prom), David Jennings (Once On This Island), Ross Lekites (Frozen), Robert Lenzi (Tuck Everlasting), Gloria Manning (Broadway Debut), Rob Marnell (Beautiful), Mehret Marsh (The Lion King), Jhardon DiShon Milton (A Bronx Tale), Destinee Rea (The Book of Mormon), Mars Rucker (Broadway Debut), Jessica Rush (Dear Evan Hansen), Allysa Shorte (SpongeBob SquarePants), Carla Stewart (The Color Purple), Jayden Theophile (Broadway Debut), Antonio Watson (Broadway Debut), and Katie Webber (Rock of Ages).
— Tina Broadway (@TinaBroadway) July 23, 2019
Book writer Katori Hall aptly describes Tina’s journey as “dreaming the impossible dream.” Born and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee, Tina would go from picking cotton fields to playing international stages as a rock and roll goddess. Hall, also raised in Tennessee, had an “immediate connection and responsibility as a black woman from the South to lay [her] hands upon [this] tale.”
TINA – The Tina Turner Musical features a book by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, Music Supervision, Additional Music and Arrangements by Nicholas Skilbeck, and Choreography by Anthony van Laast. Set and costume designs will be provided by Mark Thompson, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Jeff Sugg, and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.
TINA – The Tina Turner Musical tells the story of music legend Tina Turner, and of the ups and downs of her amazing, enduring career.
Photo by Craig Sugden Photography.