Fall of 2019 will bring the London hit Tina: The Tina Turner Musical to Broadway. Stage Entertainment has confirmed that the jukebox tuner, that navigates the compelling and inspirational story of music legend Tina Turner, will cross the ocean to the Great White Way. The venue, performance dates, casting, and other details will be made available as time and the production progress.
“Bringing this musical to life on stage and working with this team has meant so much to me, I feel that it is in many ways a culmination of my career.”
Tina Turner, the subject of the musical, shared these thoughts about the forthcoming Broadway production: “Bringing this musical to life on stage and working with this team has meant so much to me, I feel that it is in many ways a culmination of my career. London audiences have been and continue to be extraordinary. Now, the bright lights of Broadway are calling, and I’m very excited to share this beautiful show with New York audiences next year.”
The London production of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is directed by Phyllida Lloyd, with choreography by Anthony van Laast. Featuring a book by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, the musical’s score is assembled from the wide array of Tina Turner hits from her decades in the music industry. Musical supervision, additional music, and arrangements of such songs as “Proud Mary,” “River Deep, Mountain High,” “Private Dancer,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero” are executed by Nicholas Skilbeck. Tina: The Tina Turner Musical received its world premiere in April 2018 at the Aldwych Theatre in London where it continues to play to sold-out houses.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is described as follows: “From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. 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.”
Tali Pelman, Producer and Group Creative Managing Director at Stage Entertainment, said, “I am thrilled that we are finally able to announce that TINA will open on Broadway next Fall. West End audiences have fallen in love with the show, and working with the incomparable Tina Turner has been an exceptional experience. She has made it her mission to tell her story with raw honesty and grit. She is an inspiration for all of us. We cannot wait for Broadway audiences to experience the power of TINA.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.