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Tina Turner musical’s empowering theme ‘will attract new theatregoers’

Tina Turner and Adrienne Warren, who will play the singer in the autobiographical musical. Photo: Craig Sugden
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The Broadway star chosen to play Tina Turner in a new musical has said she hopes the production will inspire new theatre fans because of its depiction of strong women.

Adrienne Warren said it was important to tell Turner’s story because she is a “motivation to all women, but especially women of colour”.

Tina, a new music about the rock and roll icon’s life, will premiere at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End in April next year.

Speaking at the launch of the musical, Warren said: “She is strength, power and grace personified, and a motivation, an inspiration to all women, but especially women of colour.

“She’s the first time that I ever realised that I could grow up from the south, because I’m also from the south, and have dreams that would take me all over the world. I wouldn’t have become a performer if it wasn’t for Tina Turner.”

Warren added: “I hope [it will bring in new audiences]. It’s inspiring because it just shows all of us that no matter what obstacle comes your way, whether it’s your family not supporting you, whether it’s bullying, whether it’s domestic violence, don’t ever let that stop you from achieving what you want to do in your life.”

Director Phyllida Lloyd, who also helmed the musical Mamma Mia!, echoed Warren’s comments, adding that she felt it was important to tell the stories of inspirational women.

“I’ve been looking for another woman’s story, a story that makes a difference to women in the audience and sends everybody out on that high of joy and excitement that Mamma Mia! did,” she said.

Tina is produced by Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Turner. It is written by Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, and features some of Turner’s best-known songs.

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