Rolling On the River: This is the Tina Turner Musical

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Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner

In April, London audiences were treated to a new musical celebrating the life and career of legendary singer Tina Turner. Coming on the heels of such similarly single-artist celebrations as Donna: The Donna Summer Musical and The Cher Show, we can’t help but wonder whether audiences will be ready for another.

But this show boasts both Turner’s unmatched catalogue of hits and the artist’s famously dramatic story of rebounding from domestic abuse – which should certainly make audiences stand up and cheer in the era of #metoo. It also has a secret weapon in the form of Adrienne Warren’s turn as Turner, which had critics raving across the pond. The show itself highlights Turner’s career in the 1970s when she was emerging from Ike Turner’s shadow into the solo spotlight.

It’s especially appropriate that the musical opened in London, since that’s the city that nurtured her reinvention. The show also overflows gee-whiz facts about her life, from her Buddhism to the fact that David Bowie helped produce her first solo endeavor. The production, which The Guardian hailed as “a celebration of triumph over adversity,” begins previews in NYC on October 12 with an opening night is on November 7th.

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Last modified: October 9, 2019