Tina-The Musical

Tina- The musical, is a stage musical revealing the untold story of one of the greatest queens of rock ‘n’ roll music. A winner of 12 Grammy Awards, Tina Turner is an inspiration, an absolute stage goddess and a gift to all her music fans. We’re taking a little walk down history lane, taking a closer look into Turner’s life and career path.

Tina Turner

Tina was born under the name of Anna Mae Bullock in 1939 in Brownsville, Tennessee. Her mother Zelma and her father Floyd had a complicated and abusive relationship and when Bullock was 11, her mother took off and left without a warning. Two years later, Anna Mae’s dad remarried and moved to Detroit, so the girl, together with her sister, went on to live with her grandmother. Anna Mae’s grandmother died when the girl was 16, so she went and joined her mother in St. Louis.

Singing

Anna Mae was singing in the church choir from an early age. When she moved to St Louis, she became a frequent visitor of The Manhattan Club- a nightclub with live music. Anna Mae was a big fan of the band ‘The Kings of Rhythm’ which was a regular there. One of the nights, the drummer of the band Eugene Washington, called Anna Mae on stage and to join them for a few songs. The band loved her voice and they played together the whole evening. The lead singer- Ike Turner took Anna Mae in and taught her basics on voice control and performance.

In 1958, Tina had her first recording under the name Little Ann, performing ‘Boxtop.’ In 1960, Tina wrote ‘A fool in love’ for the singer Art Lassiter. Tina was to sing as a back vocalist during the recording session, but Art never showed up, so Tina suggested she recorded the piece as a lead, since the studio was already paid for.

Local DJ Dave Dixon convinced Tina to send the recording to Juggy Murray- a president of R&B label Sue Records. She listened to Dave’s advice and Juggy fell in love with the girl’s voice. Murray bought the track, paid Tina 25,000$ in advance and convinced her to get a stage name- Tina Turner and. In July 1960, Tina Turner was introduced to the public with that very name and with the single “A fool in love.’ It reached No. 2 on the Hot R&B Sides chart and No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After the release, Ike Turner creates the Ike & Tina Turner Revue band. In 1962, following an abusive romance, Ike and Tina get married.

Tina gains international fame in 1966, when Phil Spector features the singer’s voice in ‘The wall of sound.’ `Ike and Turner are asked to be the opening act of Rolling Stones that very year.

In 1968, after repeated abuse, Tina tried to take her own life by swallowing 50 Valiums. One year later, the singer is nominated for her first solo Grammy award.

1971, Ike and Tina record on of the best known hits of Turner ‘Proud Mary’ which earns the duo a Grammy award.

1975, Tina takes on her first film role in ‘The Acid Queen’ and 1 year later leaver Ike. The singer asks for nothing besides for keeping her stage name ‘ Tine Turner.’

After the divorce, Tina goes on to record many more hits, becoming top chart, winning the singer 12 Grammies in total.

The Musical

The musical celebrates the life of Tina Turner through her most loved music pieces, with a lot of colours, costumes and emotional moments. The playwright is written by Olivier Award-winner Katori Hall and directed by Phyllida Loyd. It’s presented in association with Tina Turner herself.

Tickets

You can now book a ticket for the musical with prices starting at 109$

The musical is 2 hours and 45 minutes long with one intermission of 15 minutes.

Location: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Book tickets here.

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