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Adrienne Warren to play Tina Turner in new musical Tina

Tina Turner and Adrienne Warren. Photo by Craig Sugden.

Casting news

TODAY, October 17, 2017, Adrienne Warren was announced by Tina Turner as the actor who will portray her in the world premiere of the new musical Tina.

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Tina will open at the Aldwych Theatre on April 17, 2018, following preview performances from March 21. Produced by Stage Entertainment, Tina is currently booking to June 16, 2018.

Adrienne Warren, who will be making her West End stage debut as Tina, said: “Growing up watching Tina, I knew how to shake my hips before I could tie my shoes! I am so grateful to our creative team and producers for entrusting me with this responsibility. I say responsibility, because I am a Tina Turner fan first. I am elated, honoured and humbled. Meeting and working with Tina is and will always be one of the great moments of my life. Can’t wait to see you in London!”

Tina Turner said: “It has been my joy to introduce Adrienne today. From the moment I met her at our last workshop I saw her exceptional talent. Playing this role will require immense physical and emotional commitment, and bravery too. We are thrilled to have found Adrienne, and I very much look forward to spending more time together and developing a special friendship I know will grow even stronger as we prepare the production for the Aldwych Theatre. We can’t wait to welcome her to the show.”

Adrienne Warren was most recently seen in Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, for which she received a Tony nomination. Her other US theatre credits include Bring it On the Musical at St. James Theatre, Dreamgirls at the Apollo Theater and National Tour, and The Wiz at Encores City Center.

She has toured and recorded with the multi-platinum selling Trans Siberian Orchestra in which she received her first Platinum and Gold records. Her television credits include the Amazon Pilot Point of Honor, Orange is the New Black, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, People in New Jersey, Irreversible and Black Box. In March this year, she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops.

Written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, Tina will have choreography by Anthony van Laast, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Nevin Steinberg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp. Further casting will be announced in due course.

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Image: Tina Turner and Adrienne Warren. Photo by Craig Sugden.