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‘TINA – The Tina Turner Musical’ on the Nationwide takes you to a rock live performance


Sensory overload. Spectacular. Breathtaking. These have been my impressions of TINA – The Tina Turner Musical. With a ebook by Katori Corridor, Frank Ketelaar, and Kees Prins, the present revolves round thunder-voiced Tina Turner, aka Anna Mae Bullock, and terrible-tempered music legend Ike Turner. With Director Phyllida Lloyd on the helm, a number of transferring elements got here collectively to create a rousing crowd-pleaser.

Star Naomi Rodgers has the piston-pumping legs, booming voice, and energetic dance steps to drive this present to the celebs. Rodgers was additionally implausible in her dramatic scenes, reminiscent of these along with her grandmother, Gran Georgeanna (Anny Nesby from the legendary gospel-pop group Sounds of Blackness), and her mom, Zelma Bullock, the all the time magnificent Roz White (a veteran of such reveals because the Dreamgirls nationwide tour).

Naomi Rodgers as Tina Turner within the North American touring manufacturing of ‘TINA – The Tina Turner Musical.’ Photograph by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade, 2022.

A jukebox biopic ought to marry the songs chronologically with the narrative. Nevertheless, this present is extra of a rock live performance and fewer of a bona fide marriage of storytelling and music. Some songs on this present are anachronistic of their placement within the plot.

In one of many present’s earliest and most vital scenes, the younger Anna Mae Bullock (the fantastic Ayvah Johnson) outperforms the choir in a Fifties small-town Tennessee church, inspiring the congregation along with her impressed gospel efficiency of “Nutbush Metropolis Limits.”

After Zelma left her abusive, preacher husband, Richard Bullock (performed with sternness by Carlton Terrence Taylor), Anna Mae’s grandmother Georgeanna inspired her to maneuver up north from Tennessee to affix her mom and older sister Alline (Parris Lewis) in St. Louis so she might take advantage of use of her present—her voice. In a St. Louis nightclub, Anna Mae and Alline noticed Kings of Rhythm frontman Ike Turner, who picked Anna Mae out of the group to sing “She Made My Blood Run Chilly.”

Garrett Turner performed Ike Turner to close perfection. His efficiency had all of it: the macho swagger, the advertising and marketing genius, and the cruelty.

Ike dominated his group, The Ikettes, like a tyrant. He additionally made Anna Mae change her identify, and the act turned The Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Tina’s relationship with the naive band member Raymond was harmed by Ike’s dominance. Taylor A. Blackman gave Raymond gentleness in the best way he liked Tina. Tina’s breakup with Raymond yielded one of many extra awkwardly inserted musical numbers: the Al Inexperienced tune “Let’s Keep Collectively,” which Turner lined in 1983 and made right into a comeback hit.

The present featured a lot of its extra thrilling songs as Tina’s profession flourished, together with “I Wish to Take You Larger,” “River Deep — Mountain Excessive,” directed by producer Phil Spector (the amusing Geoffrey Kidwell), and “Proud Mary.” The “River Deep — Mountain Excessive” scene was pure psychedelic bliss.

Within the second act, we see Tina’s Nineteen Eighties reinvention. The present offers time to characters like Tina’s good friend Rhonda (Gracie Phillips); the Australian expertise supervisor Roger Davies (Zachary Freier-Harrison), who helped her discover a new musical course; and Erwin Bach, the devoted and inspiring German report firm advertising and marketing govt who would turn into Tina’s second husband. As Bach, Max Falls created touching and romantic scenes with Rodgers.

After the passing of her mom, Zelma, Tina sang the “Mad Max” theme tune, “Past the Thunderdome,” which I discovered odd. To hyperlink the lyrics of that tune with that plot level, the viewers should make a big logical leap.

Naomi Rodgers as Tina Turner performing ‘What’s Love Bought to Do With It’ within the North American touring manufacturing of ‘TINA – The Tina Turner Musical.’ Photograph by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade, 2022.

The present’s highlights included Tina’s hits: “Non-public Dancer,” “What’s Love Bought to Do With It,” and “(Merely) The Finest.” Rodgers was merely phenomenal within the power and vocals she displayed. These numbers and all of the others have been fueled by Anthony Van Laast’s choreography and Dance Coach Shari Washington Rhone.

Rodgers wasn’t the one one who contributed memorable vocals. Nesby introduced verve to “Etherland—Sound of Mystic Legislation” and White contributed to “It’s Gonna Work Out Wonderful.”

Jeff Sugg’s (a Tony Award nominee) spot-on projection design was an unsung star of the present. It didn’t matter if the present wanted a seedy resort within the Deep South or the cityscape of St. Louis, Sugg’s projections did the trick. Due to the numerous home violence scenes within the present, Combat Captain Chris Stevens’ work was essential.

Although the slaps and punches within the home violence scenes have been exhausting to observe, they have been efficient in telling the story. Music Director Anne Shuttlesworth, Music Supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck, and Music Coordinator John Miller have been answerable for a lot of the present’s musical energy. Mark Thompson’s costumes, particularly those worn by Tina, have been spectacular.

You may be enthused and moved by TINA – The Tina Turner Musical. You don’t must take a bus to New York Metropolis to see this present; it’s Broadway-quality proper right here in Washington, DC.

Operating time: Two hours 45 minutes, together with a 15-minute intermission.

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical performs via October 23, 2022, at Nationwide Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. Tickets ($65–$150) might be bought on-line.

COVID Security: Masks are strongly really useful however not required for all ticketholders. Broadway at The Nationwide requests patrons and workers to remain dwelling if they’re feeling unwell to guard different patrons, solid, crew, and workers. See Nationwide Theatre’s COVID Security Plan right here.

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical

CAST
Tina Turner: Naomi Rodgers
Ike Turner: Garrett Turner
Zelma Bullock: Roz White
Gran Georgeanna: Anny Nesby
Rhonda: Gracie Phillips
Phil Spector: Geoffrey Kidwell
Membership Announcer: Carlton Terrence Taylor
Raymond: Taylor A. Blackman
Ikette #1: Shari Washington Rhone
Ikette #2: Reyna Guerra
Ikette#3: Takia Hopson
Ikette#4: Parris Lewis
Roger Davies: Zachary Freier-Harrison
Craig: Andre Hinds
Alline: Parris Lewis
Richard Bullock: Carlton Terrence Taylor
Erwin Bach: Max Falls
Carpenter, Television Host, 2nd Police Officer, Martyn: Chris Stevens
Ronnie: Antonio Beverly
Younger Alline, Younger Craig: Lillian Charles
Younger Anna-Mae: Ayvah Johnson

ARTISTIC AND CREATIVE TEAM
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
E book: Katori Corridor, Frank Ketelaar, and Kees Prins
Projection Design: Jeff Sugg
Dance Coach: Shari Washington Rhone
Combat Captain: Chris Stevens
Music Director: Anne Shuttlesworth
Music Supervisor: Nicholas Skilbeck
Music Coordinator: John Miller
Choreographer: Anthony Van Laast
Set and Costumes: Mark Thompson
Lighting Design: Bruno Poet

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