Theater Evaluate: ‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’

Tina Turner was an icon and a real legend who was blessed with that unmistakable voice that solely appeared to get higher with age. She additionally had the flexibility to take a tune and make it her personal and, let’s not neglect, these legs that we’re insured for $3.2 million {dollars}! She was such a one in every of a sort expertise. I couldn’t think about the pure pleasure and finally stress that Naomi Rodgers, who performed Turner within the efficiency that I noticed (she splits the function with Zurin Villanueva), felt when she was solid within the function. However, no matter she felt then, I can inform you that she completely nails it. Boy, does she ever.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, which initially opened on Broadway in 2019, is directed by Tony Award nominee Phyllida Lloyd with a guide by Katori Corridor, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, tells Turner’s rags to riches to rags and at last again to riches story. It opens together with her humble beginnings in a Tennessee church as a younger Anna Might Bullock (an extremely cute Ayvah Johnson), she hasn’t but modified her identify, knocks the socks off the parishioners together with her singing. Quickly, she’s all grown up and has an opportunity encounter with Ike Turner, performed by Garrett Turner. I might think about there’s no relation however wouldn’t that be loopy if there was? Ike rapidly realizes her expertise and invitations her to hitch his band. As they journey the nation, she quickly begins to outshine her now husband and if something about her story, that their marriage was not a mattress of roses. Fortunately, after 16 years of marriage, she lastly leaves him. If Act One was her rise, Act Two is all about her fall and the way she managed to get again to the highest of the charts.

The opening of the present is a bit lackluster. You’d suppose there could be a giant, splashy quantity, one thing to begin the exhibit with a bang. However the story rapidly falls into place as soon as she meets Ike Turner. The guide is a little bit skinny at instances however the solid, which additionally contains Roz White (Zelma Bullock), Ann Nesby (Gran Georgeanna), Lael Van Keuren (Rhonda), Max Falls (Erwin Bach) and Zachary Freier-Harrison (Roger Davies), helps an amazing deal.

You’ll undoubtedly keep in mind a lot of the songs, particularly the later ones like “Let’s Keep Collectively,” “Personal Dancer,” and “(Merely) The Greatest” when Turner was at her peak. And a lot of the songs truly get higher (if that’s attainable) due to Tony Award nominee Anthony van Laas terrific choreography.

However let’s get again to Rodgers for a second as a result of I can’t cease pondering so many good issues about her efficiency, particularly in Act 2 when she’s the Turner I most keep in mind. She’s bought the voice, the strikes and perspective down completely. And if you happen to didn’t suppose so, on the finish of the present and the mini-concert she provides as Turner, your thoughts will completely change.

MORE: The ensemble contains Daelyanna Kelly Benson, Antonio Beverly, Karen Burthwright, Aliyah Caldwell, Brianna Cameron, Lillian Charles, Max Falls, Zachary Freier-Harrison, Reyna Guerra, Gordia Hayes, Andre Hinds, Takia Hopson, Ayvah Johnson, Geoffrey Kidwell, Parris Monet Lewis, Gerard M. Williams, Nia Nelson-Williams, Gracie Phillips, Nicole Powell, Terance Reddick, Shari Washington Rhone, Jacob Roberts-Miller, Chris Stevens, Kristopher Stanley Ward, and Jeff Sullivan.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is at present enjoying on the San Diego Civic Theatre. For more information and tickets: Broadway San Diego

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