Soul Sister, New Musical Inspired by Ike and Tina Turner Story, to Premiere in London

News   Soul Sister, New Musical Inspired by Ike and Tina Turner Story, to Premiere in London Soul Sister, a new musical inspired by the life and times of Ike and Tina Turner, is to receive its world premiere at London's Hackney Empire, beginning performances April 14, prior to an official opening April 19, for a run through May 5.

Emi Wokoma
Emi Wokoma

According to press materials, the show (which is devised by Pete Brooks and John Miller) "follows the highs and lows, the passions and heartbreak of Ike and Tina Turner as their careers blossomed and their marriage crumbled....It features such classics as 'What’s Love Got to Do with It,' 'Proud Mary', 'Private Dancer' and 'River Deep Mountain High.'"

It is directed by Bob Eaton, with choreography and musical staging by Jason Pennycooke. Design is by Pete Brooks and Laura Hopkins. The projection design is by Simon Wainwright of Imitating The Dog, lighting by Nick Richings with sound by Ben Harrison. The musical supervisor and arranger is Keith Strachan, and the musical director is Sean Green.  It is produced by Simply the Best Productions Limited in association with Hackney Empire.

The cast of 15 features Emi Wokoma as Tina Turner and Chris Tummings as Ike Turner, with Sharon Benson, Nadine Higgin, Ngo Ngofa and Joanna Sandi as The Four Ikes.

Wokoma has previously been seen in the West End in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury and Trevor Nunn's production of Porgy and Bess at the Savoy. She was also in Little Shop of Horrors at Birmingham Rep and the National Theatre of Scotland's production of The Bacchae.

Tummings was seen in The Harder they Come and The Big Life (both at Stratford East's Theatre Royal) and Fabulation (Tricycle).

Eaton has previously directed 14 productions at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre, including Our Day Out in 2009 and 2010.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 8985 2424, or visit www.hackneyempire.co.uk.    

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