Stage Entertainment confirmed December 16 that it is developing a new musical based on the life of music legend Tina Turner. In fact, multiple Grammy winner Turner has joined the creative and producing teams in London at a workshop presentation of the new piece.
Collaborating on this world premiere are writer Katori Hall (The Mountaintop), with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins; director Phyllida Lloyd (Mary Stuart, Mamma Mia!); set and costume designer Mark Thompson; choreographer Anthony van Laast; and musical supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck.
In a statement Turner said, “We have been working on the musical for over a year now and today I am delighted to be able to share our news as we begin the next chapter of our journey. It has been wonderful to collaborate with Katori and Phyllida and to have my story nurtured by such an amazing creative team is thrilling. London has always had a very special place in my heart and it’s wonderful to be back.”
Tali Pelman, group creative director, Stage Entertainment, added, “It’s been an honour for us all to collaborate so closely with Tina Turner on this project. Tina is a music legend and her iconic songs are matched only by the power and inspiration of her remarkable and moving story. We are delighted to be working with Katori Hall, whose writing has a heart and humour that beautifully captures Tina’s life story, and to have the extraordinary director Phyllida Lloyd at the helm of such a talented creative team. It’s been exciting today to see the project move into its next phase.”
Broadway actor Adrienne Warren, a Tony nominee for her performance in Shuffle Along, is playing Turner in the workshop, according to Warren's manager. Neither casting nor a timetable has been announced for the stage production.
Tina Turner's life was also explored in the film What's Love Got to Do With It, which cast Angela Basset as the famed singer; and River Deep, A Tribute to Tina Turner, a musical inspired by Turner's autobiography I, Tina, that played The Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in July 2006. Tina Turner is the recipient of numerous Grammy Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors. Among her many hit tunes are “I Can't Stand the Rain,” “Let's Stay Together,” “Private Dancer,” and “What's Love Got to Do With It?”