Tina Turner Announces ‘Tina, The Musical’
The legendary Tina Turner is coming to the stage. This time, in the form of a new theatrical biographical musical that is being developed by Stage Entertainment. The show’s working title is Tina: The Musical.
Reportedly, playwright Katori Hall and writers Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins are working on the project. The news was shared over the weekend by Turner and the creative and producing teams in London at a workshop presentation of the piece. Turner shared in a statement:
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.
Tali Pelman, group creative director of Stage Entertainment, added:
Tina is a music legend and her iconic songs are matched only by the power and inspiration of her remarkable and moving story.
Turner’s life was portrayed in a biographical film in 1993 called, What’s Love Got to Do with It.
It starred Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishbourne as Ike Turner. The screenplay was adapted by Kate Lanier from the book I, Tina written by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder. Both Ike and Tina Turner assigned rights to Lanier for their lives to be dramatized in the film. The film’s soundtrack featured the hit song “I Don’t Wanna Fight”, which went to number one in seven countries. In the United States, the film grossed almost $40 million and around $20 million in rentals. In the United Kingdom, it grossed nearly £10 million.