As most of you know, yesterday was the opening of the new musical about Ike & Tina Turner in London. Fellow Tina fan Jamie attended it and wrote a review of the musical for the blog. Details about the evening inside the post. If any of you guys also went, leave a comment and share with us your feelings about it! And of course, a big thank you to Jamie for his review !
I attended the Soul Sister show on Saturday 14th April at London’s Hackney Empire. It was only the second show of it’s 3 week run with only the afternoons matinee before it. I was very excited about the show having seen a short preview a couple of weeks ago. Here is a quick run through of some highlights for me…
The show began with Private Dancer. Emi Wokoma who plays Tina is a great actress with a fantastic voice. She doesn’t sound like Tina (who does?!) but what was important was that she got “the feeling” of what Tina is about across to the audience.
The show used video screens to project images along with narratives by Tina (Emi) as they told the story. It tells the story that we all know, Anna Mae leaving Nutbush, travelling to St.Louis & meeting Ike Turner. Ike is played by Chris Tummings & I did particularly enjoy his portrayal.
The show gives a run through of some old Ike & Tina songs in the first half before closing with River Deep Mountain High. The dress reveal for this performance was a stand out moment with woops from the audience & people singing along.
The second half continued with Proud Mary & Honky Tonk Woman. This was a fantastic performance. Emi’s dress was spot on to one of Tina’s & she was dancing so hard the beads were flying off across the stage! It really got everyone moving & cheering.
The show covers the Review’s Soul to Soul concert in Ghana also. By now I had the impression some of the first night nerves were easing off & they were able to really give it their all.
The show ends with Tina at the Ritz. It basically turns into a mini Tina tribute act & it feels like a celebration of all things Tina. The band are fantastic throughout the show, they were another highlight for me. By the last song people were up dancing, clapping, cheering & generally going a little bit wild! Myself included..!
To sum it up, it was a very good production. It was an interesting take on the Ike & Tina story that has already been told a million times over. They tried to get across the fact that behind the violence was a relationship between two great talents who produced & performed some of the best music of the 1960s and 1970s. With some polishing up, this show could move onto bigger things in the West End. It deserves to do well.