Last weekend, the musical Soul Sister based on Tina Turner’s career and her marriage to Ike Turner, opened in London’s Hackney Empire theater. And good news: the musical has received mostly very positive reviews, and especially Emi Wokoma’s portrayal of Tina Turner is applauded. Above, you can find a video of a BBC report on the new musical, thanks to Alan! Below is a selection of reviews that appeared on the web. We congratulate the production team of the musical on their success. What’s more, this is clearly a sign that the audience and critics alike haven’t forgotten about Tina yet – dare we say time for another comeback, Miss Turner?
“Wokoma radiates such inner, vital strength that above and beyond her uncanny attention to Turner’s stage mannerisms – the pouting and trembling lips, the scowl, the strut – you feel as if you’re getting a fully rounded portrait.”
The Telegraph – 4 out of 5 stars
“I suspect we’ll be hearing considerably more of this show after its scheduled three weeks in Hackney.”
Evening Standard – 4 out of 5 stars
“Soul Sister offers West End production quality in a West End standard theatre with West End standard performances – all at East End prices.”
“Thanks to the vividly commanding performance of Emi Wokama as Tina, who summonses her brassy, Amazonian sense of attack yet also embodies the personal frailty that lay underneath it, it’s like a younger version of her is back in the room.”
“A jukebox musical should showcase songs the way an audience like to hear them. Soul Sister certainly does that – the crowd were on their feet, tapping their toes to the beat.”