A very interesting interview of Katori Hall, the inspiring author of the book for the upcoming TINA Musical, has been published earlier today in the Guardian. The Memphis born writer, winner of an Oliver Award evokes the #MeToo movement and unveils her vision for the musical and why we won’t get the ‘Disney Version’ but the ‘Katori Hall Version’! The writer reveals that Tina was adamant on the subject:
I don’t know if you’ll be able to do my life, I don’t want the Disney version!
And who can disagree with Tina? Although the performance of the leading actors Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne is breathtaking and unforgettable, the movie What’s Love Got To Do With It ended up looking more like a good cable TV movie with its core story watered down than an oscar winning masterpiece.
The musical will star the American actor Adrienne Warren, making her West End debut, as Turner, and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, last on stage as Laertes in Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet at the Barbican, as her abusive husband, Ike.
Hall said London was the perfect place for the show, given Turner’s huge fanbase:
If Broadway want it, they want it. We’ll see
The show will feature the songs of Turner, but Hall uses the term bio-musical rather than jukebox musical. It will not avoid the violence in Turner’s life, said Hall. Understanding the roots of the cycle of violence is something that is very important to us and quite frankly, very important to Tina.
This is a grown-up musical, this is not Phantom of the Opera. We are really going to be brutally honest. Me and Phyllida we always say, we’re trying to do August Wilson and Beyoncé at the same time.