First things first: You won’t find any spoiler about TINA The Musical in this article. I know that some people, who didn’t even attend the show, already put the whole plot on their website but you’ll not find any breakdown or details of the story here. The show is still in previews and it would be totally unfair to the Musical Team and to the fans to unveil everything before you can get the chance to experience it yourself and before its official opening in April.
Just book your ticket now and trust me, you are in for a very big surprise! That being said, let me share a few things with you…
It was a night TINA fans had been waiting for a very long time and expectations were pretty high…
If the tension outside the Aldwych was palpable, the atmosphere inside the theater was electrical.
People showing from every corner of the world to get the chance to experience an unforgettable theatrical moment and that what we got!
Miss Warren is simply perfect as TINA. Playing the Queen of Rock from her teenage years all the way to her 1988 gigantic Rio concert, Adrienne Warren shines and transport us into another world. She is not making an impersonation of TINA but she truly captures the essence of the Legend and her powerful voice is absolutely breathtaking. Her energy, her smile and dare I say it, her incredible figure and charisma creates the perfect illusion of a new TINA.
Warren is joined by a cast of incredible actors: Kobna Holbrook-Smith is impeccable as Ike, giving a new depth to the notorious character. Madeline Appiah plays a very convincing Zelma. Francesca Jackson as Rhonda Graam is an absolute delight and a special shout out to my personal favorite Lorna Gayle who plays the endearing Indian’s Grandma Georganna.
And let’s be honest, even if the show on Opening Night was very good despite various factual inaccuracies , the audience reaction that evening was pretty hysterical and probably not a good representation of what a ‘regular’ audience reaction would be. Which was the case during the second show! But even with a more contained audience, the whole theater was on its feet at the end of the show, cheering, singing, ecstatic with pleasure!
With TINA The Musical, be prepared to cry, laugh and dance. You’ll be shocked, you’ll be heartbroken but most of all you’ll feel empowered.
I went to the second preview by myself and left the theater with a heavy heart, overwhelming emotions of joy and sadness. The realization that you should live your life to the fullest and that nothing is impossible.
I feel even prouder of being a TINA fan after seeing this show, happy and relieved that her legacy is treated with respect, admiration and I am pretty confident it will travel the world.
Previews for TINA The Musical runs until April 16, 2018.