And so it started: The reviews for TINA, The Musical on Broadway are here and Adrienne Warren is getting fantastic reviews from the critics. Here’s a selection below:
From The Daily Beast: Adrienne Warren Is Simply the Best in ‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’ on Broadway
Adrienne Warren is so good in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, such a fabulous force of musical nature, that any fan of Turner (actually, even if you’re not) should head to Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (booking to June 7, 2020) and prepare to be ecstatically blown away.
From Deadline: Love For Broadway’s Newest Star’s Got A Lot To Do With It
There’s a terrific YouTube clip of Janis Joplin, resplendent in a 1969 splash of crimson, purple and gold, trying to explain to a square Dick Cavett why Tina Turner is her favorite singer, “the best chick ever.” The Ike and Tina Turner Revue, Joplin continues, includes Ike “her husband and bandleader.” But, Janis makes clear, “Tina’s the show.”
I can’t think of a better description for Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, opening tonight at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. An unsurprising by-the-books book, plenty of one-dimensional side characters – including that husband and bandleader – and the sort of expository dialogue done somewhat better than most jukebox musicals, but not enough.
From The Hollywood Reporter: Tina, The Tina Turner Musical Review
It’s thrilling stuff, and a credit to the creative team that we get entire songs, or close enough to them to be satisfying, unlike the all-too-common jukebox-musical preference for choppy fragments. And Van Laast’s take on the women’s furious go-go moves deftly builds a bridge between the unrestrained style of the original untrained dancers and the more disciplined athleticism of contemporary Broadway pros.
From The New York Times: The ‘Tina’ Musical Is One Inch Deep, Mountain High
More important, as far as pure entertainment is concerned, this story comes with songs that can thrill an audience when rendered as Turner sang them; at this, the musical “Tina,” directed by Phyllida Lloyd, happily succeeds. In a performance that is part possession, part workout and part wig, Adrienne Warren rocks the rafters and dissolves your doubts about anyone daring to step into the diva’s high heels.
From Rolling Stone: A Star is Born in TINA, The Musical
Tina Turner is a star, and so is Adrienne Warren, who unleashes something volcanic from within herself while channeling the Queen of Rock & Roll. Though Warren shines consistently, the vehicle for her bright performance, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, hits several road bumps while charting the icon’s life from childhood through her Eighties comeback.
From Variety: TINA The Musical Review
I’d say he nailed it. Call “Tina” a jukebox musical or a bio-musical or anything you want to call it, but above all, this is one fine specimen in the best showbiz tradition of the Great Big Broadway Musical. The music is fantastic, the staging is deluxe, the central figure is a cultural icon and the lead performer, Adrienne Warren, is sensational.
From The Washington Post: As rock-star portrayals go, it doesn’t get any better than Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner
Any critical assessment of “Tina,” the new Broadway musical superheated by the sizzling essence of Tina Turner, begins and ends with another dazzling entity by the name of Adrienne Warren. Truly, all you need to know about this by-the-book jukebox show, which marked its official opening Thursday at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, has to do with Warren’s earth-moving gifts. Hers isn’t so much a performance as an eruption. Blessed with extraordinary pipes, restless grace and a star’s joy of center stage, Warren creates the impression of being as good a Tina Turner as, well, Tina Turner.