Final casting announced for the second-year West End company of TINA – The Tina Turner Musical
| By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels
Full casting for the second year of TINA – The Tina Turner Musical has been announced. The sensational West End production based on the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll is currently booking at the Aldwych Theatre until 21 December 2019 in an open-ended run.
Full cast confirmed for TINA's second year in London's West End
Beginning 15 April 2019 and following the sad departure of American actress Adrienne Warren, who will transfer to the Broadway production, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe is set to lead the show as Tina Turner in her West End debut opposite Ashley Zhangazha as Ike Turner.
Joining the new pair will be Aisha Jawando as Tina for certain performances every week, Ava Brennan as Alline Bullock, Tina's sister, Edward Bourne as Erwin Bach, Tina's record label marketing manager, Francesca Jackson as both Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Howard Gossington as both Lyricist Terry Britten and Record Producer Phil Spector, Irene-Myrtle Forrester as Tina’s Grandmother, GG, Jammy Kasongo as both Richard Bullock, Tina's father, and Raymond Hill, Tina's first love, Maria Omakinwa as Zelma, Tina's mother, and Oscar Batterham as Roger Davies, Tina's manager.
Starring in the ensemble are Ashlee Irish as Tina’s son Ronnie, Cameron Bernard Jones, who also plays Tina’s son Craig, Chloe Chambers, Daniella Bowen, Jayme-Lee Zanoncelli, Joelle Dyson, Joseph Richardson, Kibong Tanji, and Lejaun Sheppard. Swings include Amandla Elynah, Angela Marie Hurst, Derek Aidoo, Gavin Alex, Hannah Jay-Allan, Joshua Da Costa, Leisha Mollyneaux, and Samuel J. Weir.
Starring in the children's cast are Athea Andi (age 11) from Richmond upon Thames, Navaeah Hoath (age 11) from Bromley, and Fayth Ifil (age 11) from Swindon sharing the role of Young Anna Mae, Perola Da Cunha (age 11) from Hackney, Jasmine Djazel (age 9) from Wandsworth, and Teri Ofon (age 12) from Surrey sharing the role of Young Alline, and last but not least, Romell Barrocks-Bedeau (age 9) from Lamberth, Riotafari Gardner (age 8) from Brent, and Myles Grant (age 8) from Hertfordshire sharing the role of Young Craig.
The Tina Turner Musical Original London Cast Recording now available!
In other TINA news, the critically acclaimed musical just released the full album for TINA - The Tina Turner Musical Original London Cast Recording for streaming and digital download today, 29 March 2019. Physical CD copies are expected to be released at some point later this spring. Featuring the fabulous voice of Adrienne Warren, the album recently just issued its second single, 'The Hunter' featuring Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.
'The Hunter' was first recorded in the 1960s by Tina and Ike Turner and earned Tina her first Grammy nomination in the R&B vocal performance category. The new rendition of 'The Hunter' for the original cast album was recorded with a vintage quality that transports listeners onto a never-before-heard audial journey back in time when the first rock 'n' roll gigs were more raw-sounding. In the musical itself, the song is performed by Ike Turner's character and The Kings of Rhythm live in St. Louis's Club Manhattan in order to better paint Ike as the creator of the 'sound of tomorrow.'
The Original Cast Album for TINA was recorded in February 2019 at Angel Studios in London and was produced by Nicholas Skilbeck, Kurt Deutsch and Tom Kelly.
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