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Chaka Khan musical sets its sights on the West End

A new jukebox musical telling the life of Chaka Khan is in the works.

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I’m Every Woman – The Chaka Khan Musical will be workshopped in November ahead of plans for a West End bow.

With a book by Tina Andrews, the musical will be directed by Racky Plews and with Ian Oakley as musical director. Endorsed by Khan, it will feature her hit songs including Ain’t Nobody, I Feel For You and Through The Fire.

I’m Every Woman depicts Chaka’s life from her time in the Black Panther party to lead singer of the band, Rufus, onto the iconic award-winning solo artist, who has sold more than 70 million records with hits such as I Feel For You, Ain’t Nobody, This Is My Night and Eye to Eye.

Appearing in the cast of the workshop are Karen Mavundukure, Jordan Frazier, Amarra Smith, Alistair Toovey, Ashley Samuels and Anelisa Lamola.

Further details on the plans are to be announced.

Khan said: “London has a very special place in my heart and I’m honoured that my life and music will be celebrated on a West End stage. Working with such a talented team – producer Adrian Grant, writer Tina Andrews and director Racky Plews on my life story is really dream come true.”

Producer Adrian Grant, who previously helmed Thriller Live in the West End, said: “I’m thrilled to be producing a theatrical stage musical about the life of Chaka Khan. She has been an icon across many genres and decades, but I grew up in the 80s, and songs such as “Ain’t Nobody” and “I Feel For You” created an everlasting cultural imprint that will form a part of this show, with electric choreography and vocals that blow the roof off!

“We have an amazing creative team, and Tina (Andrews) and Chaka, who both hail from Chicago, have formed a great bond during the writing process. There’s a long way to go, but every day I wake up excited with the possibilities that lay ahead!”

For more information, visit imeverywomanmusical.com

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.