Tina: The Tina Turner Musical announces 2019 West End cast
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical has announced its full casting for its second year.
Tina is a musical based on the life and legendary music of international recording artist Tina Turner. The show is currently playing at the Aldwych Theatre, booking through to 21 December 2019.
A new cast will start performances from Monday, April 15th, 2019.
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe will make her West End debut as she leads the cast in the title role with Ashley Zhangazha as Ike Turner.
Obi-Melekwe said: “I am beyond excited! To be coming to London to join the West End community is one thing, but to be taking on this extraordinary role is something else.”
Joining them will be Maria Omakinwa as Tina’s mother Zelma, Aisha Jawando as alternate Tina at certain performances, Irene-Myrtle Forrester as Gran Georgeanna, Howard Gossington as Phil Spector/Terry Britten, Francesca Jackson as Rhond, Ava Brennan as Alline, Jammy Kasongo as Richard/Raymon, Edward Bourne as Erwin Bach and Oscar Batterham as Roger.
Making up the ensemble are Daniella Bowen, Chloe Chambers, Joelle Dyson, Lejaun Sheppard, Kibong Tanji, Jayme-Lee Zanoncelli, Cameron Bernard Jones (Craig) and Ashlee Irish (Ronnie) and Joseph Richardson, and swings Gavin Alex, Derek Aidoo, Joshua Da Costa, Amandla Elynah, Hannah Jay-Allan, Angela Marie Hurst, Leisha Mollyneaux and Samuel J. Weir.
Meanwhile, the new children’s cast sees Athea Andi, Navaeah Hoath, and Fayth Ifil share the role of Young Anna Mae; Perola Da Cunha, Jasmine Djazel and Teri Ofon share the role of Young Alline; Romell Barrocks-Bedeau, Riotafari Gardner, and Myles Grant share the role of Young Craig.
It was previously announced that Adrienne Warren, who has been nominated for an Olivier Award for originating the role of Tina in the West End, will reprise her role on Broadway.
The show is set to transfer to New York in the autumn, with exact dates and venues still to be confirmed.
Warren said: “Working on this show has been a life-changing experience for me. Tina’s unshakable courage, grace and determination have been our constant inspiration, and I am honored to have had the opportunity to be part of this telling of her story.
“It has been an amazing year in London, working with the incredible Phyllida Lloyd, Katori Hall and the creative team, in a city that has welcomed me with open arms. Returning home to Broadway, in this role and in this show, is a dream come true.”
Warren is scheduled to play her final show in the West End company on April 13.