On the Indestructibility of Tina Turner

Adrienne Warren in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Manuel Harlan)
A new Broadway musical of her life is about much more than the songs.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE B roadway’s jukebox musicals generally lure us with the promise of lots of beloved radio hits. If the story is interesting, it’s a bonus. Jersey Boys and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical turned out to have surprising and fascinating stories to offer on top of a gold mine of great songs. With Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, the formula is reversed: We all know her personal story, and it’s tremendously inspiring. Yet her song catalogue is thin, and she wrote very little of it. She had only a few early soul hits, with her impresario-abuser-husband Ike Turner, then enjoyed her biggest


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