There’s just so many characters that I don’t give the tiniest shit about. So many scenes that don’t drive on the action. Infuriating, when there is clearly such a strong three act structure buried under all this nonsense (the rise of Ike and Tina Tina, the fall of Ike and Tina Turner, the rise of Tina Turner without Ike Turner).
Legs stretched, everyone settles back in for an uncomfortable second act.
At least this one is short.
There’s a shiver of anticipation through the audience as Nkeki Obi-Melekwe quotes Tuner's most famous lyric: what’s love got to do with it.
Is it coming? Are we getting the big number?
We are. Thank the theatre gods.
After that, things start to perk up. Big tunes! Big ambition! And even bigger hair! This is what we are all here for.
Over by the far wall, the ushers have all crept in to watch the finale. Either it’s an unmissable show, or something serious is about to kick off in the audience. Either way, I’m excited.
As Obi-Melekwe blazes out some bangers, a few people get to their feet to bop along. But they are spread out thin up here.
It’s a different matter in the stalls.
Front rowers stretch out their hands to Obi-Melekwe, and she obliges them by coming forward to grab them. You can feel the crackle of connection between them. Even from up here.
That’s where the real Tina Turner fans are sitting. They’re having great fun down there.
These are the people who wake up and pour their morning coffee into their Tina - The Tina Turner Musical mug. They'll walk the dog in their Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, twenty-five pound glitter t-shirt. They'll stick the kids' drawings on the fridge with their Tina - The Tina Turner Musical magnet.
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