Simply the best. Tina Turner made a rare public appearance in New York City on Thursday (Nov. 7), for the Broadway premiere of the musical based on her life.
Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Tiffany Haddish, Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King and more joined the music legend for the U.S. premiere of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
Starring Tony-Award nominated actress Adrienne Warren, Tina follows Turner’s story from “humble beginnings in Nuttbush, Tenn., to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll.” Skye Turner portrays the Grammy winner as a child, while Nkeki Obi-Melekwe plays her as an adult Turner for select performances.
The cast also includes Dr. Dawn Lewis, best known for A Different World and Hanging With Mr. Cooper, Daniel J. Watts, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Steven Booth, Nick Rashad Burroughs, Gerald Caesar, Holli’ Conway, Kayla Davion, Leandra Ellis-Gaston, and Charlie Franklin.
Turner, who has lived in Sweden for the last several years, took the stage at the end of the musical to thank the audience and the cast. “This musical is my life but it’s like poison that turned to medicine. I can never be as happy as I am now,” Turner gushed before sharing a hug with Warren. “Thank God for her.”
The production, which is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Katori Hall, Kees Prins and Frank Ketelaar, features “Private Dancer”, “(Simply) The Best,” “River Deep Mountain High,” and a slate of other classics from Turner’s music catalog.
See photos from opening night below.