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WHAT’S ON FEBRUARY: TEASER FOR NEW TINA TURNER PRODUCTION WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? COMING TO GLASGOW

The team behind a brand-new show celebrating the music of Tina Turner have released a video to showcase the exciting new production.

The debut tour of What’s Love Got To Do With It? launches in February 2019 promising to be the ultimate tribute show – with more than 50 dates already secured.

Finishing touches are now being put to the show, which stars Elesha Paul Moses (Whitney – Queen Of The Night, The Voice, The X Factor) as Tina Turner and showcases 50 years of hits.

Tickets are on sale now from www.cuffeandtaylor.com

What’s Love Got To Do With It? is presented by live music and theatre promoters Cuffe and Taylor. Director of Theatre Touring, Ben Hatton said: “We can’t wait for What’s Love Got To Do With It? to hit the stage across the UK in 2019 and 2020.

“This new clip of the show is a great teaser showing just how fantastic Elesha and the cast will be. We think she’s Simply The Best, and you will too.”

In this brand-new touring theatre show, audiences can expect a night of high energy, feel-good rock-and-roll featuring Tina’s greatest hits performed by the amazing vocal talent of Elesha Paul Moses (Whitney – Queen Of The Night, The Voice, X Factor) supported by a full 10-piece live band.

Speaking about playing Tina Turner, Elesha said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be touring the UK with What’s Love Got To Do With It? This is going to be a magnificent show and one that truly celebrates the incredible music and career of Tina Turner.

“Tina is a great persona to emulate on stage. I have performed as her many times over the years so to now be the lead in a show that will travel all over the UK and celebrate everything about her is an amazing opportunity and one I’m really looking forward to.”

In a breath-taking career spanning more than 50 years, audiences can look forward to hearing stunning musical arrangements of Tina’s most-loved classic hits including Private Dancer, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Proud Mary, River Deep, Nutbush City Limits, Simply The Best and many more. This not-to-be missed musical experience is a stunning celebration of one of the greatest female singers of our time.

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?  TOUR DATES 2019

February    

Wed 27th EDINBURGH, USHER HALL

Thu 28th GLASGOW, KING’S THEATRE

March   

Fri 1st ABERDEEN, MUSIC HALL

 

 

REVIEW: Soul Sister – King’s Theatre, Glasgow starring Emi Wokoma

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Now let’s be honest about this, jukebox musicals – and this is certainly one of them, exist to varying degrees of success. There are those created with wit and intelligence: Jersey Boys to name one; those which despite a fantastically successful catalogue of songs and an interesting back story are just plain awful – Monkee Business to name another; those which are more tribute act than stage musical and then there are those which don’t fit into any of these categories. Soul Sister is a hybrid, never becoming a fully-fledged “musical” and never descending into full-blown tribute act.

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The weak book, which incidentally is neither mentioned nor credited, does no justice to the real-life drama of the lives of its subjects: Ike and Tina Turner. Tina’s abuse both physical and mental at the hands of her Svengali-like husband and Ike’s tragic upbringing which set him on a path to destruction from the age of five are only really hinted at here. Although it must be credited that, unlike the hatchet job performed on Ike in the 1993 bio-pic What’s Love Got to do With It? An attempt is made to give at least some explanation of why Ike became the man he did. Despite the dramatic and well documented source material the audience is left to inject its own drama, knowing as we do the rocky road the pair traversed on their path to fame and fortune.

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That said, it really is the music that’s the star, from the gospel and blues beginnings, the soul years through rock and roll, to Tina’s reinvention as an 80’s pop star – the music just shines through.

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The on-stage band is utterly faultless, each to a man playing to perfection, The Ikettes, a gyrating blizzard of sequins and sparkle are the perfect foil for “Tina” and Chris Tummings as Ike manages to inject what drama he can with the material he has been given, to present an Ike who despite carrying out acts of unspeakable cruelty and violence still manages to retain the audience’s sympathy. But the star is undoubtedly Emi Wokoma as Tina. Mere words cannot do justice to the absolutely flawless performance she turns in. This is high octane from start to finish – she is on stage for virtually the whole of the two and a half hour show, never once does her effort or energy flag. Wokoma is committed to every line, every move and every note and it’s the sheer force of her talent that has nearly two thousand people to a man and woman, in this packed theatre on their feet, shouting the words to What’s Love Got to do With It, Addicted to Love and The Best (amongst others) for the last 20 minutes of the performance. Wokoma is an absolute star and for that alone I urge you to get a ticket and see her before she goes on to bigger things.

Soul Sister runs at The King’s Theatre Glasgow until Saturday 19th January.