Kristina Love, who played the title role in the Hamburg, Germany, production of Tina—The Tina Turner Musical, joins the West End production of the hit musical October 12 at the Aldwych Theatre.
The Ohio-born Love, also seen in the German productions of Dirty Dancing, Rocky the Musical, and Aladdin, shares the title role with Elesha Paul Moses. Caleb Roberts continues as Ike Turner.
The musical is currently selling tickets through September 3, 2023.
Love said in a recent statement, “I am so excited and humbled to revisit such a wonderful role, having previously played Tina in the Hamburg production. After having met her on my birthday in 2018, performing with her and receiving her blessing at the Hamburg opening, I count it a great honor to be entrusted with performing her life story. I am grateful to be continuing my Tina journey at the same time as making my West End debut, and I can’t wait to join such an amazing and talented cast at the Aldwych Theatre.”
The London company also features Paula Kay as Tina’s mother Zelma Bullock, Charis Alexandra as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, George Jennings as Tina’s manager Roger Davies, Irene Myrtle Forrester as Tina’s grandmother, Kelly Hampson as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Gregory Haney as Tina’s father Richard Bullock, Cordell Mosteller as Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, Chris Grahamson as record producer Phil Spector and lyricist Terry Britten, and Joseph Richardson as record company marketing manager Erwin Bach.
Based on the life of Grammy winner Tina Turner and produced in association with Turner, Tina—The Tina Turner Musical received its world premiere in April 2018 at the Aldwych Theatre. The Broadway production opened in 2019 and played its final performance at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre August 14.
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Pulitzer Prize winner Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, the musical is choreographed by Anthony van Laast with set and costume designs by Mark Thompson, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Jeff Sugg, and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.