Could biographical musicals attract audience?
This one surely did. People love talking about themselves. What else could explain the ever increasing influx of auto-biographies at the front display stands of the book shops? Not all of them, but maybe some of them could be used to create musicals, based on stories, told by the main characters and sung by different actors.
P.S. Tina Turner was on BBC Breakfast just this morning, announcing her second auto-biography book.
Aldwych Theatre is in the Nederlander Theatres, covered in my Dominion Theatre post.
Aldwych Theatre was constructed in 1905 as a pair to the Novello Theatre. Aldwych was commissioned by British actor-manager and producer Seymour Hicks, who often appeared on stage in the early days of the theatre in musical comedies. Between 1923 and 1933 Aldwych became renown for its series of twelve farces, known as “The Aldwych Farces”, most of which were written by Ben Travers. In the mid 1930s, the ownership of the theatre passed to the Abrahams family for the next 25 years. The 1940s saw many successful production of plays starring some of the well-known British actors of that period. In 1960, The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) took over the Aldwych for the next twenty-one years, until moving to Barbican Arts Centre in 1982. The theatre was sold to the Nederlander group immediately afterwards. Since the departure of RSC, Aldwych has hosted a mixture of plays, comedies and musical theatre productions.
Interesting fact: In 1949 Laurence Olivier directed the first London production of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire starring Vivien Leigh as Blanche Dubois. Later, Vivien Leigh won an Academy Award for this part in the screen version of the play.
The musical tells the life story of the world renown artist, Tina Turner from her childhood in Nutbush, Tennessee to her performing as a Rock ‘n’ Roll queen at a stadium full of people.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical has been in development by Stage Entertainment since 2016. The musical premiered at Aldwych in March, 2018. It was announced on October 3, 2018 that the show will open on Broadway in Fall 2019.
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Producer: Stage Entertainment, Joop Van Den Ende, Tali Pelman
Casting: Pippa Ailion Casting
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The musical held open auditions in January 2018 and current cast are contracted until March 2019. Stay tuned for the announcements, maybe there will be open calls in the beginning of 2019.
Bought my ticket from Nederlander website. £35 for a back row seat in the grand circle. The view was good; had to lean forward couple of times not to miss few seconds of a scene on the front edge of the stage.
Running time is 2 hours 40 minutes
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