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TINA Previews #1
Posted: 10/11/19 at 10:58am
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TINA Previews #2
Posted: 10/11/19 at 11:21am

Adrienne Warren is one helluva performer- this could be a superstar turn for her- she absolutely burned the stage with her energy in London. Can't wait to hear how she fares in NYC. She is an amazing talent. The last time I saw a performance like that was Fela- the guy who played that role was phenomenal- but his career did not seem to ignite. Hoping for a different scenario for Warren- hope she gets the recognition I think she deserves.

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TINA Previews #3
Posted: 10/11/19 at 12:09pm
Amazing performance in an Insanely mediocre show. It’ll be interesting to see how this one is received over here.
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TINA Previews #4
Posted: 10/11/19 at 12:25pm
My friend said it was “meh” in London, but it’s still playing and seems to be doing well. I like the branding & advertising so I’m curious to see it.
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TINA Previews #5
Posted: 10/11/19 at 12:29pm
Just saw this in London last week and although Adrienne had obviously left the production, I agree with Jordan, an insanely mediocre show. Especially interested to hear what people think of the book which I was surprised was so weak given Katori Hall had written it...
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TINA Previews #6
Posted: 10/11/19 at 2:42pm

Friends saw it in London when it first opened and loved it.

The website says the first preview is tomorrow night, the 12th. Is there an invited dress tonight?

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TINA Previews #7
Posted: 10/11/19 at 2:47pm

uncageg said: 
The website says the first preview is tomorrow night, the 12th. Is there an invited dress tonight?"

Yes. 

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TINA Previews #8
Posted: 10/11/19 at 3:59pm

My opinion-but is is not mediocre at all for being a musical biography of a rock star. It deals with all of the aspects of Tina's life- and the soundtrack is basically her Greatest Hits. I do not find jukebox musicals generally to be all that great- though I did love Beautiful- the only one i really loved- that being said- Tina is exactly what it sets out to be- not intellectually stimulating or groundbreaking- but simply a musical biography of an icon in the show biz realm- and it does succeed on that level, IMO. 

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TINA Previews #9
Posted: 10/11/19 at 4:16pm
Seeing this next month and really looking forward to it. I hear the first act finale features a great scene for Warren. Interested in comments from those attending previews!
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TINA Previews #10
Posted: 10/11/19 at 5:32pm
My cousin is going this weekend! She’s a frequent theatre goer, sees probably 10+ shows a season. I’ll post her thoughts! I believe she’s attending first preview.
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TINA Previews #11
Posted: 10/11/19 at 5:44pm
As someone who has only really enjoyed thoroughly two jukebox musicals, being American idiot which I loved with the original cast and liking Mamma Mia well enough(Jersey Boys has great music but disappointing book, IMHO) until this season, I’m surprised my favorite show of my just concluded 8 show trip (not counting concerts) was Moulin Rouge! And now I’m excited for Tina, Jagged Little Pill, and Girl from the North Country.
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TINA Previews #12
Posted: 10/11/19 at 7:09pm
If anybody has an extra ticket for tomorrow evenings performance, please let me know! I’m dying to be there!!
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TINA Previews #13
Posted: 10/11/19 at 7:50pm

One thing I can assure anyone seeing this- Adrienne Warren's performance is absolutely amazing and more that worth the price of admission. A very entertaining show- I strongly recommend it to anyone who loves Tina music. If you are not a Tina fan- not so sure you would love it. I always loved her music, her energy and especially her dancing. The choreography is very TINA- one of a kind.

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TINA Previews #14
Posted: 10/12/19 at 12:32am

I saw the dress rehearsal and it’s not a great show. Too many filler songs and the narrative is a mess. A few dropped props and some costume issues but a pretty amazing go at it considering they hadn’t run the whole show at all beforehand.


Adrienne Warren is good- when you can understand what she’s saying. She’s unintelligible for most of it. But still, it’s a true star performance and she will win the Tony.
 

It will be very interesting to see how this fares after the recent  slew of flop jukebox shows.

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TINA Previews #15
Posted: 10/12/19 at 12:43am

Agree with most comments...saw her do it in London. She was amazing, the show not so much...

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TINA Previews #16
Posted: 10/12/19 at 7:18am
It makes me sad to hear the book is a travesty because of all the musical artists who could be worthy of a bio musical, I feel like she would be toward the top of the list in terms of an interesting life without having to manufacture much in the way of drama. (My point of reference being her Oscar-nominated biopic)
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TINA Previews #17
Posted: 10/12/19 at 7:21am
Before everyone just gives her the Tony, remember that “Caroline or Change” is also opening this season and there might be a lot of people wanting to right a past wrong with that one.
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TINA Previews #18
Posted: 10/12/19 at 7:39am

Plus Company, too. In fact Warren already lost the Olivier to Clarke and I would give the Tony to Clarke too. Anyway, maybe I’m pessimistic but Tina is exactly what you’d expect - a kind of cookie cutter jukebox musical with all the cliche twists and turns you could expect. Cheap humour. Tenuous use of songs. Melodrama etc. but combine this with these classic songs, the interesting if cliche story and amazing amazing star turn, I personally don’t need much more. It was hard to believe I was hearing what I was hearing from her vocals at times. It’s on a whole new level. Has she still got it?

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TINA Previews #19
Posted: 10/12/19 at 10:03am

jvoom said: "Especially interested to hear what people think of the book which I was surprised was so weak given Katori Hall had written it..."

I saw several of her works at the Signature during her residency there and found them to be thoroughly mediocre and hackneyed. So I'm not surprised at all. 

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TINA Previews #20
Posted: 10/12/19 at 5:25pm

Adrienne Warren is good- when you can understand what she’s saying. She’s unintelligible for most of it. But still, it’s a true star performance and she will win the Tony.

She gives an incredible performance but I sincerely doubt she will WIN the Tony. 

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TINA Previews #21
Posted: 10/12/19 at 10:06pm
Unfortunately, Adrienne has possibly lost her shot at the Tony after the woman from CoC was announced with the transfer.

Planning on seeing this next year, going to see this for Adrienne! She’s amazing in the footage. Just wish her Oliver-winning co-star transferred with her
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TINA Previews #22
Posted: 10/13/19 at 6:29am

As far as jukebox and bio musicals go, I think it’s safe to say that TINA is one of the more solid and respectable efforts. That being said, TINA also has one of the chronic problems that all musicals of this genre have which is a (sometimes) weak book.

I say sometimes because there really are quite a few great moments in the book, especially in the second act. However, for all these great moments, there are also a plethora of slow and creaky moments. I found TINA to be most successful and its best when it was exploring the darker and more challenging areas of Tina Turner’s life. The show does not shy away from the abuse, addiction, and brutal challenges she faced. It is refreshing to see a bio musical that actually delves into and shows the dark struggles and challenges instead of simply glossing over them. 

There are no gimmicks in the storytelling here. It is very straightforward. Luckily there are no three Tinas sharing the stage talking to each other like in the last two diva bio musicals we saw! In terms of structure, the show is very similar to Beautiful in that is linear, but I found Tina Turner’s life to be much more interesting than Carole King’s.

Adrienne Warren is giving an absolute knockout powerhouse performance. Her acting, vocals, and physicality are incredible and worth the price of a ticket alone. This has to be one of the most demanding roles on Broadway in a long time, but she effortlessly delivers on every front. She is onstage 90% of the show, and she is definitely the heart and soul of the show.

At the end of the night, there is no denying that this show is wildly entertaining despite suffering from a sometimes weak book. The music is (obviously) sensational, and the audience went nuts for this. With Beautiful closing in a few weeks, I think it is safe to say that this will be the next multiyear run jukebox musical. 

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TINA Previews #23
Posted: 10/13/19 at 11:29am

disneybroadwayfan22 said: "Unfortunately, Adrienne has possibly lost her shot at the Tony after the woman from CoC was announced with the transfer.

Planning on seeing this next year, going to see this for Adrienne! She’s amazing in the footage. Just wish her Oliver-winning co-star transferred with her
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I thought the actor who played Ike was...not good. I was shocked he won the Olivier. He was one-note evil.  Part of my problem with Tina is that you get absolutely no sense of Ike as a charmer - this version has no redeeming values.  Now, that may be more accurate since he is dead and can't complain or threaten suit based on how he is presented - or it could be less accurate.  Also, the actor's accent was atrocious and hard to understand in London.  And, I'm from St. Louis!

I thought one of the stronger scenes in London was the recording session with Spector for River Deep Mountain High. 

One of the weaknesses in the book (in London) is the on again - off again treatment of Tina's sons.  They seemed more of a plot device - to create problems for Tina to overcome.  But, the relationships just sort of there - and then forgotten.

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TINA Previews #24
Posted: 10/13/19 at 11:00pm

I’m not a fan of biopic musicals, but I saw this in London and for me, this is the gold standard by which biopic musicals should be judged. (That’s a low bar, but...) 

I didn’t understand why this was being made into a musical when WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT, told the Ike and Tina story so thoroughly, but after having seen the show, I immediately understood. There was a lot more to Turner’s story than what the movie covered. Unlike JERSEY BOYS or BEAUTIFUL, the thing I appreciated about this was that the stakes of Turner’s story were undeniable. They were life and death. Not boo Hoo, somebody broke my heart (Yes, that meant as hyperbole.)

While I thought Bassett’s performance was amazing in the movie, I think Warren’s perf is in a whole other league. I saw CAROLINE & COMPANY in London, but this was the performance that stood out to me. 

The show’s not perfect. It’s still got the standard biopic trappings, but for my money, this is worlds better than any other show from that genre I’ve seen onstage in a while. I’m curious to see how audiences here will react to it. 

 

ggersten said: "disneybroadwayfan22 said: "Unfortunately, Adrienne has possibly lost her shot at the Tony after the woman from CoC was announced with the transfer.

Planning on seeing this next year, going to see this for Adrienne! She’s amazing in the footage. Just wish her Oliver-winning co-star transferred with her
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I thought the actor who played Ike was...not good. I was shocked he won the Olivier. He was one-note evil. Part of my problem with Tina is that you get absolutely no sense of Ike as a charmer - this version has no redeeming values. Now, that may be more accurate since he is dead and can't complain or threaten suit based on how he is presented - or it could be less accurate. Also, the actor's accent was atrocious and hard to understand in London. And, I'm from St. Louis!

I thought one of the stronger scenes in London was the recording session with Spector for River Deep Mountain High.

One of the weaknesses in the book (in London) is the on again - off again treatment of Tina's sons. They seemed more of a plot device - to create problems for Tina to overcome. But, the relationships just sort of there - and then forgotten.
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TINA Previews #25
Posted: 10/14/19 at 11:57am

I'm starting to regret having purchased tickets to this. We saw the Donna Summer musical and were seriously disappointed; please tell me Tina is better than that. 

Does the title character narrate the story here as The Donnas did in the Summer musical (I sincerely hope not)?

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