NEWS: Cast announced for Tina Turner musical ‘Soul Sister’


The full cast for the smash-hit UK tour of Soul Sister has been announced. The new musical inspired by the music, life and times of Ike and Tina Turner, was a sensation in the West End. The show will visit Liverpool Empire from 5-10 August 2013.

Taking on the role of Tina Turner is Jenny Fitzpatrick. Jenny’s numerous theatre credits include Nala in The Legend Of The Lion King (Paris); Ronette in Little Shop Of Horrors (Menier Chocolate Factory and Duke of York’s); Billie in Our House (Birmingham Rep and UK Tour); Mimi in a gala performance of Rent at the Garrick Theatre; Louise in Ghost (Manchester Opera House/Piccadilly Theatre); Angie in the Our House 10th Anniversary Concert (Savoy Theatre) and most recently Bluette in The Blues Brothers (UK tour). Television includes: Silent Witness, Eastenders, (both for the BBC) and Mi High (Kudos). As a screenwriter, Jenny’s first film Payback was released in cinemas nationwide in March 2012.

Playing the role of Ike Turner is Chris Tummings. Chris was a founder member of the Black Theatre Co-operative (BTC) that produced a large number of plays throughout the 1980’s, which toured the UK, Europe, the US and South Korea to critical acclaim. Chris also wrote and starred as a lead performer in the award winning stand up and comedy sketch show Get Up Stand Up. His other TV Credits include The Bill (ITV), Doctors (BBC), Holby City (BBC), and most recently Death In Paradise (BBC). Film credits includes; Burning An Illusion; Runners alongside Edward Fox and Water; a comedy starring Michael Caine in which he was one half of a double act with Billy Connolly.

Tina Turner is arguably one of music’s greatest ever live performance and recording artist ‘divas’, and was named “one of the greatest singers of all time” by Rolling Stone Magazine. With a career spanning over 50 years, her combined album and single sales total approximately 180 million copies worldwide. She has won 9 Grammy Awards, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, amongst many other accolades and honours.

On the role of Tina Turner, Jenny Fitzpatrick said: “Tina Turner has been one of the biggest musical influences in my life, probably since the first time I heard her singing River Deep Mountain High when I was a kid, so it’s an absolute dream to play her in Soul Sister.”

Soul Sister was devised and directed by John Miller and Pete Brooks. The musical supervisor and arranger is Keith Strachan and features all the classic Tina Turner hits including ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It’, ‘Proud Mary’, ‘Private Dancer’ ‘River Deep Mountain High’ and, of course, ‘Simply the Best’. The story follows the highs, lows, passions and heartbreak of Ike and Tina as their careers soared whilst their marriage crumbled, ultimately leading to Tina being catapulted to superstardom and heralded as one of the greatest solo artists of all time. Full of heart and soul, electrifying choreography, and stunning musical numbers, Soul Sister is sure to have you on your feet, partying the night away.

Soul Sister
Liverpool Empire Theatre
Mon 5 to Sat 10 August 2013
Mon- Sat eves 7.30pm
Wed & Sat Mats 2.30pm
Tickets from £10 available from Liverpool Empire Box Office, or 0844 871 3017, or www.atgtickets.com/liverpool 

 

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