Review Round-up: Heads Tina-Turning for Wokoma's Soul Sister
Tina Turner jukebox musical Soul Sister opened to press last week (23 August) at the Savoy Theatre. Weaving Tina's greatest hits into the story of her metoeric pop career, and disastrous relationship with Ike Turner, the show stars Emi Wokoma and Chris Tummings in the lead roles.
The show runs until 29 September.
The words "a star is born" can be hazardous, but Emi Wokoma, who plays Tina Turner in this "bio-musical", is blessed with star quality and a voice that's rawly emotional yet also regal... Wokoma can certainly model a little sparkly dress, and it's clear she has carefully studied Turner's mannerisms and facial expressions... As the philandering and sometimes violent Ike, Chris Tummings has the right mix of cockiness and paranoia. But Wokoma aside, the band impresses most: Sean Green's six-piece is tight and funky... The script, by John Miller and Pete Brooks, is workmanlike. There are moments of pathos, but the exposition judders along... As jukebox musicals go, Soul Sister is meaty. Yet the story never soars.