The West End production of Tina, the new musical about the life of rock icon Tina Turner, will hold open auditions January 13 for the opportunity to portray Anna Mae, the 11-year-old Tina Turner.
The company is looking for black and mixed-race girls between the ages of nine and twelve years old, under 4’10” with good acting skills and singing voice.
Pippa Ailion, the casting director, said in a statement, “Our musical tracks the life of music legend Tina Turner from humble beginnings in Nutbush, and we are looking to meet with young and talented girls to play the role of Tina in her formative years. If you are black or mixed race, can act and have a fantastic singing voice we want to meet you!”
Open auditions will take place at the National Youth Theatre Rehearsal Rooms (443-445 Holloway Road, London, N7 6LW). Registration will begin at 10:30 AM with auditions commencing at 11 AM. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The world premiere of Tina will begin previews March 21 prior to an official opening in April at the Aldwych Theatre. The new musical is directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins.
Tony nominee Adrienne Warren will star in the title role, with Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike Turner, Madeline Appiah as Tina’s mother Zelma Bullock, Lorna Gayle as Tina’s Grandmother GG, Tom Godwin as record producer Phil Spector and lyricist Terry Britten, Francesca Jackson as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Aisha Jawando as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, Natey Jones as Tina’s father Richard Bullock and Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, Gerard McCarthy as record company marketing manager Erwin Bach, and Ryan O’Donnell as Tina’s manager Roger Davies.
Jenny Fitzpatrick will take on the title role at select performances.
They are joined by ensemble members Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Keisher Downie, Kit Esuruoso who also plays Tina’s son Craig Hill, Jammy Kasongo, Sia Kiwa, Jason Langley, Kayleigh McKnight, Baker Mukasa and Tanisha Spring and swings Derek Aidoo, Gavin Alex, Edward Bourne, Candace Furbert, Hannah Jay-Allan, and Rodney Vubya.
The musical will also feature choreography by Anthony van Laast, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Nevin Steinberg, and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.
Tina is produced by Stage Entertainment, Joop van den Ende and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner.