Review: Soul Sister, Bill Kenwright Ltd, at the Ipswich Regent until May 18.
- Credit: Archant
Ike and Tina Turner’s life together was a rollercoaster, something this show embraces rather than shies away from.
Avoiding the tired tribute act route, it follows the music icons from their first meeting through their soaring careers and crumbling marriage.
It’s clear to see why the show – and lead actress Emi Wokoma especially – wowed the West End.
Full of heart and soul, clever choreography and mesmerising musical numbers, this is a great celebration of their impact on the music landscape.
Chris Tummings’ Ike is a conflicted genius, unable to conquer his demons and move with the times.
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The Ikettes and live band were superb. In fact the whole show – costumes, simple staging, etc – is put together really well.
Wokoma steals it, tearing up the stage with a beautifully balanced performance; embodying Tina’s power and vulnerability without ever straying into a shoulder shrugging impersonation.
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She’s barely off stage and has 24 vocally demanding songs – Tina’s not one for lullabies – to power through. There are all the hits, from It’s Gonna Work Out Fine to What’s Love Got To Do With It, and the whole audience were on their feet for the last few numbers.
Even if you’re not a Tina or Ike fan, their story is engaging and well told. If you like good music, that’s a bonus.