Simply the best! Tina – The Tina Turner Musical today announced new casting for the critically acclaimed production based on the life of the legendary Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Aisha Jawando and new cast member Elesha Paul Moses will be sharing the iconic role of Tina, with Caleb Roberts joining to play Ike.
Rehearsals are now underway for the new Company, who will soon be raising the roof at the Aldwych Theatre from 29 June 2022, currently booking to 18 December 2022. The critically acclaimed production is produced in association with Tina Turner herself. It received its world premiere in April 2018 in London and subsequently broke all Box Office records at the Aldwych Theatre.
Paula Kay joins to play Tina’s mother Zelma, Charis Alexandra joins as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, George Jennings joins as Tina’s Manager Roger Davies, Irene Myrtle Forrester continues as Tina’s Grandmother, previous ensemble member Kelly Hampson will now play Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Gregory Haney will now play Tina’s father Richard Bullock, Cordell Mosteller joins as Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, ensemble member Chris Grahamson will now play Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten and Joseph Richardson continues as record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach.
Ensemble members are Megan Armstrong and Vanessa Dumatey, Thomas Sutcliffe who plays Carpenter, Turrell Barrett-Wallace who plays Tina’s son Ronnie and Joey James plays Tina’s son Craig, the Ikettes are played by Karis Anderson, Marie Finlayson and Natorii Illidge and swings are Lauren Allan, Richard Appiah-Sarpong, Joshua Da Costa, Miles Anthony Daley, Livvy Evans, Imogen Rose Hart, Jaz Robinson, Brad Veitch, Saran Webb and Samuel J Weir.
Final adult and children’s casting will be announced at a later date.
As well as playing the title role of Tina, Aisha Jawando’s London theatre credits include the title role in Cinderella at the Hackney Empire, The Life at Southwark Playhouse, Martha Reeves in the original London cast of Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Fela at the National Theatre, The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre and Soul Sister at the Savoy Theatre.
Elesha Paul Moses has had a career in the music industry for over 25 years. She was mentored by Matthew Knowles, as well as Will.I.Am and Tom Jones while appearing on X Factor. She has written and performed with the likes of house production duo Ku De Ta, superstar Lionel Richie and industry steadfast Nicky Graham and has backed Andy Abraham on his Eurovision performance. She is currently leading the two touring shows Whitney: Queen Of The Night and Tina: What’s Love Got To Do With It and has recently completed a successful tour in Denmark.
Caleb Roberts studied at The Brit School and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2017. He made his professional debut playing The King of France opposite Sir Ian McKellen in King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End. His other theatre credits include Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre for which he won a Black British Theatre Award; I Think We Are Alone for Frantic Assembly, She Ventures and He Wins for the Young Vic Theatre and Richard III for Headlong. His television and film credits include Stephen Frears’ A Very English Scandal and Petrichor.