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New cast announced for Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

Aisha Jawando and Jammy Kasongo. Photo credit: Dan Kennedy.

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AISHA Jawando and Jammy Kasongo will lead the cast as Tina and Ike in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical as the hit production enters its third year in the West End.

Joining them and making her West End debut is Chanel Haynes as the alternate Tina.

Based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, over 200,000 new tickets are now on sale for the production which is booking at the Aldwych Theatre to January 23, 2021.

Having originally played Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, Aisha Jawando who has been with the company since its world premiere in Spring 2018, will continue in the title role. Jammy Kasongo, who also was a member of the original company and then played the roles of Richard and Raymond, steps up to play the role of Ike.

Aisha Jawando’s London theatre credits include the title role in Cinderella (Hackney Empire), The Life (Southwark Playhouse), Martha Reeves in the original London cast of Motown The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre), Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre), The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre), Fela (National Theatre), The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre) and Soul Sister (Savoy Theatre).

Jammy Kasongo’s other theatre credits include Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse), Beautiful – The Carol King Musical (Aldwych Theatre) and Hair (The Vaults).

Chanel Haynes was discovered by Quincy Jones while she was still a teenager and went on to become an original member and lead singer of the New Orleans-based group Trin-i-tee 5:7 selling over 2.5million albums worldwide and earning two Grammy nominations. At the 2008 Grammy Awards, she was part of the line-up with her band Trin-i-tee 5:7, which also included performances from Tina Turner, Beyoncé and Aretha Franklin.

Haynes made her musical theatre debut in 2014 at the Zach Theatre in Austin, Texas, where, in 2018, she won the B. Iden Payne Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

As well as the above, the full cast from March 17, 2020 includes Joe Evans as Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten, Irene Myrtle Forrester as Tina’s Grandmother GG, Francesca Jackson as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, Matt Mills as Tina’s father Richard Bullock, Posi Morakinyo as Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, Garmon Rhys as Tina’s Manager Roger Davies, Joseph Richardson as record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach and Lucy Vardi as Tina’s mother Zelma.

Ensemble members are Lori Barker and Daniella Bowen, Chris Grahamson who plays Carpenter, Paul Mukembo who plays Tina’s son Craig and Alex Okoampa who plays Tina’s son Ronnie. The Ikette’s are played by Samara Casteallo, Mia Musak and Anu Ogunmefun and swings are Derek Aidoo, Joshua Da Costa, Livvy Evans, Raquel Jones, DeeArna McLean, Saran Webb, Samuel J Weir and Michael Woolston-Thomas.

The children’s cast comprises Love-Joy Bacelar, Perola Da Cunha and Tia Murrell, who share the role of Young Anna Mae; Eden Anthony, Aurelia Hunt and Naniyah Owusu, who share the role of Young Alline; and Romell Barrocks-Bedeau, Iesa Miller and Rojae Simpson, who share the role of Young Craig.

Image: Aisha Jawando and Jammy Kasongo. Photo credit: Dan Kennedy.