Soul Sister at Milton Keynes Theatre - Review

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THE life and music of Ike and Tina Turner is celebrated in this musical which will have you dancing in the aisles at the end of the performance.

Portraying many of the classic hits inlcuidng River Deep, Mountain High, Proud Mary, What’s Love Gotta Do With It and The Best, it tells the journey of Tina from Nutbush right the way to the top and telling the often troubled relationship she had with Ike.

I wasn’t aware of much of the history between the two, so a lot of the material was new to me.

It is an incredible performance from Emi Wokoma, pictured right, portraying the role of Tina. She starts off as a timid little girl who has never been in the big city and then her transformation into the queen of soul through the music is captivating from start to finish.

Chris Tummings plays the thoroughly unlikeable Ike to perfection and the band are note perfect throughout.

If I have a criticism, it’s that the tempestuous relationship with Ike could have been explored in more detail. While the personal circumstances are touched upon, they almost feel like a token of the performance. In a way, this feels like a celebration of their music and quite a romantic portrayal of Tina.

But given the influence that she has had even in today’s music scene and there is nothing wrong with celebrating the music of a star.

Review by Steve Mills

Soul Sister will be performed until Saturday. For tickets, call the box office on 0844 871 7652 or www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes.