Reviewer: Carol Lovatt
Tina Turner, recreated so beautifully in the show Totally Tina and starring the exceptionally talented Justine Riddoch, arrived at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre with a truly heart-thumping offering jam-packed full of the energy and vibrancy so associated with the powerhouse American diva.
The night promised to be a performance where the music was the star and it delivered big-style on both content and wow factor with a multitude of hits galore, all of which seemed as timeless and potent as ever and which Riddoch delivered to perfection. In fact, it was hard to believe at times that the real Tina herself wasn’t on the stage on a cold night in Crewe as the authenticity of the show was just so convincing. Riddoch sounds like Tina, looks like Tina and portrays her with an accuracy that is memorable.
Tina Turner is the ultimate Queen of Rock, as a singer and a woman. With a well-documented successful yet often turbulent life, she has become an inspiration for many because she has battled difficulties yet transcended them with style and determination. Most importantly, the real Tina is a person who can touch people through her music and emotion and this has undoubtedly been part of the reason for her long-standing and phenomenal success.
Totally Tina brings a whole load of the thrill and magic and fun banter of a Tina Turner concert to audiences far and wide and, in doing so, keeps the popularity of the brilliant songstress alive.
Hit after hit delighted the audience and classics such as Steamy Windows, Private Dancer, Goldeneye, It Takes Two, River Deep – Mountain High, What’s Love Got To Do With It? and many more came thick and fast and does wonders at raising the temperature and warming up the audience to the extent that people are genuinely dancing in the aisles. With a fully choreographed “Vegas-style” show including four very glamorous backing dancers and a fantastic band of musicians who play brilliantly, Totally Tina rocked the Lyceum and had the audience calling for more. This tribute show to an amazing artist fully deserves the accolade of being Simply the Best on the circuit.
Reviewed on 15January 2016 | Image: Contributed