TINA reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender, and race. From her humble beginnings in Nutbush to her transformation into the global Queen of rock'n'roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules—she rewrote them. Now this musical, created in collaboration with Turner herself, comes to Broadway.
TINA begins in Nutbush, Tennessee, where we meet Anna Mae Bullock—the girl who will grow up to be Tina Turner. Anna Mae's childhood isn't easy: her parents have a contentious relationship, and Anna Mae is ultimately left to be raised by her grandmother. But when a teenage Anna Mae moves to St. Louis, things begin to go her way. Anna Mae is discovered by Ike Turner and joins his band, the Kings of Rhythm. Ike gives her the stage name Tina Turner, and with Tina at the mic, the band rises to prominence.
There's a dark side to Ike and Tina's relationship, however. Ike is angry, dismissive, unfaithful, and abusive. Though Tina eventually leaves him, her battles aren't over. The ageism, racism, and sexism that pervade the music industry all threaten to knock her down. But she doesn't stop fighting, for she is simply, the best.