Soul Sister, The Lowry, Salford - review

Emi Wokoma and Chris Tummings as Ike and Tina Turner in Soul Sister.

Emi Wokoma and Chris Tummings as Ike and Tina Turner in Soul Sister.

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Soul survivor might better have described the career of singing star Tina Turner, celebrated in this new musical.

Her dramatic re-invention as an icon of female empowerment, after years of domestic abuse from the man who created her original stage persona, is the stuff of rock ‘n’ roll legend.

And although Soul Sister claims to be “inspired by the music, life and times of Ike and Tina Turner” there’s really only one figure centre stage, leaving Mr Turner as a rather forlorn footnote, despite anyone’s best intentions.

So forget anything River Deep, or Mountain Highbrow, and just sit back and relax into a spirited tribute show packed with good music and feeding directly off the raw energy of Emi Wokoma in the title role.

With show-stopping numbers like River Deep or Proud Mary sandwiching the interval, Soul Sister is at its best when it serves up a re-creation of the Turners’ touring revue shows, or climaxes with five numbers from Tina’s ‘late period’ catalogue.

It runs here to Saturday, but comes to Blackpool later in the summer.

David Upton