Having headlined the 2015 Glastonbudget Festival in May earlier this year, Totally Tina comes shaking her tailfeathers, to Crewe.
Totally Tina is an award-winning tribute to the Queen of Rock and Roll, she plays at the Lyceum Theatre on January 15.
She was given the ‘official UK number one’ honour by the Agents Association of Great Britain.
Anna Mae Bullock, better known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards.
Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, she is now a Swiss citizen.
She began her musical career in the mid-1950s as a featured singer with Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm, first recording in 1958 under the name Little Ann.
Her introduction to the public as Tina Turner began in 1960 as a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
Success followed with a string of notable hits credited to the duo, including A Fool in Love, River Deep – Mountain High, Proud Mary and Nutbush City Limits, a song which she herself wrote.
Totally Tina’s leading lady Justine Riddoch is currently touring the UK theatres in a full production tribute act, complete with a live band and backing dancers.
The show focuses on Tina’s live concert career, replicating scenes from various tours over the last 50 years with custom twists and turns created by Justine and her cast.
Justine has been singing professionally for over 22 years and has worked extensively in theatres and on national TV.
She is also a much sought-after session vocalist for some of the biggest record labels in the UK.
In her early career she could be seen treading the familiar cabaret scene as a dynamic vocalist and could boast knowing over 5,000 songs, becoming a human juke box at venues.
But it was in 2002 that her career would change direction. After winning ITV’s ‘Stars in their Eyes’ as Anastacia, her follow-up tribute show ‘Justine is Anastacia’ was in great demand.
She spent the next six years performing as her around the world, enlisting a live band to create more of a show feel.
When Anastacia stopped releasing albums and her popularity waned, it was time to change direction again.
Having been told on many occasions she sounded like Tina Turner, Justine set herself the challenge to become the closest copy she could be.
After hours of scrutinising video footage, watching mannerisms and movements, hand making the all important wig, deciding which costumes to copy, listening to patter and hundreds of versions of the same songs from different decades, the band and Justine created Totally Tina.
A troupe of professional dancers were hand-picked, choreography based on Tina’s live shows and our own unique creations were created and the whole production was rehearsed, tweaked and rehearsed again.
So get ready to shake your tailfeathers, with the Queen of rock and soul, straight from Nutbush and ‘Simply the Best’.
Tickets are on sale now from the Lyceum Theatre box office on 01270 368242 or via the website www.crewelyceum.co.uk.