Adrienne Warren takes centre stage alongside the cast of 'Tina'. (Photo credit: Manuel Harlan)
Adrienne Warren takes centre stage alongside the cast of 'Tina'. (Photo credit: Manuel Harlan)
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Adrienne Warren channels her inner Tina Turner in ‘River Deep – Mountain High’ music video

The first single from the upcoming ‘Tina – The Tina Turner Musical’ cast album has been unveiled.

Undoubtedly one of Tina Turner’s most iconic hits, ‘River Deep – Mountain High’ was first released in 1966 and now becomes one of the most memorable moments in the West End hit.

Performed by Adrienne Warren, who has played the role in the hit West End production since its world premiere, is featured on an accompanying music video. She will continue in the role of Tina Turner until 13th April 2019.

The music video was recorded in January 2019 at Angel Studios in London and was produced by ‘Tina’ Musical Supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck.

Tali Pelman, Producer of ‘Tina – The Tina Turner Musical’, says: “‘River Deep – Mountain High” is a pivotal moment in the musical where Tina finds her voice as a solo artist. It was a turning point for Tina personally and is an epic moment in our show. It demands not only an extraordinary vocal talent but immense passion and fearlessness.

“To hear and watch Adrienne perform this song night after night is electrifying, and I am thrilled to have it captured here,” she adds.

“It is so right that this is the first single to be released from our cast album. She makes me very proud”

Turner famously recorded “River Deep – Mountain High” in 1966, produced by Phil Spector as his ground-breaking masterpiece using his trademark Wall of Sound music technique. Turner would later recall, “I must have sung that 500,000 times. I was drenched with sweat. I had to take my shirt off and stand there in my bra to sing.” George Harrison, who worked with Spector when he later produced Let It Be for The Beatles, would later call it “a perfect record from start to finish.”

Speaking about the track, Tina Turner says: “At that very difficult time in my life, recording this song opened my eyes to possibilities. I felt liberated, excited, ready to challenge myself vocally. River Deep – Mountain High introduced me to the way I wanted to sing.”

The legendary singer said of Warren’s version: “I am thrilled that Adrienne has picked up the mantle and not only risen to the challenge but made this moment one of my very favourites in the musical. It is so right that this is the first single to be released from our cast album. She makes me very proud.”

Last month over 200,000 new tickets were released for sale for ‘Tina – The Tina Turner Musical’, the show based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, with bookings now being taken at the Aldwych Theatre to Saturday, December 21, 2019.

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, the musical is choreographed by Anthony van Laast, with set and costume designs by Mark Thompson, musical supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Jeff Sugg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp.

The cast album is due to be released later this year on Ghostlight Records.

Click here to buy tickets to see the musical.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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