Aisha Jawando is to play Tina Turner in the West End cast of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.
Tina is a musical based on the life and legendary music of international recording artist Tina Turner. The show is currently playing at the Aldwych Theatre, booking through to January 2020.
Aisha Jawando will take over the title role from 8 October having recently played alternate Tina at certain performances.
Jawando will replace current Tina Nkeki Obi-Melekwe who will be joining the cast of the upcoming Broadway production alongside Adrienne Warren, who originated the role in London.
Tina Turner said: “I first met Aisha during early rehearsals for our show. She was in our original West End Company playing my sister Alline and I loved her performance.
"It has been special to watch her journey with us and see the development of her extraordinary talent. I am so pleased that Aisha will now lead our company through its next chapter here in London.”
Aisha Jawando added: “I have loved being part of this show from the very beginning, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play this exceptional role. Tina Turner is such an inspirational woman and I hope that I continue to make her proud.”
The original London cast recently released an official Cast Recording.
The album is available now here for Download and Streaming, as well as via Spotify and Apple Music.
Tina in London's West End plays at the Aldwych Theatre, currently booking until 11th January 2020 having opened in April 2018.
Performances are at 7:30PM Monday-Saturday with 2:30PM matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays.
The new Broadway production will run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York, starting previews on October 12 before officially opening on November 7, 2019.