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The Tina Turner Musical” cranks up the volume, tells singer’s story along the way


Each week, GBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen joins morning edition to dive into the latest artistic developments in and around Boston. This week, we bring you two local productions and the return of the Boston Public Library’s Special Collections.

On view at Citizens Bank Opera House until October 2

This musical jukebox follows the life story of the legendary Tina Turner, from her childhood in Nutbush, Tennessee, through her time in Europe, to the present day. After spending some time in London, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” just opened in Boston this week as part of a nationwide tour.

As Bowen describes it, “Turner has this extraordinary story to tell” and “Tina” is an attempt to tell that story, in addition to Turner’s recent documentary, tour and book. The problem, Bowen explains, with “Tina” is the focus on Turner’s relationship with Ike Turner, who “gets too much of a place in this musical” given the abuse he inflicted on Tina throughout. their relationship. Turner’s story comes through in the details, from his upbringing in the segregated South to his Buddhist beliefs to the musical’s closing concert, which “ultimately works” in the musical.

On view at Lyric Stage Company through October 9

In Lynn Nottage’s “Fabulation,” protagonist Undine’s pristine life as the owner of a New York public relations firm quickly unravels. She is forced to return home to a family she spent years trying to leave behind. Described as a “comedy of manners set in the present day”, “Fabulation” incorporates nods to novelist Edith Wharton’s “Customer of the Country”.

Bowen calls the production “wickedly funny”, with “so much heart as we watch Undine go through this journey back and become familiar with the way she is.” Grappling with notions of home, what it means to come home, and what happens when you have to come home, “Fabulation” serves as both a question and a critique of societal expectations.

Lyndsay Allyn Cox as Ondine.

Mark S. Howard / Lyric Stage Company of Boston

On display at the Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library recently reopened its Special Collections Department to the public for all activities — whether it’s academic research or just dropping by during a lunch break. The collection is what Bowen calls “one of the largest collections in this country outside of New York”, with thousands of items ranging from a first folio by Shakespeare to Frederick Douglass. the liberator.

The collection’s shelves span nearly seven miles, and the reopening comes after a multi-year renovation totaling nearly $16 million. Any member of the community is welcome to make an appointment and experience the historical documents first-hand.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu works in the Boston Public Library's Special Collections Department.  In this photo, she is standing between two rows of shelves, which appear to contain several old books and manuscripts.  She smiles as she observes the volume of the materials.
The Boston Public Library’s Special Collections Department is open to the public after completing a years-long renovation. Mayor Michelle Wu was there for the inauguration.

Aram Boghosyan / Boston Public Library