"This musical is my life but it's like poison that turned to medicine", said Turner, dressed in a long-sleeve gold glittery gown.
While addressing all the performers, Turner called out Warren. She was also nominated for a Tony for her 2016 performance in "Shuffle Along". She is Tina! The show's energy is explosive, energetic and volatile.
There are 23 songs in the show - the good ones like "Let's Stay Together", the great ones like "Proud Mary", and, of course, the definitive "What's Love Got to Do with It".
Although the musical just opened, Warren is already receiving praise for her breakout performance.
"Watching TINA on Broadway with @LoveTinaTurner".
To be sure, the narrative arc is hardly challenging, advancing step by step in strict chronological order as dictated by the trajectory of the songs. Abandoned by her parents as a child in rural Tennessee, she ascended to R&B fame in the 1960s at the side of Ike Turner, who exploited her and beat her before she climbed to even greater heights as a solo artist in the 1980s.
The production comes to life due to the efforts of the cast members who consist of: Daniel J. Watts as Ike; Dawn Lewis, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe (who also plays the role of Tina on Wednesday and Saturday matinees); Steven Booth who plays the role of record producer and songwriter Phil Spector; Myra Lucretia Taylor, Charlie Franklin, Gerald Caesar, Matthew Griffin, David Jennings, Ross Lekites, Robert Lenzi, Gloria Manning, Jessica Rush, Mars Rucker, Jhardon Dishon Milton, Jayden Theophile, Antonio J. Watson, Nick Rashad Burroughs, Katie Webber, Carla R. Stewart and Holli Conway, Kayla Davion, Destinee Rea and Mars Rucker as the Ikettes. Bad News in slicked-down hair and shiny suit, riding in his pink Cadillac. I mean, this little girl can S-I-N-G!
So what's the secret to bringing Turner to life on stage? It is absolutely captivating to see how she logically interweaves Tina Turner's songs into the engaging storyline.
Meanwhile, there's Ike to deal with.
Phyllida Lloyd directs the musical, with Katori Hall writing its book alongside Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins.
The test of any star is the ability to rise above adversity, and Tina Turner has had more than her share.
What looms over Hall's squeezed-from-concentrate storytelling most, inevitably, is What's Love Got to Do With It - the 1993 biopic that essentially followed the same narrative, with infinitely more subtlety and space to unfurl.
On Thursday night, much to the delight of the crowd, which included the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Tiffany Haddish, Tina Turner took the stage during the curtain call to thank her fans and applaud the show. Instead, their frenetic, glitter-strewn script rushes headlong through almost every scene, galloping past the biographical milestones of an extraordinary life only long enough to mark them and move on to what the audience has presumably come for: the music.