The electrifying musical sensation, ‘TINA – The Tina Turner Musical’, will roll into Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in July, with tickets on sale from today.
The Australian premiere season of the smash hit musical has been setting Theatre Royal Sydney ablaze with its explosive performances, receiving standing ovations and rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. QPAC is part of a recently announced national tour, with seasons also scheduled in Perth, Adelaide, and Melbourne in 2024.
Produced by Paul Dainty AO/TEG DAINTY in special collaboration with Stage Entertainment, Tali Pelman and the late Tina Turner, the musical reveals a comeback story like no other, of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race to become the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. ‘TINA – The Tina Turner Musical’ is a celebration of resilience and an inspiration of triumph over adversity.
Since its highly anticipated premiere at Theatre Royal Sydney, ‘TINA – The Tina Turner Musical’ has captured the hearts of audiences with its powerful storytelling, incredible performances, and iconic music. Featuring 23 hit songs including, ‘Simply The Best’, ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’, ‘Nutbush City Limits’ and ‘Proud Mary’, this smash hit musical has received 37 prestigious award nominations including BEST MUSICAL (Tony Awards) and BEST NEW MUSICAL (Olivier Awards).
Paul Dainty AO, President, and CEO of TEG DAINTY spoke about the musical and its appeal.
“I first heard about the possibility of a stage musical portraying Tina’s life 8 years ago and I immediately reached out to Tali Pelman at Stage Entertainment,” said Dainty.
“At that point, there was no script and no book however I was hooked on the idea of it. We have been on that journey ever since, and we are thrilled to be taking TINA on an Australian tour! Australians love this theatrical masterpiece which tells the story of Tina’s life, of empowerment and success, and is ultimately the best music industry comeback story of all time.”
Producer, Tali Pelman also echoed similar sentiments.
“I know Australia was very close to Tina’s heart, so we are especially excited our show will be touring,” said Pelman.
“Our musical is about how Tina became not only the music icon we adored but the woman who continues to motivate and inspire us today. Everything about Tina was unique – her heart, her story and of course her voice – and we can’t wait for all of Australia to experience her journey and her triumph through our show.”
Rugby League fans can get a sneak peek of the incredible show before it rolls into Brisbane, as ‘TINA – The Tina Turner Musical’ will headline the entertainment at this year’s NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final, at Sydney’s Accor Stadium on Sunday 1 October. Marking 30 years since Tina Turner’s iconic performance at the 1993 Grand Final and celebrating her unique association with the game, the cast of the smash hit musical is bringing Turner’s music back to Rugby League’s biggest stage. Coincidently the Broncos also played in (and won) the 1993 Grand Final.
In Australia, the coveted role of Tina Turner is played by Ruva Ngwenya who has been gracing our stages since her early years with her first professional role in 2013 as Shenzi in ‘The Lion King’. Ruva has performed in a string of successful musicals; ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’, ‘Ragtime’ and ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’, solidifying her as one of musical theatre’s most sought-after performers.
The role of Ike Turner is played by Australian triple threat and multi-platinum-selling performer, Tim Omaji. Tim’s theatre credits include Toulouse-Lautrec, in the original Australian cast of ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’, the standout role of Benny in the critically acclaimed and sold-out season of the Hayes Theatre Company’s production of ‘In The Heights’ and the lead role of Tyrone Jackson in ‘Fame The Musical’.
The ‘TINA – The Tina Turner Musical’ cast also includes principals Jochebel Ohene MacCarthy as Tina Turner alternate, Ibinabo Jack playing Tina’s mother Zelma Bullock, Deni Gordon as Tina’s Grandmother Gran Georgeanna (GG) and Nadia Komazec as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam. Jayme-Lee Hanekom plays Tina’s sister Alline Bullock and one of the Ikettes, Augie Tchantcho plays Tina’s father Richard Bullock, Rishab Kern as Tina’s first love Raymond Hill, Matthew Prime as record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach, Mat Verevis as Tina’s Manager Roger Davies, John O’Hara as Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten and Blake Erickson as musician Martyn Ware and Carpenter. Ensemble members include Mia Dabkowski-Chandler, Nicholas Eaton, Abu Kebe as Ronnie, Jenni Little as Toni, David Mairs-McKenzie as Craig, Emily Nkomo as an Ikette, Gus Noakes, Kristin Paulse, Ilana Richardson, Tendai Rinomhota, Noel Samuels, Ina Seidou, Rebecca Selley as an Ikette and Tigist Strode as an Ikette.
Written by Tony Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins,’ TINA – The Tina Turner Musical’ is directed by Tony Award nominee Phyllida Lloyd with choreography by Tony Award nominee Anthony van Laast, set and costume designs by Tony Award nominee Mark Thompson, musical supervision, additional music and arrangements by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Tony Award nominee Bruno Poet, sound by Tony Award nominee Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Tony Award nominee Jeff Sugg, orchestrations by Tony Award nominee Ethan Popp and wigs, hair and makeup design by Drama Desk Award winner Campbell Young Associates.
This new musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner received its world premiere in April 2018 in London’s West End, where it opened to five-star reviews and continues to break box office records at the Aldwych Theatre. In March 2019, the German production opened at Stage Operettenhaus in Hamburg, the Broadway production followed in November 2019 and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The Dutch production opened at the Beatrix Theater, Utrecht, in February 2020. A third European production opened in Autumn 2021 at the Teatro Coliseum in Madrid, Spain and the North American Tour commenced in September 2022. In 2023 alongside the Australian production, the European Production in Stuttgart, Germany opened.
One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner won 12 Grammy Awards and her live shows were seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history. When she was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in October, 2021, Tina Turner became one of only three women in the institution’s history to be inducted twice (she was initially inducted in 1991, alongside Ike Turner).
This electrifying smash-hit musical is not to be missed. Tickets to the QPAC season of TINA – The Tina Turner Musical are on sale now.
Visit QPAC’s website to learn more about the production and to purchase tickets.
Photography by Daniel Boud.