With critics calling it "a rock music spectacular" (Limelight) and "breathtakingly exciting" (ArtsHub), this heart-pumping production is bringing audiences to their feet night after night!
Featuring more than 20 of her iconic songs, including “Simply the Best”, “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and “Proud Mary”, this smash-hit musical is not to be missed.
“SIMPLY THE BEST” – Daily Telegraph
“An absolute joy” – The Australian
“A rock music spectacular” – Limelight
★★★★★ “Breathtakingly exciting” – ArtsHub
“A tour de force” – Australian Financial Review
"It's really important to me to have the chance to share my full story. This musical is not about my stardom. It is about the journey I took to get there. Each night I want audiences to take away from the theatre that you can turn poison into medicine." - Tina Turner
What to Watch For
From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race.
One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 12 Grammy Awards and her live shows have been seen by millions, with more concert tickets sold than any other solo performer in music history.
TINA - The Tina Turner Musical first premiered in London at the Aldwych Theatre in April 2018 and opened on Broadway in November 2019. The Australian premiere opened in May 2023 at the iconic Theatre Royal Sydney.
The Queen of Rock n’ Roll provided her stamp of approval. That is to say, Turner was on hand for the musical’s creative evolution and gave the go-ahead for each character’s depiction and even their moves. In fact, Turner herself taught her original onstage counterpart, Adrienne Warren, how to do her signature move, the Pony.
While it would be nearly impossible to include the entire Tina Turner songbook into a single musical (that would be one long show), don’t expect any skimping. There are a massive 21 songs in TINA - The Tina Turner Musical — and yes, they’re the ones you want to hear and maybe even a few you weren’t expecting. Just like Turner herself, this musical is full of surprises.
Did you know that Tina Turner is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for selling more concert tickets than any solo performer in history? She has sold more than 200 million albums and singles worldwide to date, which makes her one of the biggest selling female artists in music history.
The American-born singer and actress chose to give up her American citizenship in 2013 after becoming a citizen of Switzerland.
Audiences should know that they’re in the most-competent jukebox hands with English talented director and producer Phyllida Lloyd, best known for directing one of the most universally beloved jukebox shows of all time, Mamma Mia! and film The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep.
TINA - The Tina Turner Musical marks the first foray into libretto for award-winning book writer Katori Hall who made history as the first Black woman to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2010 for The Mountaintop.
Presented in association with: Tina Turner
Written By: Katori Hall
Directed By: Phyllida Lloyd
Australian Production: TEG Dainty
Australian Cast Photography: Daniel Boud
Tina Turner: Ruva Ngwenya
Tina Turner (Alternate): Jochebel Ohene MacCarthy
Tina Turner (Cover): Ina Seidou
Ike Turner: Tim Omaji
Zelma Bullock: Ibinabo Jack
Gran Georgeanna (GG): Deni Gordon
Rhonda Graam: Nadia Komazec
Alline Bullock / Ikette: Jayme-Lee Hanekom
Richard Bullock: Augie Tchantcho
Raymond Hill: Rishab Kern
Erwin Bach: Matthew Prime
Roger Davies: Mat Verevis
Phil Spector / Terry Britten: John O’Hara
Martyn Ware / Carpenter: Blake Erickson
Ensemble: Mia Dabkowski-Chandler, Nicholas Eaton, Micheal Corey Hassel, Abu Kebe, Jenni Little, David Mairs-McKenzie, Emily Nkomo, Gus Noakes, Kristin Paulse, Tendai Rinomhota, Ilana Richardson, Noel Samuels, Rebecca Selley and Tigist Strode
2hrs 45mins (incl. interval)
Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Recommended Age: 14yrs+ Content warning: This production contains scenes of domestic violence, sexual abuse, firearms, drug use, coarse and racial language, strobe lighting, loud music, theatrical haze, and the simulated smoking of cigarettes.
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