Casting has been announced for the North American tour of the Tony-nominated Tina—The Tina Turner Musical, which will launch at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, September 11 and go on to visit 30 cities in its first year.
Naomi Rodgers (Frozen) and Zurin Villanueva (The Lion King, Mean Girls) will share the role of Tina, each playing four performances a week. They will be joined by Garrett Turner as Ike Turner, Roz White as Zelma Bullock, Ann Nesby as Gran Georgeanna, and Lael Van Keuren as Rhonda.
The ensemble includes Daelyanna Kelly Benson, Antonio Beverly, Taylor A. Blackman, Aliyah Caldwell, Lillian Charles, Max Falls, Zachary Freier-Harrison, Reyna Guerra, Gordia Hayes, Andre Hinds, Takia Hopson, Ayvah Johnson, Geoffrey Kidwell, Parris Mone’t Lewis, Nia Nelson-Williams, Gracie Phillips, Nicole Powell, Terance Reddick, Shari Washington Rhone, Kris Roberts, Jacob Roberts-Miller, Aniya Simone, Chris Stevens, Jeff Sullivan, and Carlton Terrence Taylor.
Producers Tali Pelman from Stage Entertainment and James M. Nederlander said in a joint statement, “We can’t wait to introduce America to the two megawatt superstars—Naomi Rodgers and Zurin Villanueva—who will share the role of Tina on the road. They are joined by Garrett Turner in the role of Ike, and an incredibly talented company who will together tell Tina's extraordinary and triumphant story in cities across the country.”
Written by Tony nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, the musical is directed by Tony nominee Phyllida Lloyd with choreography by Tony nominee Anthony van Laast, set and costume designs by Tony nominee Mark Thompson, original musical supervision, additional music, and arrangements by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Tony nominee Bruno Poet, sound by Tony nominee Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Tony nominee Jeff Sugg, tour musical supervision by Alvin Hough, Jr., orchestrations by Tony nominee Ethan Popp, wigs, hair, and makeup design by Drama Desk Award winner Campbell Young Associates, and casting by The Telsey Office.
There are currently four other productions of Tina running around the world. The musical based on the life of rock icon Tina Turner and presented in association with the Grammy winner received its world premiere in April 2018 in London’s West End, where it continues at the Aldwych Theatre. Adrienne Warren created the role of Tina in the London production, subsequently repeating her work on Broadway and winning the 2020 Tony for Best Performance By an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. In March 2019, the German production opened at Stage Operettenhaus in Hamburg, and the Dutch production opened at the Beatrix Theater, Utrecht, in February 2020. A third European production opened in fall 2021 at the Teatro Coliseum in Madrid.
The tour is produced by Stage Entertainment, James L. Nederlander, and Tali Pelman, in association with Turner.
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