TINA — THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL Will Close on Broadway and Go on Tour


Nkeki Obi-Melekwe in TINA—The Tina Turner Musical | Photo: Manuel Harlan

Dan Meyer
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June 7, 2022 2:00 PM

The Queen of Rock n’ Roll is hitting the road. Tina — The Tina Turner Musical will close August 14 on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre before heading out on a national tour. The 30-city tour will kick off in Providence, Rhode Island, on September 14.

“To witness my story on the Broadway stage, created by the most talented artists, has been an incredible coda to a storied career,” said Tina Turner. “Looking back on Opening Night on Broadway almost three years ago and remembering the love and support I received from my friends and the Broadway community is an experience I will not soon forget. For this Nutbush, TN native, it was a homecoming long overdue and it has been an honor and a privilege to share this story with audiences across the globe.”

Tina originally opened on November 7, 2019, and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Adrienne Warren won for her performance as the title star. Upon its final performance, the Broadway production will have played 27 preview performances and 482 regular performances. There are currently four other productions playing around the world in London’s West End; Hamburg, Germany; Utrecht, The Netherlands; and Madrid, Spain.

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe currently stars as Tina on Broadway alongside Nick Rashad Burroughs as Ike, Myra Lucretia Taylor as Gran Georgeanna, Skye Dakota Turner as Young Anna-Mae, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Zelma, and Katie Webber as Rhonda. It also features Ayla Ciccone-Burton, Holli’ Conway, Leandra Ellis-Gaston, and Ari Groover as the Ikettes.

Rounding out the ensemble are Juliet Benn, Steven Booth, Julius Chase, Milanis Clark,, Charlie Franklin, Judith Franklin, Josiah Gaffney, Matthew Griffin, Sheldon Henry, David Jennings, Ross Lekites, Robert Lenzi, Rob Marnell, Stephanie Martignetti, Jhardon DiShon Milton, NaTonia Monét, Deon Releford-Lee, Destinee Rea, Justin Schuman, Allysa Shorte, Eric Siegle, Carla R. Stewart, Anthony Wayne, and Michelle West. Kayla Davion plays Tina at some performances.

Written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, Tina is directed by Phyllida Lloyd. The show features choreography by Anthony van Laast, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson, musical supervision and arrangements by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Jeff Sugg, orchestrations by Ethan Popp, music direction by Alvin Hough Jr., and wigs, hair and makeup design by Campbell Young Associates, with casting by The Telsey Office. 

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.