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TINA — THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL COMES TO WHARTON CENTER APRIL 18–23, 2023 TICKETS ON SALE NOW


Date/Time: Tuesday, April 18 – Sunday, April 23, 2023

Tuesday – Thursday: 7:30PM

Friday: 8 pm

Saturday: 2PM & 8PM

Sunday: 1PM & 6:30PM

Location: Cobb Great Hall

Tickets: Tickets from $39; Student/Youth $29

Ticket Office: whartoncenter.com

517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON


“I’VE RARELY HEARD AN AUDIENCE WITH THIS MIGHTY A ROAR.” —NY Times


“MIND-BLOWING AND LIFE CHANGING. A story that needs to be shared, especially today." —ABC News


EAST LANSING, MI HER VOICE IS UNDENIABLE. HER FIRE IS UNSTOPPABLE. HER TRIUMPH IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER. TINA — THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL is coming to Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall from Tuesday, April 18 to Sunday, April 23, 2023, as part of the 2022-23 Broadway Season. Tickets available through the official Wharton Center Ticket Office, online at whartoncenter.com, or by calling 517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON.


The cast is led by Naomi Rodgers (Frozen) and Zurin Villanueva (The Lion King, Mean Girls, Shuffle Along, The Book of Mormon) who will evenly share the role of Tina Turner, each playing four (of eight) performances a week. Also starring are 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, Jacob Roberts-Miller, Aniya Simone, Chris Stevens, Jeff Sullivan, and Carlton Terrence Taylor.


“It has been years since I toured the US, and I am very excited that my own musical can now bring my music and story to my fans in their home cities across America. It’s a homecoming and that is very special to me,” said Tina Turner.


“We are delighted to begin this next chapter for TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL. The North American tour will see the show enjoy its sixth production around the world since opening in the West End in 2018, which is testimony to Tina’s extraordinary legacy. This tour clearly has special resonance for Tina herself, and now more than ever we can’t wait to uplift audiences across America with her joyful and triumphant story," the producers, Tali Pelman from Stage Entertainment and Jimmy Nederlander said. “We can’t wait to introduce America to the two-megawatt superstars—Naomi Rodgers and Zurin Villanueva—who will share the role of Tina, Garrett Turner in the role of Ike and the incredibly talented company who are hitting the on the road on tour!"


Produced by Stage Entertainment, James L. Nederlander, and Tali Pelman, in association with Tina Turner, TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL was written by Tony Awardâ nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins.


TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL is directed by Tony Awardâ nominee Phyllida Lloyd with choreography by Tony Awardâ nominee Anthony van Laast, set and costume designs by Tony Awardâ nominee Mark Thompson, musical Music Supervision, Arrangements & Incidental Music by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Tony Awardâ nominee Bruno Poet, sound by Tony Awardâ nominee Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Tony Awardâ nominee Jeff Sugg, orchestrations by Tony Awardâ nominee Ethan Popp, wigs, hair and makeup design by Drama Desk Award winner Campbell Young Associates, and casting by The Telsey Office.

An uplifting comeback story like no other, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the Queen of Rock n’ Roll.


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.


This new musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner and presented in association with Tina Turner herself, received its world premiere in April 2018 in London, where it opened to five-star reviews and has broken box office records at the Aldwych Theatre. 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, Spain.


TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL originally opened on Broadway on November 7, 2019, was nominated for 12 Tony Awardsâ including Best Musical. The production reopened at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on October 8, 2021, following the 18-month industry wide shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Broadway production ended performances Sunday, August 14.


Produced by Stage Entertainment and Ghostlight Records and featuring the original Londoncast, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical: Original Cast Recording is available worldwide on CD, both online and in stores. The CD features a 20-page booklet, which includes liner notes, synopsis, and production and studio photography. The album was recorded in February 2019 at Angel Studios and RAK Studios, produced by the show’s Music Supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck and Kurt Deutsch, and co-produced by Tom Kelly. To download or stream the album, or order the CD, please visit www.ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/riverdeep-tinaturnermusical.


When she was inducted into the Rock & 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).


The Emmy-nominated feature documentary TINA is now availableto stream on HBO Max. A revealing and intimate look at the life and career of musical icon Tina Turner, TINA charts her improbable rise to early fame, her personal and professional struggles throughout her life and her even more improbable resurgence as a global phenomenon in the 1980s. The feature documentary is from Academy Award-winning directors Dan Lindsay, T.J. Martin and Lightbox, the production company founded by Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn and Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn, together with Emmy-nominated producer Diane Becker.


PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Pleasevisit www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/tina to view the TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL performance schedule.


Follow @TinaBroadway on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


COVID-19 health and safety protocols continue to evolve. Please visit the Wharton Center website at whartoncenter.com/covid-19 to review the most up-to-date information and requirements.

For high-resolution images of TINA — THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL, visit www.whartoncentermedia.com


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This East Lansing engagement is welcomed by Auto-Owners Insurance; Delta Dental of Michigan; Ingham County and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing; Jackson National Life Insurance Company; Retailers Insurance Company; and The Christman Company.


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