<strong>Ruva Ngwenya announced as Australia's Tina Turner</strong>

Ruva Ngwenya announced as Australia’s Tina Turner

After months of speculation the producers of Tina – The Tina Turner Musical announced that the coveted role of Tina Turner will be played by Zimbabwean Australian Ruva Ngwenya when the multi award-winning smash hit musical premieres at Theatre Royal Sydney this May.

Speaking about the announcement Tina Turner said “Australia holds a very special place in my heart and I am thrilled to be bringing my wonderful musical to Sydney. Ruva Ngwenya is a beautiful performer who I know will bring her own joy and her soul to this role. She joins a wonderful unique group of women that are my Tinas, and I’m proud of each and every one of them. Sending all my love and blessings to Ruva and the whole Australian company.”

Ruva Ngwenya has been gracing Australian stages since her early years with her first professional role in 2013 as Shenzi in The Lion King. Born and educated in Melbourne, her musical instincts pay homage to her Zimbabwean Heritage. Ruva has performed in a string of successful musicals; We Will Rock YouBeautiful: The Carole King MusicalRagtime and more recently Moulin Rouge The Musical, solidifying Ruva as one of musical theatre’s most sought-after performers.  Playing Tina Turner in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical marks her first lead role in musical theatre.

Ruva said “I am honoured to have the opportunity to be part of this telling of Tina Turner’s life story.  Tina’s courage, grace and determination are inspirational to me and so many people around the world.  Her music literally changed my life as a 15-year-old when I performed River Deep – Mountain High solo on stage, for the very first time in my school musical. This moment led me to the path of performing and musical theatre.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and the Arts, Ben Franklin said“I am delighted for Ruva and congratulate her on being cast for the role as the iconic Tina Turner. I cannot wait for her to give simply the best performance when this internationally acclaimed, world-class production makes its Australian premiere in Sydney in May this year.”

Produced by Paul Dainty/TEG DAINTY in special collaboration with Stage Entertainment, Tali Pelman and 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. 

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 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.

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.  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).

Tina – The Tina Turner Musical is coming to Theatre Royal Sydney in May 2023. For tickets and information, visit https://www.tinathemusical.com.au/

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