Cast & Creative
Talent Card Grid
Naomi Rodgers (Tina Turner) is an AMDA New York Graduate. I had my tour debut in the 1st National Tour of Frozen (Ensemble u/s Bulda). I give all glory and honor to God for being the head of my life!!! So much gratitude to my Daniel Hoff family for your endless support, Telsey, and to my mom who is my everything! I love you! This is for Broom!! #wedidit Jeremiah 29:11 @naomiprincessrodgers
Zurin Villanueva (Tina Turner) is thrilled to be taking on the role of the great Tina Turner! Originally from Brooklyn, NY. Broadway credits: The Lion King, Mean Girls, Shuffle Along and The Book of Mormon. Regional credits: Teenage Dick (Woolly Mammoth), Ragtime (Barrington Stage) Ain’t Misbehavin (Crossroads) and Million Dollar Quartet (PCLO). TV/film: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Insatiable,” and the upcoming Murder Mystery 2 on Netflix! She is a proud graduate of Howard University BFA and Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts Drama program. I dedicate this role to my mother, the eternal reinventor, Michele Walker. Follow me on Instagram @zurinspired.
Garrett Turner (Ike Turner) is a proud native of Florence, Alabama. Garrett Turner recently made his Broadway debut in Thoughts Of A Colored Man. As a Jesus-loving free Black man, he believes in the power of both joy and righteous indignation as tools for liberation. NYC: Bayano (National Black Theatre). Regional: Thoughts Of A Colored Man (Syracuse/Baltimore; World Premiere), The Royale (Theatrical Outfit), Chad Deity (Asolo Rep). TV: “Law & Order: SVU.” Emory/RCSSD Grad. Marshall Scholar. Psalm 115:1 www.garrett-turner.com @garrettmturner
Roz White (Zelma Bullock); National Tour: Dreamgirls, Regional: Amen Corner (Shakespeare Theater), Seven Guitars (Arena Stage), Marie and Rosetta (Mosaic Theater Company), Bessie’s Blues (Studio Theatre), Crowns (Indiana Rep), Anne and Emmett (MetroStage), Pearl Bailey by Request (Milwaukee Rep), Black Pearl Sings! (Alliance For New Music Theatre). Love to Howard University and Duke Ellington School of the Arts. I love you Mom (RIP) Anthony, and King.
Ann Nesby (Gran Georgeanna) is a 6x Grammy Nominee, former lead vocalist from 2x Grammy winning group Sounds Of Blackness. 8 solo albums that span three decades. Acclaimed actress in film & television: “Hap & Leonard,” Ava Duvernay’s “Queen Sugar,” Paramount Pictures The Fighting Temptations, TD Jakes’ Envy, Demolition Man with Sting & the Netflix movie They Cloned Tyrone. annnesby.com.
Lael Van Keuren
Lael Van Keuren (Rhonda); Broadway: Paradise Square (OBC), Sister Act (OBC). 1st National: Finding Neverland (Sylvia Davies), Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert). Off-Broadway/Regional: Panama Hattie (The York), Paradise Square (Berkley Rep), Will Rogers Follies (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Mary Poppins and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (NSMT). Heartfelt thanks to the creative team, casting & Act One Mgmt. Endless love to my family! In Him.
Daelyanna Kelly Benson
u/s Young Alline/Young Craig
Daelyanna Kelly Benson (u/s Young Alline / Young Craig) is a 12-year-old student at The Debbie Allen Middle School, Los Angeles. Favorite roles played are Nala (The Lion King), Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray); Movies she’s in: Hostile Territory, Separate. Her original music: “Free The Bun,” “Who I Am.” She’s ecstatic to be part of Tina! Love and hugs to her 2 dads, coaches, and Kurt Domoney, Lisa Calli, Pat Goodwin. Follow her @Daelyanna_Daily.
Antonio Beverly (Ronnie / Ensemble); Tour: A Bronx Tale (Tyrone), Cinderella (Ensemble, Lord Pinkleton/Jean-Michel u/s) Regional: Cinderella (Ensemble) PaperMill Playhouse. Pronouns: They/Them. Insta: @thebeverleigh
Taylor A. Blackman
Taylor A. Blackman (Raymond / Ensemble); Selected NYC Theatre credits: What The End Will Be (Roundabout Theatre Company), Sweet Chariot (New York Stage and Film), Till (Signature Theatre). TV/FILM: “FBI” and “Alternatino.” Professor at The New School. Big ups to my family, friends, and team. Insta: @tayloradamblackman
Swing, U/S Tina Turner, U/S Rhonda
Aliyah Caldwell: National tour debut! Credits: SWING – The Broadway Musical (Norwegian Cruise Lines), Hairspray (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines). Training and Education: Ava Fields Dance Ministry, Baltimore School for the Arts, BFA in Dance/Dance Choreography from Towson University.
Young Alline/Young Craig
Lillian Charles (Young Alline / Young Craig) is thrilled to make her stage debut! After attending her first national touring show, Lillian was determined to make it on stage. Lillian has appeared in commercials, audiobooks, podcasts, and on billboards. Thank YOU for your continued support!
Max Falls (Erwin Bach / Ensemble) is so excited for his National Tour debut. Regional credits include shows at Meadow Brook Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, TheatreSquared, Gretna Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Lyric Rep, and others. BFA in Acting from Utah State University. Big thanks to mom, dad, sister, and Caroline for their constant love and support. Insta: @max_falls
Zachary Freier-Harrison (Roger Davies / Ensemble), a Palo Alto native, graduated from Northwestern University where he double majored in Theatre and Cognitive Science and completed the Musical Theatre Certificate Program. Professional credits include Mamma Mia (Royal Caribbean), A Christmas Carol (Palace Theater), Lost in Yonkers (Jewish Theater of San Francisco), A Christmas Story (San Jose Repertory Theater), and Rabbit Hole (Palo Alto Players).
Reyna Guerra National Tour Debut! All glory to God! Credits: New York City Center’s Runaways and Carnegie Hall’s West Side Story. Film: In The Heights. Special thanks to her village, Telsey Office, Papi, Rey, mami, sigue pa’lante con fuerza y fe.
Gordia Hayes (Swing) is a recent grad of Baldwin Wallace University. Regional: Rent, Hair, and Kinky Boots. Endless love to my amazing family, friends, Josh, and Telsey & Co. Luke 1:37
Andre Hinds (Craig / Ensemble): National Tour Debut! Favorite Previous Credits: Show Way (The Kennedy Center), After Midnight, Scottsboro Boys (Signature Theater), Cabaret, In The Heights (Olney Theater Center). Thanks to The Mine. Love to my parents, family, friends and The DMV. @dizzydrizzy87
Takia Hopson hails from Atlanta, GA. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Takia choreographed for professional companies and performed in TV/FILM and stage productions in Atlanta. Takia is excited to be making her national tour debut with this incredible cast!
Young Anna Mae
Ayvah Johnson (Young Anna Mae) is from Slidell, Louisiana. Credits: Young Anna Mae/Alline, Tina (Broadway); Little Ti Moune, Once on This Island (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Fences and Annie. Love and Gratitude to my Mom, Dad, Family, Lisa Calli, Shonica Gooden, Pat Goodwin, and The Tina Team!
Phil Spector/Terry Britten/Ensemble
Geoffrey Kidwell (Phil Spector / Terry Britten / Ensemble) is ecstatic to be touring with Tina! Gratitude/love to everyone who helped get him here: mom, dad, Paul and Sarah, everyone at Wolf Talent Group. And love always to his husband, Andre. You’re simply the best. Insta: @gkidwell
PARRIS LEWIS (Alline, Ikette, u/s Tina Turner) is a native of Brooklyn, NY honored to be touring with TINA. National Tours: The Color Purple (Church Lady Jarene/ Olivia), Hairspray (Dynamite/Pearl). STONEWALL (New York City Opera), Pray (Ars Nova), A Time Like This (Carnegie Hall), Bars Workshop (The Public Theatre), Richard Tucker Gala (Carnegie Hall). ENDLESS LOVE TO MY VILLAGE! ig @renaissancewoman_
Nia Nelson-Williams (Swing): National Tour Debut! Grateful to be working on this production with this beautiful cast! Blessed to have friends and family who support me endlessly! Regional: A Bronx Tale (Frieda), 42nd Street (Ensemble, U/S Peggy Saywer), Footloose (Urleen). IG: @thenialeenw
Gracie Phillips (Ensemble/US Rhonda): National Tour debut! International: Legally Blonde. Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Gateway, Engeman, Theatre By The Sea. Pace MT’19. For my family and fiancé, Jacob. Thank you to Brian at The Hell’s Kitchen Agency and Pat and the whole Telsey team. Gracieephillips.com, @grelph_
Ensemble/u/s Zelma, u/s GG
Nicole Powell (Ensemble) is a Howard University graduate from Long Island N.Y. and member of D.I.V.A Inc. Broadway: Hairspray, Ragtime. National Tours: South Pacific, Dreamgirls. Off-Broadway: Curvy Widow, Sistas The Musical. Regional: Prince of Egypt, Matilda, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Rock Of Ages. Love to husband Ron. Instagram:@nicolepowell7. www.nicolepowell.com
Terance Reddick (Swing) is a Las Vegas native. Terance made his debut on Broadway in Les Misérables. Performing has always been my passion, being of service is just as important. Teaching and coaching are my ways of paying forward. Follow me @terancereddick on all platforms 4 my latest adventure! “Gods Favor is more precious than Life”.
Shari Washington Rhone
Swing, u/s Zelma, u/s GG
Shari Washington Rhone (Swing); Principal Dancer at Jazz Antiqua. L.A. company The Lion King. Asst. Dir. Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. Soloist at Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Choreographer at Disneyland resort. Proud Mary, Bella Donna, Soulicious, & Pam Darden’s Marvelettes Revue. Director Jaxx Theatricals. Love to Dan, Morgan & Mayumi
Jacob Roberts-Miller (Swing); National Tours: A Bronx Tale (Handsome Nick, u/s Calogero–Networks). Off-Broadway: From Here to Eternity, (Anderson–Baryshnikov Arts Center). Regional: Trading Places (Alliance Theatre), Spamalot (Ogunquit Playhouse). @jacobtwolastnames. Many thanks to Gracie, my friends and family, and the Daniel Hoff Agency.
u/s Young Anna Mae
Aniya Simone (u/s Young Anna Mae) is excited to make her Broadway debut! Credits: Sydney to the Max (Disney) and The Microchip that Ruined Halloween (Film). Last year she released her first single called “Imagination.” She loves spending time with her family, singing and dancing. @aniya.simone
Chris Stevens (John Carpenter/ Ensemble); Off-Broadway / Tours: Jersey Boys, Waitress, Mamma Mia!, and Cats. Other Credits: Tarzan, Grease, and Shrek. Awards: 2019 SALT Award Recipient for his portrayal of Buddy in Elf the Musical at Syracuse Stage. Endless thanks to B.W.A. & Pat Goodwin! All my love to Mom, Dad, Brett, and Erin. Insta: @CJStevens421
Jeff Sullivan (Swing) is from Newfoundland, Canada. Tours: Finding Neverland (J.M. Barrie), West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers. Regional: Paper Mill, Tuacahn, Engeman, Surflight, The Argyle, Highlands, Allenberry, OOTA. TV: “Hudson & Rex.” NYFA Alumni. Thankful for DGRW + Pat + Tina Team! Love to Matthew, Dad and my brothers. In memory of Mom; “Don’t turn around…” @jeff__sullivan
Carlton Terrence Taylor
Carlton Terrence Taylor is a passionate game changer committed to empowering generations to think critically using art as a catalyst for change. Harlem Native. Recent credits include: What Problem & Deep Blue Sea with Bill T Jones, audio drama of Revelations with Compagnia de’ Colombari.
Talent Card Grid
TINA TURNER. With a career that has spanned more than half a century, the legendary rock performer Tina Turner is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. She first rose to fame in the 1960s partnering with her then-husband Ike Turner, achieving great acclaim for their live performances and catalogue of hits. Later, Turner enjoyed an international solo career with her 1984 album Private Dancer earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards including three Grammys. She went on to deliver more chart-topping albums and hits, receiving a further eight Grammy Awards and reportedly selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. The revered singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and again as a solo artist in 2021. She is often voted as one of the most successful female rock ‘n’ roll artists of all time.
KATORI HALL (Book) Memphis native Katori Hall is a Pulitzer Prize and Olivier Award-winning playwright. Her works include The Mountaintop, Hurt Village, Our Lady of Kibeho and The Hot Wing King, which premiered in Spring 2020 at the Signature Theatre, rounding out her three-play residency. She is also the creator and EP of the hit TV drama “P-VALLEY,” which will return in 2022. Hall is a proud member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program and the Coca-Cola Scholar Program.
Frank Ketelaar & Kees Prins
FRANK KETELAAR AND KEES PRINS (Book) Playwrights Ketelaar and Prins have enjoyed award-winning success such as the smash hit bio-musical Hij Gelooft in Mij, which ran for three years in Amsterdam. They also collaborated on the Prix Europa and International Emmy Award-winning feature film De Uitverkorene.
PHYLLIDA LLOYD (Director) Donmar all-female Shakespeare trilogy (London and St. Ann’s Warehouse), The Taming of the Shrew (The Public Theater at the Delacorte), Mary Stuart (Donmar Warehouse, Apollo and Broadway; Tony nomination), Josephine and I (Bush Theatre/Joe’s Pub). Mamma Mia! (London, Broadway, worldwide), The Ancient Mariner (BAM). Film: Mamma Mia! (Universal), The Iron Lady (Pathe/DJ Films), “Gloriana A Film” (Illuminations, International Emmy), Herself (Element Pictures). Opera: in London, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Barcelona, Toronto.
Anthony Van Laast
ANTHONY VAN LAAST (Choreographer) Mamma Mia! (worldwide; Dora Mavor Moore Award), Sister Act (worldwide, Olivier nomination), Side Show (Broadway), Bombay Dreams (Tony nomination, Drama Desk nomination), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (worldwide, Olivier nomination), Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Song and Dance (Green Room Award). Concerts: Cher, Kate Bush, Sarah Brightman. Films: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia!; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Awarded the CBE by the Queen for services to dance.
Set & Costume Designer
Awards/nominations: two Critics Circle Awards, five Olivier Awards and seven Tony Award nominations. Theatre in NYC: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; The Taming of the Shrew; Mamma Mia!; A Raisin in the Sun (set only); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; God of Carnage; Life (x) 3; Bombay Dreams; Art; Follies (set only); La Bête; One Man, Two Guvnors; The Blue Room; Arcadia. Opera at The Met: The Queen of Spades, Macbeth.
Original Music Supervision, Arrangements, and Additional Music
Recent work includes Tina (London, Hamburg). Olivier-nominated for his work on Follies. West End Olivier Award-winning productions: Follies, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray and Billy Elliot. Other credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (West End, Broadway) and musical director for Kate Bush: Before the Dawn at the Hammersmith Apollo. Compositions: Quand la Guerre Sera Finie. Books: The Singing and Acting Handbook – Games and Exercises for the Performer.
BRUNO POET (Lighting Design) is an Olivier and Knight of Illumination award-winning lighting designer working throughout the world in theatre, opera, live music, dance and events. Notable New York productions include Bjork’s Cornucopia (The Shed), Akhnaten (Metropolitan Opera), Miss Saigon (Broadway & U.S. tour), Sigur Rós (Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden), Other Stories (City Ballet), Apollo 11 (U.S. tour).
NEVIN STEINBERG (Sound Design) Broadway: Hadestown (Tony Award), Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, The Cher Show, Bandstand, Bright Star, It Shoulda Been You, Mothers and Sons, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Tony nomination), The Performers, Magic/Bird. Over 30 Broadway productions with Acme Sound Partners and five additional Tony nominations: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Fences, Hair, In the Heights.
JEFF SUGG (Projection Design) an award-winning and Tony nominated designer with over 20 years in the performing arts. His work ranges from experimental to classical to Broadway. Credits include Broadway: All My Sons, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweat, Bring It On, 33 Variations. West End: Tina. Music: Fire in My Mouth (NY Philharmonic), Anthracite Fields (Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece), Prince’s final appearance on “SNL.”
Campbell Young Associates
Hair, Wigs & Make Up Designer
CAMPBELL YOUNG ASSOCIATES (Hair, Wigs & Makeup Design) Broadway: To Kill A Mockingbird; Carousel; Hello, Dolly!; Groundhog Day; Head Over Heels. West End/Broadway: Company, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical (DD Award for Outstanding Wig & Hair Design), A Christmas Carol, The Ferryman, Jerusalem, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Ghost, Billy Elliot. West End: Back To The Future, Cinderella, Anything Goes, Leopoldstadt. TV: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Downton Abbey.”
Alvin Hough Jr.
Broadway: Once On This Island, The Color Purple, Motown, Scandalous. National Tours: Memphis, Dreamgirls. Off-Broadway: Working, Hercules, Big River. TV/Film: “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Pose,” “Tick, Tick,…Boom!”, “Vivo”. Originally from DC, Alvin also has two degrees in meteorology from Harvard and Georgia Tech. He sends love to his wife, Rebecca, and their children, Samuel and Camille. www.alvinhoughjr.com
ETHAN POPP (Orchestrations) 2014 Grammy Award nomination (Motown the Musical), 2013 Tony Award nomination (Motown, Best Orchestrations), 2021 Tony Award nomination (Tina). Theatre: Mrs. Doubtfire, Back to the Future, School of Rock, Hedwig, Rock of Ages, Tarzan, We Will Rock You, Aida, others. Upcoming: Bob Fosse’s Dancin’. Television: “Last Week Tonight,” “Smash,” others. Film: Bohemian Rhapsody, The Greatest Showman. Love to Vanessa and AJP! www.ethanpopp.com
Broadway:Annie,Les Misérables,Miss Saigon. National Tours:Wicked,JesusChrist Superstar,Spamalot,Miss Saigon,LesMisérables,The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas with Ann-Margaret,Dreamgirls,Annie. She is currently Music Supervisor for the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, FL, whereshe has music directed and played Thoroughly Modern Millie,La Cage aux Folles,Carousel,Evita,Gypsy,Hello, Dolly!,My Fair Lady,Mamma Mia!,Legally Blonde, and many oth-ers. Anne is an IRNE award nominee andwon the Carbonell Award for her music direc-tion ofThe Music Man. Her work as a pia-nist, conductor, and transcriber has taken herfrom Meat Loaf to Engelbert Humperdinckto Metallica and beyond. Recently she wasAssociate Conductor and pianist for JasonRobert Brown’s,The Bridges of MadisonCountywith Kate Baldwin and Aaron Lazar.Much love to A, C, K, Mom and Dad. And forE, all love and thanks
THE TELSEY OFFICE
THE TELSEY OFFICE (Casting) With offices in both New York and Los Angeles, The Telsey Office casts for theater, film, television, and commercials. The Telsey Office is dedicated to creating safe, equitable, and anti-racist spaces through collaboration, artistry, heart, accountability, and advocacy.
Production Stage Manager
Broadway: Kiss Me, Kate 2019 Revival. National Tours: Ain’t Too Proud, School of Rock, White Christmas and the Chinese Tour of The Sound of Music. Off Broadway: Cagney, Sex Tips…, and All Is Calm. Regional includes: The MUNY, TUTS, Dallas Summer Musicals, Baltimore Center Stage, and Bucks County Playhouse. Education: BA in Theatre Arts, MS in Education, and MFA in Directing. For Nettie and Smigs. Follow Larry’s Adventures @LarrySmigs and the TINA Touring Stage Managers @TinaTourSMs.
STAGE ENTERTAINMENT (Producer), founded in 1998 and attracting 7 million visitors in 2019, is a first-class theatrical production company focusing on musical theatre in Europe. It owns and operates a network of 16 theatres where it produces some of the best-known musicals titles developed by international partners and its creative teams, such as The Lion King, Mamma Mia! and Aladdin. Stage Entertainment also creates original own premium content, such as Anastasia and ‘TINA’. The company operates in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, on West End in London, UK and on Broadway in New York, US. For more information: www.stage-entertainment.com
TALI PELMAN (Producer) is Group Creative Managing Director for Stage Entertainment, responsible for its creative and original content globally across the group and producing a new development slate, of which TINA – The Tina Turner Musical is the first international title to enter production. Tali joined Stage Entertainment following more than a decade of producing plays and musicals in the West End and on Broadway independently and as producer for the Ambassador Theatre Group. A special thank you to my husband and our children, Orion and Anouk.
JAMES L. NEDERLANDER
JAMES L. NEDERLANDER President of Nederlander Organization, and son of the late James M. Nederlander. Broadway: To Kill a Mockingbird; The Band’s Visit; Mean Girls; My Fair Lady; Escape to Margaritaville; On Your Feet!; The Humans; Meteor Shower; The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper; I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler; Kinky Boots; West Side Story; Next to Normal; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Movin’ Out; as well as many others. Mr. Nederlander has also promoted hundreds of concerts, from Adele to Robin Williams, Billy Joel, U2, and Pink Floyd.