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Nkeki Obi-Melekwe

Tina Turner

NKEKI OBI-MELEKWE (Tina Turner) made her West End debut in Tina—The Tina Turner Musical as Tina Turner and is making her Broadway debut as Tina. Nkeki can be heard as the new voice of Audi. Other credits: Alice by Heart (MCC). TV: “Bull” (CBS) and “Smilf” (Showtime). BFA, University of Michigan. As always, for Mom & Dad. @nkekio


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NICK RASHAD BURROUGHS (Ike) Broadway: Tina – The Tina Turner Musical(OBC), Kinky Boots, King Kong Alive on Broadway, Something Rotten (1st National Tour) His EP “Groove Machine” featuring his Pop Smash Award nominated song “Tonight” is available on all music platforms. James Brown “James Brown Live” (Apollo Music Cafe), CJ “The Get Down” (Netflix)Judas “Jesus Christ Superstar”(Broadway World Award) Instagram/Twitter @Nickrburroughs.




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KAYLA DAVION (Tina Alternate) Broadway: King Kong (Ensemble, Ann Darrow u/s), Waitress (Ensemble, Dawn u/s). TV: “The Good Fight” (Winsome). Endless thanks to Ball State University, Nicolosi & Co., Telsey, family and friends. “LEAD WITH LOVE.” And “To God be the Glory!” @KaylaDavion

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NaTASHA YVETTE WILLIAMS (Zelma) Broadway: Chicken and Biscuits (Brianna), Waitress (Becky), Chicago (Mama Morton), A Night With Janis Joplin (Aretha, Joplinaire), The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Mariah), The Color Purple (Sofia). Selected TV/Film Credits: “Harlem” (Rebecca), “FBI” (Mrs. Adamu), “New Amsterdam” (Esther), “The Good Fight.” Next, she’ll be seen in Netflix’s “Partner Track” and the historical thriller ALICE. Follow insta @Natashayvettewillliams. Proud Black Theatre United and Actor’s Equity Member.



Gran Georgeanna

MYRA LUCRETIA TAYLOR (Gran Georgeanna) Broadway: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Tony nominee), Nine, Macbeth, Electra, MuleBone, A Streetcar Named Desire. National Tour: Wicked (Morrible). Off Broadway: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Drama Desk Award, Ensemble), The Tempest (The Public Mobile Unit), Familiar, (Lortel and OCC nominee), The Lucky Ones (Lortel nominee). Film/TV: See You Yesterday, Catfight, “The Hunters,” “Atlanta.” Fox Fellow.





KATIE WEBBER (Rhonda). Broadway credits include Wicked, Memphis, Rock of Ages, Catch Me…, Jersey Boys, Honeymoon in Vegas, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Katie is also a certified holistic nutritionist and took her pandemic break to self-publish two bestselling plant-based cookbooks, Fall For You and Summerset. Both titles are available on Amazon and at Love and gratitude to Oli and Aurélien. @katiewebbernyc



Young Anna Mae/Young Alline

JULIET BENN (u/s Young Anna Mae, Young Alline) So happy and grateful to help tell the amazing Tina Turner story! Broadway: Once on This Island. Big thanks to my family, Lisa Calli, Telsey, Bryan Wade, Gigi, Mehret, Lori. Always dance to the beat of your own drum! @julietmbenn



Young Alline

MILANIS CLARK(Young Alline) is thrilled to make her Broadway debut! Credits include: Disney’s Better Nate Than Ever and Caroline, or Change at APAC. She is thankful for her family, manager Theresa Bastien and agent Shirley Faison for their unwavering support! @iammilanis



Phil Spector/Terry Britten/Ensemble

STEVEN BOOTH (Ensemble, Phil Spector, Terry Britten) Broadway: School of Rock (Ned), Glory Days (Will), Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod u/s). Off-Broadway: Dogfight (Gibbs). National tours: Kinky Boots (Charlie Price), Happy Days (Richie Cunningham). Film/TV: “Modern Love” (Craig). Thanks to Steve Maihack and all my love to Molly and Maezie.

Ayla Ciccone-Burton



Ayla is overjoyed to make her Broadway Debut! Credits: The Book Of Mormon (Australia), Dirty Dancing…(Tour). Thanks to Gotham Talent, TGS, TKS, The Telsey Office, the support, trust and love from her friends, family and mostly her mother, Christa. @aylaccb 

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JULIUS CHASE (Swing) Broadway debut! New Orleans native. 100 % gratitude to the TINA team. TV/FILM: “Claws” (TNT) and “Preacher” (AMC). Mamma Mia, Disney’s HSM. Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music BFA. BIG LOVE to my fam- my tribe. Sharp Studios, and The Telsey Office. Follow: @geauxjuju




HOLLI’ CONWAY (Ensemble, Ikette) Broadway debut! All glory to God! NSULA graduate. Miss Louisiana 2018. Bloc, thank you for believing. Benjamin, you’re simply The Best. For Mom, Dad, Tarvia and Angelique. Colossians 3:23. @Welcometo_holliwood.



Ikette/Ensemble/Dance Captain

LEANDRA ELLIS-GASTON is delighted to be making her Broadway debut in Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. Graduate of AMDA Los Angeles. 1st National: Beautiful. International: Hair. Regional: Memphis, Dreamgirls, Hairspray and Once on this Island. Endless gratitude to God, Telsey & Co., The Carry Company, friends, family and my gracious husband Kyle. Ephesians 2:8-9 Insta:@leandraellisgaston



Roger Davies/Ensemble

CHARLIE FRANKLIN (Ensemble, Roger Davies) Theatre: The Book of Mormon (Broadway), The Bridges of Madison County (OBC), Parade (Lincoln Center), Big River (Encores!), The Secret Garden (5th Avenue). TV: “Shades of Blue,” “The Loudest Voice,” “Succession”. Pace grad! Thanks KMR, Telsey, fam and DeLaney! @itsCharlieFranklin





JUDITH FRANKLIN (Ensemble, u/s Zelma, u/s Gran Georgeanna) Broadway: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Tours: Motown the Musical. Off-Broadway: Till. Special thanks to my parents, Jameaka, Jennifer, family, friends and everyone that has been a part of my journey. Matthew 5:16 Insta @judithfranklin





Young Craig

Born in Brooklyn. Credits: “Saturday Night Live,” commercials, Book audible with Laurie Berkner’s Song and Story Kitchen, as Thelonious Pig and the new voice of Goby in the animated series “Bubble Guppies.” He enjoys basketball, and spending time with family.




MATTHEW GRIFFIN (Ensemble, Craig) is thrilled to be back in Tina! Credits include: New York City Center’s The New YorkersBorn For This (Cutler Majestic), Cruel Intentions the MusicalThe Outsiders (directed by Liesl Tommy), EPIX’s “Godfather of Harlem”. Thank you, Lord.


Ari Groover


ARI GROOVER (Ensemble, Alline, Ikette) Broadway: Head Over Heels, Holler If Ya Hear Me. Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), Bare. Choreography: Burn All Night (A.R.T.). Film: In the Heights (Warner Bros.). TV: “Law & Order: SVU.” Ari is a DJ who goes by Ari Grooves.




SHELDON HENRY (Swing, u/s Ike) Native New Yorker. Education: Hartt School of Music. Favorite credits: The Prom, South Pacific, The Little Mermaid, 20th anniversary Riverdance, Memphis, The Scottsboro Boys. He would like to thank his family, friends and Carson Kolker. IG: @d_only_don



Richard Bullock/Ensemble

DAVID JENNINGS (Ensemble, Richard Bullock) Broadway: Once on This Island, After Midnight, Hands on a Hardbody. London: The Genius of Ray Charles. National: Ragtime (Coalhouse), Kinky Boots (Simon Sr.), Dreamgirls (Curtis), Freaky Friday (Mike), Ain’t Misbehavin’, Waitress. Television: “Blue Bloods,” “The Shield,” “The Sinner,” “Last Week Tonight.” @djmusicbiz



u/s Young Craig

ETHAN JOSEPH (u/s Young Craig) is 11 years old and thrilled to be making his Broadway debut alongside the talented cast and crew of TINA!!  Forever grateful to Lisa Calli, Barry Kolker, Telsey Casting, BAA, Sundance School, McCarter Theater, Mom, Dad, Papa, Gigi, Ava, coaches, and family!



Erwin Bach/Ensemble

ROSS LEKITES (Ensemble, Erwin Bach) Broadway: Frozen (OBC), Kinky Boots. Off-Broadway: Brigadoon (Charlie) City Center Encores! National tours: West Side Story (Tony), Kinky Boots. London: West Side Story (Royal Albert Hall). Concerts: Boston Pops, Philly Pops, San Diego Symphony, Virginia Symphony. For Mandy & Leo. Insta: @rosslekites




ROBERT LENZI (Ensemble, Carpenter) Broadway: Tuck Everlasting, South Pacific. Off-Broadway: Dogfight, Hello Again. Select regional: Guthrie, Yale Rep, Chicago Shakes, Alliance. Select film/TV: The Last Airbender, SATC 2, The Happening, The Village, “Monsterland”, “OITNB,” “Kimmy Schmidt,” “The Good Fight,” “Blue Bloods.” CMU grad. @bob.lenzi




ROB MARNELL (Swing) Broadway: Beautiful (Gerry Goffin u/s), Gettin’ the Band Back Together (Joe Perry). Other: Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages. Elon University. YouTube comedy “Foggy Joggans.” Original music: Forever love to Laurel & baby boy. For Trudy and June. @robmarnell




Ensemble, u/s Rhonda

STEPHANIE MARTIGNETTI (Ensemble, u/s Rhonda) is so grateful to be a part of Tina! Broadway/Tours: Beautiful, Sunset Boulevard (ORC), Nice Work (OBC), Matilda, Mary Poppins, A Chorus Line. Thanks to TalentWorks &1022m. Much Love to Mom, Dad & Dom. For my daughter, Anneliese. @StephMartignetti

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JHARDON DiSHON MILTON (Ensemble, Ronnie) Thank you, God! Broadway: A Bronx Tale, Off- Broadway: The Black Clown, Carnegie Hall. TV: “Blue Bloods.” Upcoming: “Harlem” and “And Just Like That.” Gratitude to Gray Talent, Telsey, Mama, Cree and Cole, VB’s, L6, and family. For my nieces.  @jhardondishon


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NATONIA MONET (Swing) “God is within her, she will not fall.” -Psalm 46:5. NaTonia is a Virginian, FSU alumna & comedic actress. Favorite credits: Sweet CharityThe Wiz, TV: “The Last OG.” She thanks Mom & Gaga. #MambaMentality “This is Bigger than Nino Brown” Insta: @NaToniaMonet




DESTINEE REA(Swing) is a multi-disciplinary artist, discoverer, and lover of culture. You may have seen her in: Book of Mormon, Amelie; Upcoming: Goddess at Berkeley Rep. Destinee is also the the Co-Founder of BOLD an organization that seeks to build up black women in the performing arts for the restoration of Culture. Find her online @destineeRea @iamaboldwoman.

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DEON RELEFORD-LEE (Ensemble, u/s Ike, Richard) HBCU Grad, Food Maker, Rump Shaker and Generational Curse Breaker making his Broadway Debut. Broadway National Tour: Beautiful. Host of FREE BLACK MILLENNIALS: THE PODCAST. Love ALWAYS; Love ALL WAYS… @deonsbohemia




JUSTIN SCHUMAN (Swing) is beyond grateful to return to his Broadway debut in Tina! Thanks to Pat, A3 Artists Agency, his family, John, and all who made this comeback possible! As always, for Jordan. Just human well.




ALLYSA SHORTE (Swing) Forever grateful to be here again. Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants, After Midnight. Film/TV: High School Musical 3!, Kenny Ortega; Across the Universe, Julie Taymor; Bring it On: Fight…; “Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann.” Love you long time Dad. @allysashorte

Eric Siegle



Eric is making his Broadway debut in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. Eric, a recent graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, just starred in Douglas Carter Beane’s revival of Babes In Arms. Thanks to his friends, family, and the Tina team.




CARLA STEWART (Ensemble, u/s Zelma, Gran Georgeanna) is ecstatic to tell this legend’s story! Broadway: The Color Purple revival. Off-Broadway: If Pretty Hurts…. First national tours: The Color Purple, Ghost. Thank you HCKR, Telsey. Look what God has done! Jeremiah 29:11 @mzzzruth

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Young Anna Mae

SKYE DAKOTA TURNER (Young Anna Mae) is thrilled to be returning Broadway to reprise the role of Anna Mae. Skye has recently been seen as Young Aretha in the biopic Respect. Over the pandemic, Skye had the opportunity to work with “Sesame Street” and the Cleveland Playhouse.



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ANTHONY WAYNE(Ensemble, Raymond). Broadway: Tootsie, Once on This Island, Pippin, Anything Goes, Priscilla. Off-B’way: Mighty Real: Sylvester Musical (Sylvester), A Chorus Line (Richie; NY City Center). Black Broadway Men, Inc. (Exec. Dir.; @BlackBroadwayMen) Follow: / @MrAWayne. Virginia Native. #EGG. I see you, Ma. #TrustGod. Many thanks to Dave Secor & Pat Goodwin.


Michelle West


Michelle West (Swing) is ecstatic to be making her Broadway Debut! BFA Temple University. Tours: Aladdin (1st Nat’l), Memphis. NYC: Goddess, West Side Story. Regional: The Prom, Legally Blonde, Hello Dolly, The Wiz. Endless love to my Husband Matthew, my amazing Family & Friends, Hudson Artist Agency, Telsey & Co., and my pup Kobe. “She believed she could, so she did” Insta: @chelleywest

Talent Card Grid

Tina Turner

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


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


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.

Mark Thompson

Set & Costume Designer

NICHOLAS SKILBECK (Music Supervision, Arrangements & Incidental 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.


Musical Supervisor, Arrangements and Additional Music

NICHOLAS SKILBECK is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, Nicholas is currently Music Director and Supervisor for Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on Broadway. He is also Musical Supervisor on the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed musical Follies, starring Imelda Staunton and Tracie Bennett, which opened at the National Theatre in September 2017.

Nicholas’ other West End credits as Musical Supervisor and Musical Director include the Olivier Award-winning productions of GypsySweeney ToddHairspray and Billy Elliot the Musical, the Olivier Award-nominated West End premieres of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Sister Act the MusicalOther credits include MAMMA MIA!Peepshow (Frantic Assembly and Lamb), and onstage with the late, great Victoria Wood in Victoria Wood – At It Again (Royal Albert Hall, UK tour and ITV).

Nicholas has also worked with iconic music artist Kate Bush as Musical Director for her 2014 concert, Kate Bush: Before the Dawn, at the Hammersmith Apollo. As a composer, Nicholas’ musical Quand la Guerre Sera Finie premieres at the Avignon Festival in July 2017. Nicholas had a long-standing collaboration with performer and choreographer Nigel Charnock, co-founder of DV8 physical theatre. Together, their productions include: Asylum (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Affairs of the Heart (Helsinki Theatre Dance Company) and Hell Bent (international tour).

As an orchestrator Nicholas’s credits include Travels With My Aunt by Stiles and Drewe, and re-orchestrations for Gypsy (West End). Nicholas is the co-author of the book “The Singing and Acting Handbook – Games and Exercises for the Performer” (published by Taylor & Francis).

Bruno Poet

Lighting Designer

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 Designer

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 Designer

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.”

Ethan Popp


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!



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.



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.



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:




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.