The Tina Turner Musical Made its Debut in Milwaukee at the Marcus Center of Performing Arts

The Life of A Rock Star

TINA–The Tina Turner Musical opened on Broadway on November 7, 2019. The musical then shut down for 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic until October 2021. In 2024, the musical made its way to Milwaukee at the Marcus Performing Arts Center (MPAC).

The musical depicted Tina Turner’s life and how she overcame domestic abuse and ageism, amongst other things.

Zurin Villanueva performing as Tina Turner.
Zurin Villanueva performing as Tina Turner. (Picture by Evan Zimmerman)

Born as Anna-Mae Bullock in Tennessee, Tina Turner started her singing career in the church. As a teenager, she caught the eye of Ike Turner, who is known as an early influencer of Rock and Roll. The musical walks us through the journey Tina Turner took from being in Ike’s band to becoming a mother to leaving the relationship after years of abuse and then finding herself again.

The costumes, the music, the acting, it all brought the story of Tina Turner to life on stage. Some would say it was like seeing a live concert.

The second act focused on Tina’s solo career and how she eventually rose to the top with her hit single “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

Tina passed away at the age of 83 years old in 2023.

The Creators and Cast

TINA was produced by Stage Entertainment, James L. Nederlander, and Tali Pelman in association with Tina Turner and written by Tony Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins.

The musical held its last showing in Milwaukee on April 28, 2024.

For more information on MPAC showings click here.

Nyesha Stone founded Carvd N Stone in 2017 to cover positive news while attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Stone has a B.A. in Journalism. She has raised over $30,000 to award grants and scholarships. She has also been featured in ESSENCE and worked with the American Black Film Festival.

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