TINA – The Tina Turner Musical” is the brand new North American tour just coming off the show’s Broadway run. “This new musical reveals a comeback story like no other, of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of racism, sexism and ageism 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. 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.” The show features Tina Turner’s beloved hits, a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Katori Hall, and is directed by the internationally-acclaimed Phyllida Lloyd. The show opens October 4, 2022 at the National Theatre in DC.
There are many local connections to this tour including Zurin Villanueva and Nicole Powell, both Howard alums and members of DIVA Sorority; Andre Hinds, who grew up in DC and attended Old Mill High School in Millersville, MD; Antonio Beverly, a graduate of Howard Community College; and Roz White, also a Howard alum, member of DIVA Sorority, and Miss Howard 1992.
Roz White plays Zelma Bullock and is from Temple Hills, MD. Her experience includes National Tour: “Dreamgirls,” (Regional); “Amen Corner” (Shakespeare Theater Company), “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).
Can you tell our readers a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in Washington DC. I went to Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Howard University. I’m the proud mom of two sons and a Big Mama to a beautiful grandson and one on the way!
Can you tell us a bit your role in “TINA?”
I play Tina’s mother Zelma Bullock. She is a woman who is very complex and struggled with the pressure of raising a gifted child.
Besides the role in “TINA,” what is your favorite role?
Probably Pearl Bailey. We share a birthday and the similarities in our lives and performance style are uncanny.
Have you ever seen Tina Turner perform, either live or on TV or film and if so, what were your impressions of her and her music?
I used to sing along to the Private Dancer album when I was in high school. I’m a huge fan. I wanted to BE Tina Turner.
What role would you most like to play in the future?
I’d love to play Oprah Winfrey. I love playing iconic women. I believe it’s something I was destined to do. I’ve played every one from Mamie Till to Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Oprah would be amazing to dig into!
“TINA – The Tina Turner Musical” runs October 4-23, 2022 at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004. It is recommended for ages 14 and up. The show runs two hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission. For information and tickets, go online. Masks are strongly recommended but not required.