In an enchanting turn of events, Bermudian actor Rowan Vickers, a self-proclaimed “mega fan” of Tina Turner, has landed the role of a lifetime in the North American tour of ‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’. This tour marks an exciting pivot in Vickers’ career, temporarily sidelining his plans to stage Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ in Bermuda. Vickers’ summer drama intensive in Bermuda, co-run with his wife Leigha Sinnott, hangs in the balance as he embarks on this thrilling journey through August.
Vickers’ enthusiasm is palpable as he expresses his delight in being part of this “huge machine” that is a Broadway national tour. He relishes the opportunity to travel and experience the country while being immersed in a story he deeply believes in. Vickers acknowledges the magnitude of the production, highlighting the large crew and cast involved in bringing Tina Turner’s legendary story to life.
From Humble Beginnings to Global Stardom: The Story of Tina Turner
The musical, which premiered in London in 2018 and opened on Broadway a year later, narrates the iconic journey of Tina Turner. From her modest start in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her ascent as a global superstar, the show is a tribute to Turner’s resilience and talent. Featuring Turner’s hit songs, the production has captivated audiences worldwide, with shows in Australia, Spain, Germany, and beyond.
Vickers, with an impressive list of credits including the Apple TV+ series ‘Silo’, joined the tour in San Jose, California. In his first musical role, he plays multiple characters, notably John Carpenter of Capitol Records, finding the experience both exhilarating and joyful.
A Year on the Road: The Life of a Touring Actor
The tour’s demanding schedule takes Vickers across the country, from the West Coast to the East, with week-long stints in each city. The cast travels on Mondays and performs from Tuesday to Sunday, including matinee shows on weekends. Vickers looks forward to potentially welcoming Bermudian audiences in nearby locations like North Carolina or Toronto.
Witnessing audiences connect with the musical is a gift for Vickers. He describes the show as a celebration of Tina Turner’s life and legacy, set to the soundtrack of her extraordinary journey. The emotional resonance of the story with audiences is a humbling experience for him, affirming the profound impact of Turner’s legacy.
For Rowan Vickers, every day is a celebration as he performs to the tunes of Tina Turner, keeping her inspiring legacy alive. The musical, a testament to overcoming adversity, continues to touch hearts and inspire audiences across North America.
Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Musical Phenomenon
Delving into the backstage world of ‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’, Rowan Vickers reveals the intricacies of bringing such a large-scale production to life. The synergy between the cast and crew is the lifeblood of the show, creating a dynamic atmosphere that fuels every performance.
Vickers shares how the team works tirelessly, from set designers to choreographers, ensuring each scene captures the essence of Tina Turner’s storied career. The attention to detail in recreating the singer’s iconic moments is a testament to the dedication and skill of everyone involved.
Vickers also speaks about the rigorous rehearsals and vocal training required to meet the show’s demanding standards. He highlights the importance of staying physically and vocally fit, given the intensity of the performances. The actor’s transition from TV and film to musical theatre presented its unique challenges, but Vickers embraced these with enthusiasm and dedication, adding new dimensions to his artistic repertoire.
Embracing the Spirit of Tina Turner: A Cast United
The camaraderie among the cast members of ‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’ is a crucial element that Vickers cherishes. He describes the ensemble as a family, bound together by their shared passion for storytelling and admiration for Tina Turner’s legacy. This unity is palpable in their performances, as they collectively channel the energy and spirit of Turner’s music. Vickers notes that this bond has been a source of strength and inspiration, particularly during the demanding tour schedule.
Special moments like the cast’s visit to Tina Turner’s former high school in St. Louis, which garnered local TV news coverage and led to the mayor proclaiming November as Tina Turner Month, highlight the cultural impact of the musical. Such experiences, according to Vickers, are not just about performing but also about connecting with communities and honoring the cultural icons they represent.
Don’t miss the chance to witness this electrifying tribute to Tina Turner’s legacy. Grab your Tina Turner musical tickets now and join the celebration of a lifetime with Tina! 🎉