UK producers have already held round one of auditions in Sydney for the demanding lead role, according to promoter Paul Dainty.
“We’re very optimistic we’ll find some great Tinas,” he told AAP.
“There’s been a few in London because you need a few. We’re very confident that we’ll have a dynamite cast.”
The show premiered in the British capital in 2018 and went on to break box-office records.
Actress Adrienne Warren performs during the opening night of “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Known as the Queen of rock ‘n’ roll, Tina Turner has sold more than 100 million records and collected 12 Grammy awards.
Having grown up in an abusive household and escaped a violent marriage to her first husband and musical partner Ike Turner, she achieved international stardom as a solo performer in her forties with the smash-hit Private Dancer album in 1984.
Mr Dainty got involved in the musical project seven years ago – before there was a script or signed contracts with the star – believing Tina Turner’s life story would make for a hit show when combined with her songs.
“You laugh together, you cry together, you get emotional and hear these amazing songs woven through the show, which not many musicals are able to deliver,” he said.
Tina Turner has a long connection with Australia, having first toured the country in the 1970s.
She starred alongside Mel Gibson in the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985, while her hit song The Best has soundtracked memorable National Rugby League campaigns.
“Australia has always shared abundant love with me … It is very special for me that we will be reunited,” Tina Turner said in a statement released on Monday.
“The joy, passion and message of resilience in my musical is so important now as ever.
“Thank you from the bottom my heart for welcoming me with open arms once again.”
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical will play at the Royal Theatre Sydney in 2023.
© AAP 2022