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Naomi Rodgers, who grew up singing in a N.C. church, talks about playing the iconic Tina Turner


Naomi Rodgers was touring with the musical “Frozen” when she got a text message about an opportunity to star as Tina Turner in a future production.

“Hey, do you think Tina is in your wheelhouse?” her agent asked. 

Though somewhat unfamiliar with the Tina Turner story, Rodgers submitted an audition tape and, one day later, landed the role.

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, the Virginia Beach native who grew up in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, will come to Charlotte with the traveling production of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” which opens at Belk Theater.

Rodgers, 23, shares the role with Brooklyn, New York, native Zurin Villanueva, who doubles as the legendary singer/actor born Anna Mae Bullock, winner of 12 Grammy Awards.

Rodgers said the two performers are needed to offset the physical demands of being on stage for more than two hours while performing close to 20 songs.





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