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Totally Tina will be rocking into Newark Palace Theatre

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An award-winning Tina Turner tribute is returning to Newark next week, recreating many of the hits of the powerhouse performer.

Totally Tina is at Newark’s Palace Theatre on Saturday, May 7.

It stars Justine Riddoch, who has spent years constantly honing her homage to the legendary singer.

Justine performing as Tina in Totally Tina (56212032)
Justine performing as Tina in Totally Tina (56212032)

Justine has been singing professionally for 30 years and is a past winner of television talent show Stars In Their Eyes.

She said: “I am thrilled by the success of this production. We have come so far.

“Having been told on many occasions that I sounded like Tina, I decided to take the plunge and then spent hours familiarising myself with her life story and scrutinising video footage to watch mannerisms and body movements.”

Justine performing as Tina in Totally Tina (56212038)
Justine performing as Tina in Totally Tina (56212038)

Tina Turner’s career spans several decades, from early hits like River Deep ­— Mountain High, Proud Mary and Nutbush City Limits to later smash-hits, such as We Don’t Need Another Hero, Simply The Best and What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Justine performs them all with passion and an attention to detail that ensures an authentic recreation of the rock and roll queen’s live performances.

This year the cast and crew of Totally Tina are pulling out all the stops, with new costumes, custom-made performances and the band’s now famous humour.

Justine performing as Tina (56212035)
Justine performing as Tina (56212035)

Justine said: “We always add our own personality to the show each year; the element of surprise keeps things fresh, but my ultimate aim is to remain faithful to a Tina Turner live concert paying tribute to her career, and bring the best version of this amazing woman; her voice, her passion and even her legs, to her many fans.”

“That’s why we love it when people tell us that they go away feeling as though they have seen the real thing.

“We love what we do, and we’re lucky enough to have an incredibly loyal army of fans here and overseas. We look forward to meeting many more new fans this year.”

On Friday, May 6, there is An Evening With Simon And Oscar From Ocean Colour Scene at the Palace.

The Brit Pop stars will be performing acoustic versions of hits from their 25-year career.

Their songs include The Riverboat Song, The Circle, Traveller’s Tune, Hundred Mile High City and The Day We Caught The Train.

These shows are the latest chapter in a remarkable career that’s seen OCS rise from Breton shirt-wearing Stone Roses disciples to one of Britpop’s biggest bands (their 1998 arena tour was the biggest by any UK group that year). In their 30 years together, they’ve enjoyed five Top 10 albums, six Top 10 singles and a mantelpiece full of awards. But behind all the swagger and the style were great songs, with words and melodies that found their way into your head and heart. It’s time to hear these songs again, stripped back but every bit as brilliant.

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