Tina – Simply the Best Tribute Show (Review)

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It was April. It was my matric year. It was Tina Turner’s Wildest Dreams concert which took place in my hometown, Durban at the Kings Park Stadium and I was there!  I grew up loving her music as my late mum was very fond of her music. I still know all the lyrics to many of her songs. It comes as no surprise I was thrilled to attend the Tina – Simply the Best Tribute show by Showtime Australia, currently on at the Roodepoort Theatre.

I attended the opening night which was last Thursday, the 6th of December 2018.  Caroline Borole performs some of the greatest hits of Tina Turner.  Just as I recall how Tina Turner had such a remarkable stage persona at the concert I had the pleasure of attending in my matric year, Caroline Borole too, embodied Tina Turner in an astoundingly similar spirit.

She oozed with confidence in her charismatic and electrifying performance, whilst taking on the role of Tina Turner, not only as a singer with powerful vocals but also the attitude and the dance moves…even her great pair of legs!  There was evidently lots of work that went into such punctilious planning which resulted in us experiencing a show in true Tina Turner style!

Caroline Borole engaged with the audience throughout the show. She was full (understatement) of energy! She performed those dance moves fantastically! If you also had the pleasure of watching Tina Turner live in concert, then you will know that it was an adrenaline-pumping show! She gave you lots to watch and so too did Caroline Borole, who is South African by the way!

She performs! From start to end, you see her sweat and gee whiz, I was sitting in the audience feeling hot as there didn’t seem to be air-conditioners, just a few fans – so hats off to Caroline Borole for pulling off a performance like that when it felt so warm. So take note and wear something cool when you go to the show. Getting back to my original point of her performance – it was entertaining. You’re probably asking, “well, what else do you expect at a show…of course it has to be entertaining,”

Yes, you’re right, it should be, but it isn’t always. I’ve walked out of a few shows during intermission because it wasn’t at all entertaining. Caroline Borole will have you tapping your feet, clapping your hands and standing up to dance for most of the show.

Here are more photos I took on the opening night:

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I expected an “older” crowd in the audience but I was not on point there. There were MANY younger people and they were clearly enjoying the show.   The lyrics in the songs brought back nostalgic memories for me.

I was captivated and still am, by Caroline Borole’s performance.  If you, or anyone you know, is a Tina Turner fan, trust me when I say that you will not be disappointed by going to this show, which is on at the Roodepoort Theatre until the 16th of December 2018.  Tina Turner is a living icon and Caroline Borole passionately, dedicatedly and respectfully pays tribute to her in the most remarkable way.

Showtime Australia has done it again, with this amazing production! I’m super proud that Caroline Borole is South African, just like Belinda Davids in the Whitney Houston Tribute Show.

Book your tickets via Webtickets or directly from the Roodepoort Theatre.

If you need some convincing, here’s a snippet of some of the songs I put together from opening night.


If you are a Tina Turner fan, I’d love to know which is your favourite song of hers in the comments below. 

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