Our Tim’s taking the function of Ike within the Tina present

Tim Omaji… to play Ike Turner. Photograph: Stu Miller.

CANBERRA-raised musical star Tim Omaji will play the function of Ike Turner alongside Ruva Ngwena as Tina Turner in “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical,” opening on the Theatre Royal, Sydney in Could.

Omaji, higher identified across the music traps of the ACT underneath his stage title, Timomatic, is a former Narrabundah School pupil who first arrived as a 10-month-old from Nigeria together with his household, who initially lived within the previous, now-demolished Griffith flats.

He says: “The Tina Turner story is certainly one of overcome immense tragedy and I’m honoured to take up the gauntlet from the superb Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, who gained the Olivier Award for Finest Actor for his portrayal of Ike within the unique West Finish manufacturing.”

He was one of many first lecturers at Francis Owusu’s youth empowerment organisation, Kulture Break, then went on to change into a contestant on “So You Assume You Can Dance Australia” and as a singing contestant on “Australia’s Obtained Expertise”.

As Timomatic, he signed with Sony Music Australia and went on to change into a four-time platinum recording artist.

However Omaji is now making a reputation for himself in musicals. I noticed him final 12 months in Melbourne the place he performed Toulouse-Lautrec in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” however he has additionally starred in “In The Heights”, “Fame The Musical”, “Madiba The Musical – A Celebration of the Lifetime of Nelson Mandela”, “Saturday Evening Fever” and “Lease”.

The casting is a certain affirmation of the Canberra’s function as a seeding-ground for theatre performers however, unsurprisingly, not a phrase about his Canberra origins seems in any of the official media to this point.