Tina Turner tribute is ‘Simply The Best’

Rebecca O'Connor as Tina Turner, pictured with her band. Inset: in full flow at the Theatre Royal.

Rebecca O'Connor as Tina Turner, pictured with her band. Inset: in full flow at the Theatre Royal.

Rebecca O’Connor from Cork City wowed Theatre Royal audiences last week with her tribute performance as the iconic Tina Turner.
She told the audience about listening to her parents’ music and how she loved Tina Turner’s music above all others.
In 2002, she won the ‘Stars in their Eyes Europe’ international talent contest and now is based in Melbourne from where she now tours extensively. She played Waterford two years ago and made a welcome return last week with her band. She had a litany of costume changes during the show, which also featured some superb dancers and some experienced rock and roll performers, such as drummer Dennis Dunstan, who is Rebecca’s manager and a former manager of Fleetwood Mac.
Her performance as Tina Turner was spellbinding terms of voice, posture and movement and spearheaded a great night’s entertainment.
She worked her way splendidly through a range of hits, including ‘Nutbush City Limits’, ‘Simply The Best’ (during the Encore), ‘Proud Mary’, along with ‘Private Dancer’ (in a burlesque-like performance) and covers of hits from the Beatles, Gladys Knight and Dionne Warwick.
This was a spectacular show, very well produced and with a great sound, be it the saxophonist during ‘Private Dancer’ or the superb guitar version of ‘O Sole Mio’ performed by Australian guitarist and Musical Director Neil Goudge.
The crowd were initially slow to join in but Rebecca worked both herself and the audience up into a happy tumult and with her amazing energy, she sent the punters home happy. Try and see them the next time they perform in Ireland. You will not be disappointed!

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