Bo­role is just sim­ply the best

Ex-TV star liv­ing her dream as the leg­endary Tina Turner

Sowetan - - Timeout Music - By Pa­tience Bam­balele

For­mer TV star Caroline Bo­role has proved that she is a great singer when she took on the role of rock and roll su­per­star Tina Turner in the trib­ute mu­si­cal.

Ti­tled Tina – Sim­ply the Best, the mu­si­cal trib­ute is on at Rood­e­poort Theatre on the west rand.

It high­lights the un­for­get­table hits from the leg­endary singer Turner.

Bo­role, the for­mer Gen­er­a­tions star, has re-branded her­self as a queen of mu­si­cals and cabaret shows. Her new role did not come as a sur­prise be­cause of her vo­cal tal­ent.

The east rand-born star was head-hunted by Aus­tralian di­rec­tor Johnny Van Grinsven for the role of Turner due to her im­pres­sive vo­cal skills.

Ooz­ing con­fi­dence and ex­pe­ri­ence, hav­ing done in­ter­na­tional mu­sic shows such as Un­der African Skies and Dream Girls, she eas­ily landed the gig.

Tina – Sim­ply The Best pre­miered last year at Sibaya Theatre in Dur­ban, and a few weeks ago it opened at Em­per­ors Palace in Kemp­ton Park.

Bo­role tells Time Out that she feels hon­oured to por­tray such a pow­er­ful per­son.

“Tina is one of the great­est mu­si­cians, who is re­spected world­wide. I feel spe­cial to play her.

“I just wish one day I can meet her,” Bo­role says.

Bo­role ad­mits that por­tray­ing some­one with such an im­pres­sive stage pres­ence is a chal­lenge. Turner is known for her en­er­getic per­for­mances.

“Since she is an en­er­getic per­son, I have to be phys­i­cally fit. I have to ac­quaint my­self with the highly in­tense danc­ing. But I am en­joy­ing my­self.

“For me this is it, I am liv­ing my dream. This is what I al­ways wanted,” she says.

Bo­role, who boasts a pow­er­ful and ver­sa­tile voice, takes the au­di­ence down mem­ory lane, singing hits such as What’s Love Got To Do With It, River Deep Moun­tain High, Proud Mary, Nut­bush City Lim­its, We Don’t Need An­other Hero, What You Get Is What You See, Pri­vate Dancer and many more.

Bo­role, who be­gan singing at the age of 10, says land­ing Turner’s role is a dream come true. She says she has loved Turner since she was young.

“My dream has just be­come a re­al­ity. I am so ex­cited do­ing some­thing that I al­ways wanted to do.”

She has toured the world with Show­time Aus­tralia and pro­duc­tions such as The Great­est Love of All: Whit­ney Hous­ton Show and the Michael Jack­son His­tory Show.

The show is on un­til De­cem­ber 16.

Caroline Bo­role has cap­ti­vated au­di­ences play­ing Tina Turner.

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