Holli´ Conway, Miss Louisiana 2018, will make her Broadway debut this fall in “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” set to open in the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. Conway is listed in the cast list as an Ikette and member of the ensemble. She said it’s going to be a great musical.
“Who didn’t look up to Tina Turner?” she laughed, talking about singing along with her songs in the mirror.
Conway, a 2016 magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern State University, ended her reign as Miss Louisiana in June. She used her time holding the title to inspire others and said before that she didn’t think her goals were big enough when she first won the crown. Broadway has always been her dream. Conway majored in theater with an emphasis on musical theater at Northwestern State and previously acted as a playlist production vocalist for Carnival cruise lines. On the ship, she said, they played “Proud Mary” a lot and did lip sync battles among the employees.
Conway, who won the talent preliminary and was second runner-up in Miss America 2018, came home to Louisiana and started the audition process. She submitted a tape for the role last November and didn’t hear anything until May 12 when she got the call that she needed to continue the audition process. The cast list was announced in July.
Conway will be on stage with Tony-nominated Adrienne Warren playing Tina Turner. Daniel J. Watts is cast as Ike Turner.
Conway made the move to New York City and started costume fittings soon after she was cast.
The first preview will be Oct. 12. Opening night is set for Nov. 7.