Understudy Ari Groover Loses Her Wig But Not Her Cool In ‘Tina Turner’ Musical


Understudy Ari Groover lost her wig playing Tina Turner on Broadway Friday ― but she kept rolling.

In a performance of “Proud Mary,” Groover bobbed her shaggy hairpiece like the rock legend Turner and it flew off.

Groover kept her head, tossing the wig aside as she continued the high-energy number.

Groover has been playing a few supporting characters in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” while waiting in the wings to fill in for lead actor Nkeki Obi-Melekwe.

The biomusical salute to the “What’s Love Got To Do With It” star opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on Nov. 7, 2019, and went dark with the rest of Broadway during the pandemic. The play, which earned 12 Tony Award nominations, reopened in October 2021.


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