I am so proud to announce UNITY’S first student to make it to the big stage on Broadway, Matt Griffin, my nephew. On Monday, Cindy and I and Chuck & Lisa Surack flew to New York on the Surack’s private jet to see Matt Griffin in his debut appearance in the new Tina Turner Musical. Matt played the son of Tina Turner. What an amazing experience it was to see a student I’ve inspired, trained, empowered, and prepared for greatness on the Broadway stage. It was an emotional moment for me. Matt is the son of Glenda & Virgil Griffin, they enrolled Matt in the Voices of Unity at the age of 11, and he was dedicated to the process even when there were times he didn’t like the process.
Marshall White, Founder/CEO
Unity Performing Arts Foundation, Inc.
Matthew Griffin Stage Credits
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Original Broadway Production, 2019
Musical Born For This: at Arts Emerson –2018
Brad Raymond as Ronald Winans, Matthew Griffin as Carvin Winans, Jay McKenzie as Michael Winans, Nita Whitaker as Mom Winans, Loren Lott as CeCe Winans, Milton Craig Nealy as Pop Winans, Donald Webber Jr. as BeBe Winans, and Jarran Muse as Marvin Winans,
Cruel Intentions: The Musical
NYC Limited Engagement Production, 2017
The New Yorkers
Encores! Off-Center Revival, 2017
Up on the Marquee: Arrives on Broadway
TINA – THE Tina Turner MUSICAL will begin performances on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) on Saturday, October 12, 2019 with an opening night set for Thursday, November 7, 2019.
Adrienne Warren leads the cast in in the title role, with Daniel J. Watts
(Hamilton) as Ike, Dawnn Lewis (The Wiz) as Zelma, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as Tina Turner (At Some Performances) (Broadway Debut), Myra Lucretia
Taylor(Nine) as Gran Georgeanna.
Also included in the company will be Steven Booth (School of Rock), Nick Rashad Burroughs (Kinky Boots), Gerald Caesar (A Bronx Tale), Holli1 Conway (Broadway Debut), Kayla Davion (King Kong), Leandra Ellis-Gaston (Broadway Debut), Charlie Franklin (The Book of Mormon), Judith Franklin (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Matthew Griffin (Broadway Debut), Sheldon Henry (The Prom), David Jennings (Once On This Island), Ross Lekites(Frozen), Robert Lenzi (Tuck Everlasting), Gloria Manning (Broadway)
Broadway’s TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL shattered the all-time box office record at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street) for the week ending December 1, 2019. TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL’s gross for the week was $1,834,339.00, the highest for any eight-show week at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Prior to TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL, MOTOWN held the house record ($1,708,597.00) set in 2013.