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Tina Turner showed up to the show based one her life this past Thursday night, bringing the Broadway audience to their feet. The music icon, 79, appeared at “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City, and surprised the audience with a post-show speech.

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The stars shined on opening night with a star-studded crowd, including Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Martha Stewart, Tiffany Haddish, Sunny Hostin, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, Tituss Burgess, Christine Baranski and Anna Wintour.

The musical follows the life and career of Turner, including turbulent times she endured.