The producer of PACIFICA THE MUSICAL is proud to announce an all-star cast for this love story set in the South Pacific opening at the home of musicals, The Civic, next month.
New Zealand’s finest Pacifica music artists, Tik Tok stars, and multi-award winning voices will take audiences on a beautiful journey from Aotearoa to a mythical Pacific Island, performing a catalogue of our biggest pop songs ever from artists including Hinewehi Mohi, Annie Crummer, Che Fu, Anika Moa, Hollie Smith, King Kapisi, Nesian Mystik, Brooke Fraser, P-Money, Stan Walker and Six60.
The production is a coming of age project for New Zealand creatives, transcending cultural shows to deliver a large-scale theatre show akin to musicals like Mamma Mia! and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, by telling stories through hits that have been a soundtrack to our lives.
The Lion King star, Nick Afoa, will lead the cast as vocal coach and will also perform the role of kaumatua – a nod to his stellar international career as Simba on stages in Australia, the West End and New Zealand.
In the lead role of Tanga, is Jerry-Moses Roebeck, an island reggae artist and Tik Tok influencer with some 10 million views, and musician who tours with international artists including Fia, Stan Walker, Sammy J and many more. He will alternate the role with Selevasio Tu’ima (Sio) from the Rangatahi band Tone6.
Alternating in the lead female role of Venus, the love interest of Tanga, will be award-winning performer and the Voice of the Pacific vocal artist, Irene Folau; and Ezra Williams – winner of Best Pacific Female Artist and Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist at the Pacific Music Awards in 2019, dancer, and actress whose credits include Romeo & Juliet, Madagascar the Musical, The Little Shop of Horrors.
Performer La KoKo (aka Latoia Sasa-Tepania) will play one of the Aunties. She is a multi-nominated Pacific Music Awards artist and Waiata Māori Music Awards winner 2020, and Best Māori R&B Album and Best Pacific Soul/R&B Artist for her song Waiting.
Musical direction is from Stan Walker and Teeks’ MD, Jacob Nansen, and Pacifica inspired costumes are produced by film industry veteran Eithne Curran. Choreography is by Hadleigh Pouesi,
PACIFICA THE MUSICAL is written and produced by entertainment industry producer Pak Peacocke, whose work has been with some of the world’s biggest artists including INXS, Talking Heads, Simple Minds, U2 and Elton John.
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