This August, the home of musicals The Civic, Auckland, will host the world premiere of PACIFICA THE MUSICAL -- an original, large-scale production featuring a catalogue of the biggest Kiwi pop songs ever, a story of love and legend set in the South Seas and a riot of colour and energy synonymous with the Pacific.
With hits from artists including Hinewehi Mohi / Annie Crummer / Sola Rosa / Che Fu / Anika Moa / Hollie Smith / King Kapesi / Nesian Mystik / Brooke Fraser / P-Money / Stan Walker / Six60, this musical has been 20 years in the making and designed for a worldwide international audience.
The story begins a long time ago when a curse falls upon an island community and its descendants after a young boy loses a taonga. Fast forward to modern Auckland where a young man is told the dark secret about his island’s past. Leaving behind the girl he is falling in love with, he goes on a journey to discover the truth about his heritage, and to confront the challenge of his identity and his past. His life is changed forever.
In the tradition of smash-hit jukebox musicals like Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys, and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, PACIFICA THE MUSICAL’s score will take audiences on a magical journey, blending sounds and styles from around the Pacific, until what emerges is a cohesive sound of Aotearoa /New Zealand today.
PACIFICA THE MUSICAL will feature an all-star cast of New Zealand’s finest entertainers and the best exponents of stage craft, with vocal direction and cameo performance from the Lion King’s Nick Afoa, musical direction from Stan Walker and Teeks’ MD, Jacob Nansen; and dazzling Pacific inspired costumes. Choreography will be by Hadleigh Pouesi, whose Sweet & Sour crew brought back New Zealand’s first gold medal from the World Hip Hop Championships.