THE Wanted’s Siva Kaneswaran will make his theatrical debut in the 2023 tour of new musical La Bamba!, appearing at the Grand Opera House, York, from November 7 to 11.
Dublin-born boyband singer and songwriter and Dancing On Ice contestant Kaneswaran, 34, will play Mateo alongside Strictly Come Dancing champion Pasha Kovalev and rising star Inês Fernandez in the lead role of Sofia.
La Bamba! – A Musical tells the story of how the power of music can transform a generation and celebrate a community.
Sofia, 17, from Los Angeles, has music in her blood. From the moment her father handed her a guitar, her dream was to become a superstar. Inspired by her musical heroes and with the help of her family, Sofia discovers that even the longest journey begins with a single step.
As she mixes the music from her roots with the music in her heart, Sofia dreams of bringing together a community that has never felt more divided.
La Bamba! combines Latin, R&B and timeless rock and pop to tell “the ultimate feel-good story of a young girl with a big voice, big dreams, and an even bigger heart”.
The full company will include Bethan Mitchell, Stefani Ariza, Julia Ruiz Fernandez, Nicolle Matheu, Gabriella Rose-Marchant, Alex Sturman, Tristan Ghostkeeper and Luke Jarvis.
La Bamba! is directed by multi-award-winning American director Ray Roderick and features choreography by Graziano Di Prima, Erica Da Silva and associate choreography by Giada Lini.
The soundtrack will span the Latin genre from traditional folk songs to chart-topping pop anthems, all arranged by award-winning Alfonso Casado-Trigo for “a fiesta of a lifetime”.
Tickets for the 7.30pm evening shows and 2.30pm Wednesday and Saturday matinees in York are on sale at atgtickets.com.york.