The Wanted band member joins cast of La Bamba: The Musical which will visit Wyvern

By Jessica Durston - 30 May 2023

Arts and Culture

La Bamba: The Musical, starring The Wanted's Siva Kaneswaran, will visit the Wyvern Theatre this October.

Paul Morrissey Ltd is pleased to announce the casting for the world premiere of the new musical, La Bamba.

La Bamba! is described as 'a pulsating dance musical' that audiences are sure to love.

The show will open at Curve in Leicester on Tuesday, 1st August 2023 before heading to London’s Peacock Theatre, Sadler’s Wells West End theatre, for a limited season on Tuesday 22 August. 

2023 until Saturday 2 September 2023. La Bamba! will continue a UK tour until December 2023. Swindon's Wyvern Theatre will see the musical tour visit from Tuesday 24 October - Saturday 28 October.

Joining previously announced Strictly Come Dancing champion Pasha Kovalev, will be boyband star Siva Kaneswaran playing the role of Mateo. Singer and songwriter and best known for being one firth of pop band The Wanted, Siva has recently appeared in ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

He will also be joined by rising star Inês Fernandez in the lead role of Sofia.

La Bamba! tells the story of how the power of music can transform a generation and celebrate a community.

A spokesperson for the show continued: "Sofia, a 17-year-old 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! is a jaw-dropping new musical that 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 includes 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.

This brand-new musical will feature music from across the Latin genre from traditional folk songs to recent chart-topping hits all arranged by award-winning musical maestro, Alfonso Casado-Trigo.

La Bamba! features a soundtrack of Latin pop anthems.

Audience members should note that Pasha Kovalev is currently scheduled until Saturday 2 September, and therefore will not be featured in the Swindon cast. 

Tickets for the Swindon dates (24 - 28 October) can be found online at

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