The Wanted's Siva Kaneswaran joins the star cast of La Bamba!

Wed 24 May 2023

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

La Bamba! is a pulsating dance musical that 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 2nd September 2023. La Bamba! will continue a UK tour until December 2023.

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 fifth of pop band The Wanted, Siva has recently appeared in ITV’s Dancing On Ice. He will 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.

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 an electric soundtrack of Latin pop anthems. Tickets on sale now for the fiesta of a lifetime!

La Bamba! opens at Curve Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 August, and tickets are on sale now. To find out more and book, visit, call 0116 242 3595 or visit Curve’s Box Office in-person.


Paul Morrissey, Christopher Wheeler presents: LA BAMBA – A MUSICAL

This production is recommended for ages 7 +.


Cast & Creatives

Ricardo – Pasha Kovalev Currently scheduled until Saturday 2nd September 2023.

Mateo – Siva Kaneswaran

Sofia – Inês Fernandez

Elena – Stefani Ariza


Bethan Mitchell – Ensemble / Dance Captain

Julia Ruiz Fernandez – Ensemble

Nicolle Matheu – Ensemble

Gabriella Rose-Marchant – Ensemble / Cover Sofia

Alex Sturman – Ensemble

Tristan Ghostkeeper – Ensemble

Luke Jarvis – Ensemble / Cover Mateo & Ricardo.


DirectorRay Roderick

Choreographer Graziano Di Prima & Erica Da Silva

Associate Choreographer – Giada Lini

Musical Supervisor and Arranger – Alfonso Casado-Trigo

Lighting DesignJack Weir


Further casting and creatives to be announced.