A Wicked time with Laga’aia
One of Auckland’s most recognisable faces is coming home to star in an acclaimed Broadway musical on its 10th anniversary.
‘‘Put the corn beef on, I’m coming home,’’ singer, stage and screen actor Jay Laga’aia says.
He’s set to play the lead role of Oz in the box office hit Wicked this September and is rapt to be returning home with the role.
‘‘It’s going to take a while to get this gift through customs but this is the gift that’ll continue to give, so to bring such a huge production to the Civic Theatre is a joy for me as an Auckland boy.’’
The born performer has carved a solid acting and singing career in Australia over the last 17 years in roles from Star Wars, The Lion King and iconic Australian programme Home and Away.
‘‘I saw the opening of Wicked in Sydney with my daughter and was gobsmacked by the production levels and I think it’ll inspire a whole new breed of Kiwi performers.’’
Laga’aia will be celebrating a personal milestone of his own when he returns too.
‘‘For me it’s great as it ties in with my 50th birthday so it’s a double celebration.
‘‘The biggest fear is all the ticket requests from my relations. You know that tatou-tatou stuff.’’
Also on the cards will be visits to Auckland schools, a role he’s familiar with in Australia as a children’s entertainer.
‘‘To be able to come home and extend that branch as well is a huge buzz. It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish and the journey that you take.
‘‘And hopefully I’ll hook up with my mate Temuera Morrison to get some money he owes me.’’