|Devised & Performed by Mika
World Premiere: Wellington, NZ 2000
UK Premiere Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh 2000
Voice of an angel - mouth of a devil!!! Movie classics with a scrumptious Maori twist
Mika is a gay, Maori, cabaret icon with a voice that ranges from Barbra Streisand to Tom Jones and a body that can dance like Gene Kelly or Liza Minnelli...
Having exploded on to the UK circuit at Edinburgh 1997, he returned in 2000 with a naughty concoction of anthemic songs and quick-fire humour in a wicked Vegas tribute to the big divas, Whitney, Celine and Barbra... With intense passion and a strong twist of irony Mika offers a unique Polynesian take on showbiz glamour - all cunningly pitched somewhere between parody and tribute.
The score is a feast of zany arrangements of movie themes and big show classics delivered with Mika's vast voice. Some are operatic, some are tribal and, of course, there's lashings of Bacharach. Mika's dance fuses Broadway with Maori - funky Haka and slinky Hula. And there's chat too - globetrotting tales, risqué gags and off-the-cuff banter full of cheek, charisma and more colour than Disney.
Mika, the global showman, is much larger than life, and he whips up a heady party atmosphere that truly proves this is a new Millennium. In his glamorous costumes and platform shoes he certainly isn't the Maori on your Auntie's postcard!
MIKA'S TRIBAL HOLLYWOOD
"Hot from New Zealand, one-man drag extravaganza Mika has a personality big enough to fill Madison Square Gardens ten times over, yet his personal touch means you half expect his granny to pop in with a tray of cuppas. ... Mika's proud of his Maori roots - an expected break into a spot of hoofing becomes a glorious show-time haka. A near-perfect evening of glamorous fun for all the family" (Nick Awde, The Stage 24/08/00)
"Mika, the Maori Madonna, is a Fringe staple... It features a nifty pop songbook, from Bacharach tunes to Aretha covers and Bond themes, plus several outrageously camp costume changes, including a sexy crotch fringe, shredded fetishist's ballgown, and a Ziegfeld geisha girl get-up via Star Wars... [a] shaggable star." (Donald Hutera, The List 24/08/00)
"Mika is unique. A one-man extravaganza, he explodes onto the stage in a dazzle of powder-blue glitter like some fabulous exotic little monster.. Mika is an extraordinary duality of butch and femme and not just vocally.. Best of all, the show manages, over the musical schmaltz and under the glitter, to be powerfully Maori in the dance and in the music and in the words.. Let the man from the Land of the Long White Cloud make your life a little exotic for an hour. You'll love it." (Kate Copstick, The Scotsman 23/08/00)