Global phenomenon Paul Potts joins outstanding cast
Published: 8 December 2022
Producers of 50 GOLDEN YEARS OF MUSICALS are delighted to announce that global phenomenon Paul Potts will join the outstanding NZ cast of this tour of New Zealand in April.
The Welsh tenor who shot to fame by winning Britain’s Got Talent with his extraordinary performance of Nessun Dorma will be a special guest, performing some of the greatest musical theatre songs from the past five decades including Chicago and Starlight Express as well as the song that changed his life.
50 GOLDEN YEARS OF MUSICALS celebrates the unprecedented musical journey of New Zealand’s longest serving producers, Stewart and Tricia Macpherson, with Paul representing the hundreds of international artists they have toured in their stellar careers. More artists to be announced shortly.
The event that will visit 10 cities in April 2023, will feature the greatest songs from the greatest musicals including Blood Brothers, The Rocky Horror Show, Evita, Starlight Express, Flashdance, Million Dollar Quartet, American Idiot, Pirates of Penzance, Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde and Phantom of the Opera.
Featuring a setlist from their catalogue of personal favourites, songs such as Time Warp from Rocky Horror, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from Evita, the classic Memory from Cats, All That Jazz from Chicago and the high-energy What A Feeling … and many more will have audiences singing and re-living many memories.
Bullied and taunted at school, singing in the local church choir proved to be a sanctuary for Paul. Listening to La Boheme at aged 16, Paul fell in love with opera, a romance that was to set him on a turbulent journey that would eventually lead him to win the first series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2007. Truly a life-changing event, Paul released his multi-Platinum debut album ‘One Chance’ that year, topped the charts in 13 countries, appeared on Oprah (twice), brought Times Square to a standstill, announced a global arena tour and became a household name in cities from Seoul to New York and Sydney to Hamburg.
Paul’s story has since inspired the Hollywood film ‘One Chance’ starring James Corden. But the story doesn’t end there. Paul is constantly touring, having now performed well over 1000 times across 45 countries. Since Paul’s BGT win, he has released a further six studio albums. Paul’s latest album Musica Non Proibita, is a double album of arias that Paul performed during his ‘At Home’ sessions during lockdown.
Paul has also appeared on America’s Got Talent: The Champions where he made it to the Grand Final beating out other winners from around the world. Despite the last few tumultuous years for the touring industry, Paul has managed to perform in South Korea, Japan, Scandinavia, Germany, the UK and Wales in addition to spending many months in the recording studio. In April this year, Paul appeared as the ‘Koala’ in Germany’s version of ‘The Masked Singer’ performing classics from A-Ha, Toto, Elton John and Dua Lipa and he is currently on tour in Denmark.