Past Event25 Jun - 1 Jul 2021

Thoroughly Modern Māui

No longer available

Wintergarden, The Civic



Many moons ago, a superhero of a different kind ruled this side of the Pacific. His name was Māui-Tikitiki-A-TarangaMĀUI.

A warrior and demigod, his adventures are woven into the fabric of Pacific history. In Aotearoa, this ‘Māori Superman’ was fast, fit, and funny. He was the total package. He slowed the sun, fished up the North Island and brought fire to the world – to name just a few of his feats!

The burgeoning music theatre star that is Rutene Spooner is channelling this Māori hero into a modern-day icon at the Auckland Live Cabaret Season – complete with rhinestones and glitter. This ‘haka-boogie-hori’ will be pulling out all his tricks from the past and reincarnating Māui into a living breathing musical rock star before your very eyes. Don’t miss the world premiere filled with charmingly quick-witted songs, hilarious antics and heart-felt story telling live at the Wintergarden, The Civic and experience this cultural hero and trickster shape shift once more.

About Rutene Spooner:
He’s toured Australia performing in the cast of Jersey Boys, performed in the largest Fringe Festival in the world, Edinburgh Fringe, he’s no stranger to the Modern Māori Quartet, and some say he’s the next Sir Howard Morrison.



Before or after the show, journey through the depths of The Civic to find The Secret Piano Bar, Club-a-lub-a-ling-long and enjoy performances by some surprise guests, get your fortune told, you might even meet a few new weird and wonderful friends along the way.

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Rutene Spooner talks about Thoroughly Modern Māui

Auckland Live Cabaret Season 2021

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