Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Taking the Tour to Feinstein's 54 Below & extra show added for Belfast

Earlier today Rachel & her Musical Director Kris Rawlinson of Parallel Productions took to Facebook Live for an impromptu chat & cheeky announcement ....




They announced that Rachel Tucker will be taking her tour to New York for her solo debut at the highly acclaimed Feinstein's 54 Below in September for a 3 night run, Wednesday 27th, Friday 29th & Saturday 30th September at 7pm.



So for all the fans who've been dying for a solo show from Rachel over the pond, your prayers have been answered, and you've got time to plan that trip/save up for it. So get planning/booking as soon as possible.

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Also while we're talking about adding shows to Rachel's solo tour. It was also announced today that due to the high demand for tickets in Belfast, the Belfast MAC have added an extra show on Sunday 14th May @ 5pm, so for all those in Ireland hoping to catch Rachel get booking ASAP, she's sure to sell out in no time.






Tea with Wilma!

In the weekend Westend Wilma teased that he was off to spend the day getting a sneak peak behind the scenes at rehearsals for Rachel's upcoming Live at Zedel gigs & that he'd be sharing some special interviews and bits and bobs with us soon.





Yesterday we were treated to the "Knowing Me, Knowing You" round of questions with Rachel.


 Then today we got the full length interview with snippets of Rachel rehearsing 'I'll Cover You.'



Stay posted to @Westend Wilma on Twitter, the official website & subscribe to the Youtube Channel as there is supposed to be 4 videos from their day together in rehearsals. So we've only seen half for now. Can't wait to see what else we've got to come.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Solo Tour around the UK

It was announced Live via Parallel Productions Facebook page on Friday that Rachel Tucker is going to be taking her show on the road in May & June. With Guy Retallack officially in the directors chair & in collaboration with Parallel Productions and Fane Productions. Check out the FB Live announcement below.


'Audiences can expect an intimate gig with a mix of some classic jazz, soul, and musical theatre favourites plus a few surprises along the way.' 

During the chat Rachel talks again about having guests at some of, if not all of her gigs, but looks like we still have to wait and see who they'll be. The comments section shows how keen the fans are for a reunion with Louise Dearman, so let's keep our fingers crossed they can get her on board for at least one, as that'd be one heck of a reunion. So as of now no guests confirmed, but who else would you like to see? Tweet us your suggestions, we're interested to know.

Speaking of suggestions, what songs are you dying to hear Rachel sing? Tweet us those too.

Rachel Tucker 'Live In Concert' tickets range in price from £15 - £30 (plus booking fees).
For all the show & booking information check out these links:

Saturday - 13th May - Belfast MAC - 7:45pm - £22.50  (plus booking fee)
Sunday - 19th May - Gate Cardiff - 7:30pm - £20  (plus booking fee)
Monday - 29th May - Durham Grand - 7:30pm - £17/£ 22  (plus booking fee)
Tuesday - 30th May - Lancaster Grand - 7:30pm - £20/£26  (plus booking fee)
Wednesday - 31st May - Bury St Edmund’s Apex - 7:30pm - £20/£26  (plus booking fee)
Saturday - 3rd June - Capitol Theatre Horsham - 8pm -  £15/£26  (plus booking fee)
Mon/Tues/Wed - 5th, 6th & 7th June -  Live At Zedel - 7pm - £30 (plus booking fee)
Fri/Saturday - 9th & 10th June - Birmingham Pizza Express Live  8:30pm -  £25  (plus booking fee)


During the Facebook Live Chat Rachel mentioned she was off to a photoshoot to prepare some promo for the tour & later shared a few sneak peaks which you can check out below.

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Then Parallel Productions shared a wee sneak peak of their own. How stunning is Rachel looking guys? Can't wait to see all the promo that's coming for #TuckerOnTour.


Whats On Stage has the scoop &  Westend Wilma has it covered too.

So whose excited for Rachel Tucker 'Live In Concert?' Don't mind me i'll just be doing my happy dance over here.


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Another Live @ Zedel Date Added

Ask and you shall receive, due to popular demand Rachel has added another date to her Live at Zedel concerts. After the previous 3 gigs on March 20/21st @ 7pm & March 25th @ 11pm sold out within the week. We now have the added date of Thursday 23rd March at the slightly later time of 9:15pm, perfect for those working late or travelling a little further.



By my calculations there's approximately 6 or so tickets left as at.. 7:30pm so get booking or you will once again miss out.. if you do miss out don't despair as tickets sometimes pop back up closer to the dates of gigs with people having other things get in the way.

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Earlier today Rachel took to instagram to tease about what could be in store for these gigs & I for one am even more excited.



Then at 4:37pm, fashionably late in true Rachel style, she took to the Parallel Productions Facebook page for a Live chat with us all about her upcoming gigs & what we're in for. Announcing the added gig & confirming that she will indeed have some guests, but as yet has not & may not be announced. Rachel even had a wee sing song alongside with Kris Rawlinson on the keys, to help build the excitement even further.

Seriously it's been so long since i've heard Rachel sing something not Wicked & this has filled my heart with joy. Simply can not wait for these gigs, there's no doubt that they will be something truly special & memorable. So if you haven't already, quickly jump on the Zedel site & BOOK!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Rachel to perform three shows as part of Live At Zedel season

It has been announced that Rachel is going to be performing a set of 3 intimate solo shows in London as part of Brasserie Zedel's 'Live at Zedel' season. The shows will be on Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st March at 7pm & a special late show on Saturday 25th March at 11pm. This will be the first time Rachel has done such intimate solo shows of this nature. The venue itself, formally The Crazy Coq's is a charming 80 seater venue, making you feel like you're spending a casual, but somewhat fancy evening in with one of the Westend & Broadway's leading ladies. The show is going to be directed by Rachel's husband & acclaimed director Guy Retallack & is brought to us by Parallel Productions.

UPDATE* - In less than a week the shows are already SOLD OUT. So if you want to catch Rachel & missed booking, keep an eye on the the website & the @LiveAtZedel & Parallel Productions Twitter accounts & Follow us @RTFB1981 for updates on any returns.


"After two sell-out one-woman shows, Rachel Tucker is back with her first intimate solo show. Following a triumphant run as Elphaba in Wicked the Musical on Broadway, for which she was the recipient of the Best Female Replacement Award at the 2016 Broadway.com Audience Awards, Rachel is currently reprising her role as Elphaba in London's West End, as part of Wicked's special 10th Anniversary cast, having also previously played the role to great acclaim in London for 3 years, where she holds the title of longest consecutive running Elphaba and won the 2011 WhatsOnStage award for Best Takeover in a Role.Rachel made her Broadway debut in late 2014 in Sting's musical The Last Ship, creating the role of Meg Dawson, to rave reviews.In 2015, Rachel performed her one-woman show Back From Broadway, which won the 2015 West End Wilma Award for Best Cabaret. Rachel's debut solo album The Reason was launched in her first sell-out concert at the St. James Theatre in August 2013."                                            - Brasserie Zedel

It is yet to be announced if Rachel will have any guests or who they are likely to be, but these 'Live at Zedel' gigs usually involve a different guest/friend of the performer showing up for a sing song each night, so i'm going to assume we can look forward to something exciting. 

After catching all of Rachel's previous solo shows in London in the last few years & even her Belfast gig. It's safe to assume that Rachel is going to come prepared to knock our socks off once again, with a fabulous & thoughtful line up or songs, blended with interesting anecdotes about why these songs made the cut & her ever interesting & inspiring stories that go along with each.

Live At Zedel is located underneath Brasserie Zedel in the heart of central London just off Piccadilly circus. 20 Sherwood Street, London, W1F 7ED.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Rachel chats to Gay Times about all things 10th Anniversary & more.

In the lead up to #Wicked10 Rachel took a break to chat with William Connelly about coming back to play the green girl on the West End, how her Elphie has evolved & so much more... it's well worth the read over on GayTimes.

"Welcome back to London… Rachel: Thank you!

Is it nice being back? It’s absolutely brilliant! God, it’s such an honour to be back for a start. This is a role that I hold very dear to my heart and it has taught me a lot, given me a lot, and to be asked back for the 10th anniversary is HUGE!
There really is no play like home… YEAH! [Chuckles]
How long before your move to Wicked on Broadway had you been playing Elphaba here in London?  If it’s 11 months per contract including rehearsals, and I did three contracts here in total, that would make it 2 years 9 months in London with the last six months pregnant with my son which was another challenge. Heck, not only did I sing Elphaba eight times each week but I did it pregnant! [Laughs] 

You then moved to New York to star in Wicked on Broadway. How long was that for? A year but actually in the show for 11 months. It was actually 10 to begin but I was extended for seven weeks before joining the London production again now for another five months. That’s not far from five years in total as Elphaba when I’m all finished in January."   To read the full interview please click through.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Wicked10 New Production Shots

So we waited patiently for new shots of the 10th Anniversary cast & can't lie were slightly gutted when they tried to fool us into believing this was a new shot of Rachel & didn't even use any of her Broadway productions shots... but all is forgiven with the gift they & the genius that is @MrMattCrockett have bestowed upon us today...

First we got this teaser & the hour that followed was a torturously agonizing wait for the actual images. In which some of us spent all that time constantly re-watching the below teaser, refreshing all the Wicked UK Social media platforms & trying to find Gifs that adequately portrayed our pain/excitement (if you follow us on Twitter you saw it all).

Then 12pm rolled along and we got these.
Wicked London's 10th Anniversary Elphaba...



How stunning? I mean what else can I say? Not to slap a gift horse in the mouth but i'm hoping there will be more with the new cast, but assuming they will role out over the next week or so leading up to the 10th Anniversary show on 27th September, have you got your tickets yet?
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In other news... I am aware i've been slacking in the blog department, but I trust you all follow the blog Twitter account which is always up to date, I will endeavour to catch the blog up with some throwback's to add what's missing, hope you all understand, life get's in the way sometimes. xA

Friday, 20 May 2016

Rachel Tucker's Elphie is coming BACK to the Westend!!



It has just been announced that after Rachel finishes on Broadway on 30th July, she will be coming back to reprise her role in the Westend from 5th Sept for a 5 month run, to celebrate the London productions 10 year anniversary. 
"GOOD NEWS! We are DELIGHTED to announce our 10th Anniversary London Cast for ‪#‎WickedUK‬!From Monday 5 September, the new cast that will lead us through our 10th birthday celebrations will include: Rachel Tucker, returning to London's West End direct from her triumphant run on Broadway, to play 'Elphaba'; Suzie Mathers, who joins from the Australian production to star as 'Glinda'; Oliver Savile continuing as 'Fiyero'; Anita Dobson joins to play 'Madame Morrible'; Mark Curry who continues as 'The Wizard'; original cast member Martin Ball returns to play 'Doctor Dillamond'; original cast member Katie Rowley Jones continues as 'Nessarose', and Idriss Kargbo joins to play 'Boq'. Alice Fearns will be our Standby for 'Elphaba' and Carina Gillespie continues as Standby for 'Glinda'. ‪#‎Wicked10‬"

 

"Executive producer Michael McCabe said: "We are delighted to announce the fantastic company that will lead us through the 10th birthday celebrations at the Apollo Victoria Theatre later this year."BUY TICKETSBoth new leads are familiar with the roles, Tucker played Elphaba in London from 2010 - 2012 and has recently been leading the Broadway cast of Wicked, Mathers joins the West End production from the Australian tour and has also toured with the show in Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand and the Philippines."   



"Current London cast members Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Sean Kearns (Doctor Dillamond), Daniel Hope (Boq) and Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba) will all play their final performances September 3. "   


"Joining the ensemble are: James Darch, Fraser Fraser, Alexandra Grierson, Olivia Kate Holding, Claudia Kariuki, Will Lucas, Chanel Mian, Ella Nonini, Rosa O’Reilly, Joe Sleight, Jessamy Stoddart and Sasha Wareham. Continuing in the ensemble are: Kerry Enright, Freya Field, Joseph Fletcher, David Gale, Sergio Giacomelli, Aaron Jenkins, Billy Mitchell, Scott Monello, Julienne Schembri, Paulo Teixeira, Joe Toland, Hannah Toy, Russell Walker and Helen Woolf.Please note that Rachel Tucker, Anita Dobson and Katie Rowley Jones appear until Saturday 28 January 2017 only."
 "Rachel Tucker, one of the world’s favourite Elphaba’s, will douse herself in green paint once more as she returns to the London production of Wicked in September to lead the show’s 10th anniversary cast."


"Speaking from Broadway, she said: “I’m thrilled to come back to my old turf, my dressing room and work with the crew again. This was my  first dream role after leaving drama school.”"


Funnily enough today marks six years since Rachel opened as Elphaba on the Westend with Louise Dearman & that magnificent cast, so how apt that today of all days they would announce her return, and a welcome return it will be. Especially after so many people made the journey over to see her in NY, now we can see her once again (or twice or many more times) & bask in the perfection of her Elphie..


So mark your diaries & stock up those piggy banks, maybe also get your day seating kit ready too, for our Saturday get togethers. Tucker's coming back & it's going to be a whirlwind of awesome. Here's to fun times on the AV steps with all you like minded fans.












Monday, 18 April 2016

Rachel & Carrie chat to Tyler Mount

Almost 2 weeks ago, Carrie St Louis, the current Glinda to Rachel Tucker's Broadway Elphaba posted a tease on her Instagram, at the fact her & Rachel had just recorded a fun interview with Tyler Mount for his Playbill Vlog. This was enough to get us very excited about the interview.



Then as if that wasn't enough to have us dying to see this interview, last week Rachel posted a group of photos from the interview on her Facebook..

 

Today Tyler teased that the video would finally be released ...


Then suddenly the wait was over & we got to see his fabulous Vlog with Rachel Tucker & Carrie St Louis, so without further ado..


We couldn't help but Gif the last few moments for you all.. so enjoy these wee gifts for you all.




Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Rachel on 'Show People' with Paul Wontorek

Earlier today Broadway.Com shared this weeks episode of "Show People" and lucky for us their guest was Rachel Tucker. Click through to check it out or watch below.


This is such a fabulous interview with Rachel, just finished & already need to watch again. It's funny I was just thinking today that there had not been enough proper interviews with Rachel since she started back in Wicked & then boom.. here we go.

Must apologise for my lack of updates on the blog recently, there's been so much happening & then my own little trip to New York to see our green girl in action. There's been incredible new promo pictures posted recently & i've been waiting patiently for them all to be released before sharing in a blog post, but have been Tweeting/Instagramming & adding to our Facebook page as soon as I become aware of them. So if you're not already following us on those please do click through & join us.

Also will be running a few competitions soon to win a couple of Playbills from Wicked on Broadway, so keep an eye out for those on Twitter, as soon as I decide what you'll need to do to enter.

Will get to catching up on some of the important things that belong on the blog for you guys asap & hope to do some little write ups about the Wicked shows I saw whilst over there & just how much Rachel's Elphaba has evolved. She was out of this world in London & now over on Broadway with the opportunity to revisit this character, she's completely blown her own bar out of the water & truly does live in the 'skin of Elphie' as Paul mentioned above. I'd been trying to find a way to describe how she just 'IS' Elphie & he kind of hit the nail on the head. I could honestly babble on for hours about how 'perfect' her Elphaba is but i'll save it for when I can make it make sense. Just know that if you have NOT been to see Rachel on Broadway yet, you need to get on it. Break out the piggy bank & make that happen.

For your information: Rachel will not be performing on the following dates & has tweeted that her contract is up on 19th June 2016, so honestly guys, get those diaries out & start planning.