Thursday, 10 July 2008

'Whats On Stage' Article

The 'Whatsonstage' site have published a small article today on Rachel's big news.

Nothing in it that we don't already know, but it's interesting that they also quote the 22nd September as Rachel's opening night.

The author however doesn't quote any source for this information, so it's possible they may be following our source (The Dominion Theatre) on this one.

We would therefore still urge caution when purchasing tickets. As before, we'll keep you updated.

Further down the post you will find various links to similar articles on other sites.

IDA’s Rachel Tucker Joins Queen’s We Will Rock You
Date: 10 July 2008

Rachel Tucker has become the latest failed Nancy to be cast in a West End role since the conclusion of the BBC’s I’d Do Anything reality TV competition in May. From 22 September, Tucker will star as Meat in Queen musical We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre.

One of the Irish ‘Nancys’, Tucker made it as far as the semi-finals on I’d Do Anything, competing to win a starring role in Cameron Mackintosh’s upcoming revival of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! at the West End’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane, a prize which eventually went to Jodie Prenger (See News, 2 Jun 2008). Tucker was the ninth of the final dozen voted off by the public.

Prior to I’d Do Anything, Tucker was already a professional performer, with credits including Rod Stewart’s Tonight’s the Night in the West End, and Rent, The Wizard of Oz and The Full Monty elsewhere.

Set in the future, We Will Rock You tells the story of a world in which globalisation has meant the death of real music in favour of computer-produced cyber stars, a status quo which the rebel Bohemians, harking back to the Golden Age of rock (embodied by Queen), are trying to overthrow so that they can write and perform their own music. An unintentional hero ends up saving the kids of Planet Mall from the tyrannical Killer Queen and discovers the place of living rock.

We Will Rock You has a book by Ben Elton and features 32 of Queen’s greatest hits including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "Under Pressure", "Radio Gaga" and, of course, "We Will Rock You". It’s directed by Elton, choreographed by Arlene Phillips and designed by Mark Fisher and Willie Williams.

Tucker takes over the role of Meat from Lucy Sinclair. The current cast also features Ricardo Afonso (as Galileo), Sabrina Aloueche (Scaramouche), Mazz Murray (Killer Queen) and Alex Bourne (Kashoggi). We Will Rock You is currently booking at the Dominion Theatre until 3 October 2009, more than seven years after it opened to largely damning reviews on 14 May 2002 (previews from 26 April).

- by Terri Paddock

A few other sites are now starting to pick up on the news that we broke 5 days ago. Their write up's are very similar to the 'What's On Stage' one above so we didn't think it was worth posting all of them but here are the links for those that are interested:

Show and Stay

Official London Theatre Guide

Indie London

OK Magazine

Broadway World

London Theatre Breaks

Daily Star

The Stage

BBC News Website

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