(Sorry about the 'catchy' heading -- we had the whole tube journey home to think of something special and that was the best we could come up with -- I think we were both still quite speechless from an absolutely sensational night!)
This is Rosie and Eleanor by the way. For some reason David and Andy have entrusted us with the massive responsibilty of writing Rachel's first WWRY review... So here goes!
We arrived at the Dominion Theatre in Tottenham Court Road just before 6pm. We'd spent so many months looking forward to this evening and knew it was just going to be amazing! We met David, Andy, Katie (and her sister, Hannah), Jackie, Jo and Chris outside the theatre. It was really odd to finally meet these people after only knowing them through facebook and this blog! Everyone seemed really excited but nervous at the same time.
After we had both collected our tickets, we made our way to the Champagne Bar upstairs and congregated with the rest of Team Tucker, including Karen and her lovely husband who kept us entertained with various Rachel-anecdotes! The announcement soon rang out, inviting us all to take our seats so we headed our seperate ways agreeing to meet up during the interval.
We both headed to the stalls along with Karen and Richard before hearing someone shouting "JODIE!" behind us -- Jodie and Ashley were heading to their seats!! They were already chatting to various members of Team Tucker so we decided to wait until the interval to approach them.
We took our seats and as the curtain went up, we both just said "Wow! This is it! Can you believe we're here?!"
We sat through the most electrifying 15-20 minutes of musical theatre before seeing Rachel. The whole cast were incredible and had such an energetic and positive vibe -- everyone was clapping and singing along straight away.
Then suddenly from underneath the stage we heard those familiar irish tones, and up popped Rachel as we have never seen her before! Gone was the Nancy yellow, Rachel was now decked out as a true rock chick! She looked absolutely fantastic and you could immediately tell that this part was made for her. Her first song was 'I want it all' (a duet with 'Britney'). We were blown away by her stage presence and her amazingly powerful voice! Having only heard her on screen before and briefly at Hyde Park, we were determined to soak up every second of every performance she gave.
Shortly after this came Rachel's big moment -- the beautiful 'No One But You (Only the Good Die Young). This performance gave me goosebumps! She was absolutely sensational. Having listened to Kerry Ellis singing this song so many times, it was hard to imagine how anyone could top her. Rachel rose to the challenge and delivered the most breathtaking rendition I have ever heard. She looked unbelievably comfortable up on stage -- centre of attention and wowing a West End audience. It was so clear then that this is what Rachel was born to do - and she was loving every second!
During the interval, Eleanor and I found Team Tucker by the bar. Karen professed to being so proud of Rachel and actually shedding a tear during 'No One But You'! Every single one of us was blown away. Of course it's not surprising that Rachel would deliver the most stunning performance ever, it was just amazing to witness!
Just as we were about to return to our seats, Eleanor and I saw Jodie coming up to the bar! We asked if we could get a picture with her and she happily obliged and told us just how proud she was of Rachel and what an amazing job she was doing. I have to say just how lovely Jodie was -- she was a pleasure to meet and such a friendly and bubbly character!
As expected, Rachel was just as brilliant throughout the second half of the performance. She appeared to be having the time of her life up on stage and it was just fantastic to see.
'We Will Rock You' closed in spectacular style with the cast singing the title song, along with 'We Are The Champions'. I've never before been at a performance where the whole cast received a standing ovation from the audience -- the atmosphere was amazing. Everyone was on their feet, clapping and singing along. It was fantastic and a brilliant way to close an absolutely incredible show.
After the show, we dashed to the stage door thinking that it really would be the icing on the cake to glimpse Rachel.
She appeared after about 15 minutes and I can honestly say, she is one of the friendliest and most approachable people EVER! She posed for hundreds of photographs, signed plenty of programs and tickets even though her pen kept running out! She was lovely and had time for every single person there, stopping to thank each and every one of us for coming to see and support her. It was an absolute pleasure to meet and talk to Rachel and really topped off the most amazing evening. It was very touching to see her run and greet Jodie and Ashley (who we had just been chatting to!) who were both so happy for her. She eventually left with Guy who was perhaps the proudest man in London right then! It was really nice talking to him having only ever seen him briefly before.
So there we have it -- yet more proof that Rachel is an absolutely amazing peformer and just happens to be one of the most open and friendly girls I've ever met. We've had the most fantastic evening -- it was wonderful to see Rachel in her rightful place - centre stage in the West End!
I've already got my tickets booked to go and do it all again soon!