Friday, 29 August 2014

Watch Rachel Tucker in the trailer of new Broadway musical The Last Ship

Producers of new Broadway musical The Last Ship have released the show's official trailer. Written by 16-time Grammy winner Sting and Tony winners John Logan and Brian YorkeyThe Last Ship begins performances at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on 30th September starring West End favourite Rachel Tucker.

The Last Ship is directed by Wicked's Joe Mantello and features choreography by Steven Hoggett. Viva Forever's Sally Ann Triplett also features in the cast. Watch the trailer below!

The new musical tells the story of Gideon Fletcher, a young man from the English seafaring town of Wallsend, who leaves his life behind to travel the world — only to return a decade later to find out that what he deserted is more than he ever could have imagined.

Rachel was a semi-finalist on I’d Do Anything, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s television search for an actress to play Nancy in a West End revival of Oliver. After leaving the competition Rachel joined the West End production of We Will Rock You, starring as Meat and understudying Scaramouche. 

Following a successful run Rachel joined the West End production of Wicked playing Elphaba. She starred in the iconic role for nearly three years and over 1,000 performances, making her the West End’s longest serving Elphaba. In 2012 Rachel won the West End Frame Award for Best Performance of a Song in a Musical for her performance of the show's anthem, Defying Gravity.

Rachel left Wicked in October 2012 following the announcement of her pregnancy, and in March it was revealed that she had signed to Big Hand Recordings in a joint venture with Elate Studio and would release her debut album in August 2013. The album, The Reason, has received both public and critical acclaim. 

Rachel’s other theatre credits include: Ida in Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse), Mary in Tonight's The Night (national tour), Maureen Johnson in Rent (Olympia Theatre, Dublin), Sally Simpson in The Who's Tommy (national tour), Estelle Genovese in The Full Monty directed by Jack O'Brien (national tour) and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) for which she received a 2008 TMA Theatre Award Nomination for Best Performance in a Musical. Rachel also played Meg Giry in the workshop of Love Never Dies and co-presented The Friday Show opposite Eamonn Holmes for the BBC.

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