Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Rachel Tucker to play Elphaba on Broadway!

West End Frame Award winner Rachel Tucker is taking over as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre from 15th September 2015.

Jonah Platt will also join the cast as Fiyero. They join Kara Lindsay as Glinda, Robin De Jesus as Boq, Michele Lee as Madame Morrible, Fred Applegate as the Wizard, Arielle Jacobs as Nessarose and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond.

Tucker previously played Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked for nearly three years and over 1,000 performances, making her the West End’s longest serving Elphaba. In 2012 Tucker won the West End Frame Award for Best Performance of a Song for her performance of the show's anthem, ‘Defying Gravity’.

Last year Tucker made her Broadway debut as Meg Dawson in Sting’s new musical The Last Ship. She most recently starred in Lindsay Posner's revival of Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Tucker 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 Tucker joined the West End production of We Will Rock You, starring as Meat and understudying Scaramouche.

After leaving the West End production of Wicked in October 2012, Tucker  released her debut album The Reason, playing sell out concerts at the St James Studio and Theatre. Tucker played Meg Giry in the workshop of Love Never Dies and received a TMA Theatre Award Nomination for Best Performance in a Musical for her portrayal of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Lyric Theatre, Belfast).

Her 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 (national tour), Grace Power in To Be Sure, Kelly in Merry Christmas Betty Ford and Amy in Have A Nice Life (all Lyric Belfast).

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