Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Sting & The Last Ship cast support Rachel Tucker at her Wicked Broadway opening night

Last night (15th September), Rachel Tucker played her first performance as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre.

Tucker returns to Broadway where she originated the role of Meg is Sting's new musical The Last Ship last year. Sting and cast members from The Last Ship supported Tucker at her first performance and sneaked backstage for a dressing room picture. Check out the  photo below, as Tweeted by Tucker's former co-star Dawn Cantwell.

Fred Applegate, who also starred alongside Tucker in The Last Ship, is currently playing The Wizard in Wicked on Broadway.

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’.

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 forBest 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 inTonight'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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