People often ask me why I have seen the musical Wicked so many times. One of the reasons is that the people they cast in the leading roles are among the best musical theatre performers in the world. They often go on to achieve huge success and command a large and devoted fan base, writes Nicky Sweetland.
One such performer is Rachel Tucker, who runs the Bridge House Theatre in Penge along with her husband Guy Retallack. Rachel has recently completed another critically acclaimed run as the green witch, Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked after taking Broadway by storm in the role last year and is giving her legions of fans the chance to get up close with a UK solo tour.
Her first engagements were at Live at Zedel in Piccadilly this week and I was excited to be able to attend one of the sold out shows.
Right from the very beginning, Rachel Tucker showed her mettle and blustered into the club in high spirits regaling the gathered throng with an audacious rendition of Bette Midler’s “Miss Otis Regrets”. Filled with cheek and frivolity as she maneuvered around the room, Tucker immediately captured the audience with her infectious personality and after a fun version of “The Candy Man” from the beloved children’s film Willy Wonker and the Chocolate Factory, brought the mood down and enriched the experience with some well told anecdotes and more poignant songs including “Through the Window” from the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hanson.
The versatile star even managed to overcome some technical difficulties at the start of the show and quipped by saying, “Who needs…
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