After a triumphant return to the West End production of Wicked, Rachel Tucker is flying solo on a UK tour.
Kicking her show off in London with the Adele hit Water Under the Bridge, Rachel set the bar high from the start — and we loved it! Choosing to step off stage and mingle with her audience, it seems the night was to be an experience for us all together. Mixing her songs with stories about her life made the entire evening feel special and unique. This gave the opportunity to get to know the lady behind the characters in stage. And in return, we learnt there’s more to Rachel Tucker than just a voice, but a comedian it seems as well. It was personal, and we liked it.
Following up with a Bonnie Raitt classic I Can’t Make You Love Me, other hits throughout the night included Waving Through a Window (Dear Evan Hansen), When She Loved Me (Sarah McLachlan); Where is the Love? (Oliver) and her own twist on No Good Deed (Wicked). Alongside the musical numbers, Rachel treated her audience to a taste of her very own songwriting with an original track, too.
Demonstrating the acting skills that’ve made her one of the most loved musical theatre actresses in the UK currently, Rachel acts each song out through both voice and body language. This girl was made for the stage, and she wants everyone to know it. Shortly into the first half, Rachel pulled out a surprise in the form of a duet with Rachael Wooding — whom apparently spells her name wrong — performing a Marvin Hamlisch medley of What I Did for Love and The Way We Were. Rachael Wooding is currently starring as Alice in new musical Wonderland.
In the second half, fellow Belfast born Mark Dugdale — who is currently playing Bob Crewe in Jersey Boy — joined her to deliver a super duet of You Matter to Me from new Broadway musical Waitress; much to the delight of everyone. It was followed by a returning solo performance of She Used to be Mine from the same show. Effortlessly taking on the melody and drawing yet more gasps from the room, Rachel’s vocal ability and control is second-to-none. Neither a note misplaced nor a millisecond out of tune. Further praise goes out to the wonderfully talented Kris Rawlinson, MD and pianist for Rachel’s show. Kris’s expert skill clearly demonstrating where he feels most at home: in front of a piano.
The launch of Rachel’s solo tour made for one of the best night’s of live solo theatre we’ve experienced in a while.
GT gives Rachel Tucker’s UK Tour – 5/5
Rachel Tucker continues her UK tour throughout 2017. For more information and to book tickets, visit racheltucker.co.uk.