Post-Show Drinks, a musical theatre podcast showcasing actors from the West End and beyond.
In this episode, Connor and Catherine sit down with Broadway and West End Star Rachel Tucker. Rachel is currently playing Captain Beverly Bass, Annette and Others in the Oliver Award-winning musical Come From Away.
We speak to Rachel about growing up in Belfast, about training at the Royal Academy of Music, her first professional role in a musical and her time in We Will Rock You. We also speak about BBC’s I’d Do Anything and of course playing the role of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in London.
0:00 – 4:59 – Where did it all begin? Growing up in Belfast and how singing was part of family life.
5:00 – 11:09 – We find out what Rachel’s first show was and how she got into the world of Musical Theatre. Rachel also tells us more about how musical theatre shaped her early years.
11:10 – 15:14 – Rachel speaks to us about her first professional role in the industry, playing the role of Maureen in Jonathan Larson’s Rent. We speak about Rachel’s training at the Royal Academy of Music.
15:15 – 23:50 – We speak about Rachels time in BBC’s I Do Anything the hunt to find Nancy on Oliver! at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
23:51 – 26:09 – Rachel tells more about her auditions pre and post BBC’s I Do Anything and getting the role of Killer Queen in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre. Rachel tells us why she left We Will Rock You to get ready for Elphaba in Wicked.
26:10 – 42:11 – Rachel tells us what it felt like the first time she Defied Gravity in London’s West End. We hear about her Wicked Story and about the first time she saw Wicked on Broadway.
42:12 – 49:59 – We speak about the Olivier Award Winning London production of Come From Away. Rachel tells us about the the first time she saw the show and how it feels telling the amazing stories.
50:00 – 52:08 – “Unbelievable” how Rachel would describe her career to date.