Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Rachel Tucker Live @ The Theatre Cafe


The Theatre Cafe & Parallel Productions decided it'd be a fabulous idea for Rachel to do a mini set at the Cafe on Sunday of Westend Live at 6pm. Marisha Wallace was soon announced as doing a small set too & this was all very exciting but also sent (i'm sure), panic into the very soul of most of the 'hardcore' fans. Torn between wanting a good spot at Westend Live & a guaranteed spot inside at The Theatre Cafe. I am sure a few opted to go straight to the Cafe, or only do Westend Live, but know that many, such as myself did the mad dash from WEL as soon as Rachel 'finished' to get their spot. Having a back injury to deal with my dashing skills were a little lacking, but as luck would have it, although when we walked in, there was like 2 seats left & a reserved table, a group left not long after we arrived so we pounced on those seats.

The Cafe very quickly filled up and the atmosphere in there was fabulous, it turns out it's mostly quite fun being in a room of people who all love Rachel as much (you can try) as you do. I did my duty & put on a couple of songs from Rachel's album, but like I was polite and didn't do the whole album thing, because usually if you do that at the Cafe the people behind the counter break their own rule & skip the songs. So just did two, then someone yelled I had to put a certain one on so went back to do that, but not before someone had put on what i'm quite sure was almost the entire Hamilton album.

The atmosphere kept building as everyone sang along to the songs at the top of their lungs. Kris arrived early to get set up & hand deliver some new Tucker On The Road Tee's, ohh the new ones are black, whaa? This added a layer of fun as he tinkled away at the keys while we all sang our hearts out. Possibly our collective best singalongs were Take Me or Leave Me & Waving Through A Window. Funnily enough unbeknown to us as we were all giving Take Me Or Leave Me our best belts, Rachel had made a surprise guest appearance back on the Westend Live stage for a duet with Marisha. Must admit as fun as our version was I am devo'd we missed the REAL deal, but thankfully there is full video in all it's glory, which you can find in our Westend Live Blog 



After a few hours of fun waiting the cafe was bursting at the seams & as Rachel & Marisha walked in, suddenly the wait & the ever raising temperature in the cafe all seemed much more worth the wait. Only trouble was that at the last minute all those standing then decided they needed to get a better vantage point and started spreading out into the middle more. My view was no longer the perfect one i'd scouted out but now just of peoples backs, panic set in but luckily managed to squeeze on the wall bench with my friends, which meant that now I had a rather good view, just felt bad for my friends and all the others who got their first and had seats that now had no view. Side note: for future gigs in the cafe I would politely suggest that when they remove the tables & barrier off the area they arrange the seats along the front in rows, followed by the benches & then the back of the cafe should be for standing, just to help balance it out for everyone and for the performers trying to be seen too. 
After a few more singalongs, Marisha kicked things off with the Hairspray ballad "I Know Where I've Been" inviting us all to sing along if we knew it, oh it was stunning, this young lady has PIPES!!!!! Then she slowed it down a bit for a gorgeous and heart felt 'My Funny Valentine" (correct me please if i'm wrong).

Then we had a slight break before Rachel coming out for her set. She stood on a chair to help those further back see her, which was much appreciated by many i'm sure. I could go on and swoon about how fabulous this set was but you guys are lucky because just as they promised, they Facebook Lived the whole set. So go forth, get comfy and enjoy reliving or watching for the first time this fabulous wee gig at The Theatre Cafe.

Now in case anyone else is like me & loves to have lots of angles, I did do some filming in the cafe for you all. Luckily my friend had brought her camera along but as her view was pretty much non existent, I stole her camera for you guys & she had kindly uploaded the footage for you all to enjoy. Here's the playlist below, with all 6 songs. Thanks so much @AlwaysBeenGreen. 




By the end of the gig the room was absolutely bursting with excitement, Rachel, Kris & Dan Giles gave that room one hell of a set & set the room on fire (it was a furnace)! Bloody brilliant afternoon spent at The Theatre Cafe. So many thanks to all who made it happen.

Heres a few pictures from @CarrieRose_  on Twitter.







Monday, 26 June 2017

Westend Live 2017

So many of you have been in mourning since the end of Rachel's first UK Solo Tour, but we came out of mourning yesterday for a Triple Tucker day. FYI, still trying to compile thoughts about the tour, so if you have any photos, reviews, memories you'd like to add to that massive round up please email to TuckerFanblog@gmail.com.

The Westend Live crowds were treated to an incredible performance of 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' & 'Castle On The Hill' from Rachel on Sunday. I won't blabber on about how good it was, let's just share some videos & photos & you can see for yourself how smashing it was.

NB: I will update with better/official videos if & when they become available, so keep checking back or tweet me any links you find, but for now..

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road & Castle On The Hill



Surprise Duet with Marisha Wallace - Take Me Or Leave Me.... 


(Rachel comes on at 10mins, but the whole video is SMASHING, so watch it all & be blown away)




Now let the photo spam commence.. If you aren't happy with me linking to your images/twitter, just send a tweet. Embed so that full credit is given really. Or if you have photos you'd like to contribute, send them to me & can update.

Broadway World have added a few photos from Phillip Cowndley. Click through for a few more




















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Update: Just been sent some stunning photos from ElleSober on Twitter.






Update: @AlwaysBeenGreen has just sent some photos to share too.






How amazing was Westend Live? You could tell Rachel was just in her element up there, it was quite an incredible thing to witness. Just wish i'd known about the Surprise duet so I didn't run to the Theatre cafe with most of the other fans to get our place for that gig. Geez she keeps us on our toes, doesn't she?

Monday, 27 March 2017

Limited Edition "On The Road" Album

After four sell out gigs at Live At Zedel last week, Rachel & @Kris Rawlinson announced on the Parallel Productions Facebook Live earlier today that they are currently in the studio with @VoiceBoxProductions to record a 'LIMITED EDITION' "On The Road" album. This album is currently available for Pre-order on the Parallel Productions website & there will only be 250 copies online to order, which will come signed & numbered.

Any one who misses out online can buy a physical copy at their nearest tour venue. We must stress this is a limited release, so once all copies of the album are gone on tour, that's it, you will have missed out! So don't delay, pre-order now or bring that extra cash along to the tour.

You can watch the announcement from Facebook Live below.


I haven't had a chance yet to collect my thoughts about the Gigs, but you can expect that hopefully some time this week, just wanted to get this news out to you guys as soon as possible. Also will be sharing all the fabulous reviews from the gigs, in a post very shortly.


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Taking the Tour to Feinstein's 54 Below & extra show added for Belfast

Earlier today Rachel & her Musical Director Kris Rawlinson of Parallel Productions took to Facebook Live for an impromptu chat & cheeky announcement ....




They announced that Rachel Tucker will be taking her tour to New York for her solo debut at the highly acclaimed Feinstein's 54 Below in September for a 3 night run, Wednesday 27th, Friday 29th & Saturday 30th September at 7pm.



So for all the fans who've been dying for a solo show from Rachel over the pond, your prayers have been answered, and you've got time to plan that trip/save up for it. So get planning/booking as soon as possible.

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Also while we're talking about adding shows to Rachel's solo tour. It was also announced today that due to the high demand for tickets in Belfast, the Belfast MAC have added an extra show on Sunday 14th May @ 5pm, so for all those in Ireland hoping to catch Rachel get booking ASAP, she's sure to sell out in no time.






Tea with Wilma!

In the weekend Westend Wilma teased that he was off to spend the day getting a sneak peak behind the scenes at rehearsals for Rachel's upcoming Live at Zedel gigs & that he'd be sharing some special interviews and bits and bobs with us soon.





Yesterday we were treated to the "Knowing Me, Knowing You" round of questions with Rachel.


 Then today we got the full length interview with snippets of Rachel rehearsing 'I'll Cover You.'



Stay posted to @Westend Wilma on Twitter, the official website & subscribe to the Youtube Channel as there is supposed to be 4 videos from their day together in rehearsals. So we've only seen half for now. Can't wait to see what else we've got to come.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Solo Tour around the UK

It was announced Live via Parallel Productions Facebook page on Friday that Rachel Tucker is going to be taking her show on the road in May & June. With Guy Retallack officially in the directors chair & in collaboration with Parallel Productions and Fane Productions. Check out the FB Live announcement below.


'Audiences can expect an intimate gig with a mix of some classic jazz, soul, and musical theatre favourites plus a few surprises along the way.' 

During the chat Rachel talks again about having guests at some of, if not all of her gigs, but looks like we still have to wait and see who they'll be. The comments section shows how keen the fans are for a reunion with Louise Dearman, so let's keep our fingers crossed they can get her on board for at least one, as that'd be one heck of a reunion. So as of now no guests confirmed, but who else would you like to see? Tweet us your suggestions, we're interested to know.

Speaking of suggestions, what songs are you dying to hear Rachel sing? Tweet us those too.

Rachel Tucker 'Live In Concert' tickets range in price from £15 - £30 (plus booking fees).
For all the show & booking information check out these links:

Saturday - 13th May - Belfast MAC - 7:45pm - £22.50  (plus booking fee)
Sunday - 19th May - Gate Cardiff - 7:30pm - £20  (plus booking fee)
Monday - 29th May - Durham Grand - 7:30pm - £17/£ 22  (plus booking fee)
Tuesday - 30th May - Lancaster Grand - 7:30pm - £20/£26  (plus booking fee)
Wednesday - 31st May - Bury St Edmund’s Apex - 7:30pm - £20/£26  (plus booking fee)
Saturday - 3rd June - Capitol Theatre Horsham - 8pm -  £15/£26  (plus booking fee)
Mon/Tues/Wed - 5th, 6th & 7th June -  Live At Zedel - 7pm - £30 (plus booking fee)
Fri/Saturday - 9th & 10th June - Birmingham Pizza Express Live  8:30pm -  £25  (plus booking fee)


During the Facebook Live Chat Rachel mentioned she was off to a photoshoot to prepare some promo for the tour & later shared a few sneak peaks which you can check out below.

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Then Parallel Productions shared a wee sneak peak of their own. How stunning is Rachel looking guys? Can't wait to see all the promo that's coming for #TuckerOnTour.


Whats On Stage has the scoop &  Westend Wilma has it covered too.

So whose excited for Rachel Tucker 'Live In Concert?' Don't mind me i'll just be doing my happy dance over here.


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Another Live @ Zedel Date Added

Ask and you shall receive, due to popular demand Rachel has added another date to her Live at Zedel concerts. After the previous 3 gigs on March 20/21st @ 7pm & March 25th @ 11pm sold out within the week. We now have the added date of Thursday 23rd March at the slightly later time of 9:15pm, perfect for those working late or travelling a little further.



By my calculations there's approximately 6 or so tickets left as at.. 7:30pm so get booking or you will once again miss out.. if you do miss out don't despair as tickets sometimes pop back up closer to the dates of gigs with people having other things get in the way.

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Earlier today Rachel took to instagram to tease about what could be in store for these gigs & I for one am even more excited.



Then at 4:37pm, fashionably late in true Rachel style, she took to the Parallel Productions Facebook page for a Live chat with us all about her upcoming gigs & what we're in for. Announcing the added gig & confirming that she will indeed have some guests, but as yet has not & may not be announced. Rachel even had a wee sing song alongside with Kris Rawlinson on the keys, to help build the excitement even further.

Seriously it's been so long since i've heard Rachel sing something not Wicked & this has filled my heart with joy. Simply can not wait for these gigs, there's no doubt that they will be something truly special & memorable. So if you haven't already, quickly jump on the Zedel site & BOOK!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Rachel to perform three shows as part of Live At Zedel season

It has been announced that Rachel is going to be performing a set of 3 intimate solo shows in London as part of Brasserie Zedel's 'Live at Zedel' season. The shows will be on Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st March at 7pm & a special late show on Saturday 25th March at 11pm. This will be the first time Rachel has done such intimate solo shows of this nature. The venue itself, formally The Crazy Coq's is a charming 80 seater venue, making you feel like you're spending a casual, but somewhat fancy evening in with one of the Westend & Broadway's leading ladies. The show is going to be directed by Rachel's husband & acclaimed director Guy Retallack & is brought to us by Parallel Productions.

UPDATE* - In less than a week the shows are already SOLD OUT. So if you want to catch Rachel & missed booking, keep an eye on the the website & the @LiveAtZedel & Parallel Productions Twitter accounts & Follow us @RTFB1981 for updates on any returns.


"After two sell-out one-woman shows, Rachel Tucker is back with her first intimate solo show. Following a triumphant run as Elphaba in Wicked the Musical on Broadway, for which she was the recipient of the Best Female Replacement Award at the 2016 Broadway.com Audience Awards, Rachel is currently reprising her role as Elphaba in London's West End, as part of Wicked's special 10th Anniversary cast, having also previously played the role to great acclaim in London for 3 years, where she holds the title of longest consecutive running Elphaba and won the 2011 WhatsOnStage award for Best Takeover in a Role.Rachel made her Broadway debut in late 2014 in Sting's musical The Last Ship, creating the role of Meg Dawson, to rave reviews.In 2015, Rachel performed her one-woman show Back From Broadway, which won the 2015 West End Wilma Award for Best Cabaret. Rachel's debut solo album The Reason was launched in her first sell-out concert at the St. James Theatre in August 2013."                                            - Brasserie Zedel

It is yet to be announced if Rachel will have any guests or who they are likely to be, but these 'Live at Zedel' gigs usually involve a different guest/friend of the performer showing up for a sing song each night, so i'm going to assume we can look forward to something exciting. 

After catching all of Rachel's previous solo shows in London in the last few years & even her Belfast gig. It's safe to assume that Rachel is going to come prepared to knock our socks off once again, with a fabulous & thoughtful line up or songs, blended with interesting anecdotes about why these songs made the cut & her ever interesting & inspiring stories that go along with each.

Live At Zedel is located underneath Brasserie Zedel in the heart of central London just off Piccadilly circus. 20 Sherwood Street, London, W1F 7ED.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Rachel chats to Gay Times about all things 10th Anniversary & more.

In the lead up to #Wicked10 Rachel took a break to chat with William Connelly about coming back to play the green girl on the West End, how her Elphie has evolved & so much more... it's well worth the read over on GayTimes.

"Welcome back to London… Rachel: Thank you!

Is it nice being back? It’s absolutely brilliant! God, it’s such an honour to be back for a start. This is a role that I hold very dear to my heart and it has taught me a lot, given me a lot, and to be asked back for the 10th anniversary is HUGE!
There really is no play like home… YEAH! [Chuckles]
How long before your move to Wicked on Broadway had you been playing Elphaba here in London?  If it’s 11 months per contract including rehearsals, and I did three contracts here in total, that would make it 2 years 9 months in London with the last six months pregnant with my son which was another challenge. Heck, not only did I sing Elphaba eight times each week but I did it pregnant! [Laughs] 

You then moved to New York to star in Wicked on Broadway. How long was that for? A year but actually in the show for 11 months. It was actually 10 to begin but I was extended for seven weeks before joining the London production again now for another five months. That’s not far from five years in total as Elphaba when I’m all finished in January."   To read the full interview please click through.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Wicked10 New Production Shots

So we waited patiently for new shots of the 10th Anniversary cast & can't lie were slightly gutted when they tried to fool us into believing this was a new shot of Rachel & didn't even use any of her Broadway productions shots... but all is forgiven with the gift they & the genius that is @MrMattCrockett have bestowed upon us today...

First we got this teaser & the hour that followed was a torturously agonizing wait for the actual images. In which some of us spent all that time constantly re-watching the below teaser, refreshing all the Wicked UK Social media platforms & trying to find Gifs that adequately portrayed our pain/excitement (if you follow us on Twitter you saw it all).

Then 12pm rolled along and we got these.
Wicked London's 10th Anniversary Elphaba...



How stunning? I mean what else can I say? Not to slap a gift horse in the mouth but i'm hoping there will be more with the new cast, but assuming they will role out over the next week or so leading up to the 10th Anniversary show on 27th September, have you got your tickets yet?
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In other news... I am aware i've been slacking in the blog department, but I trust you all follow the blog Twitter account which is always up to date, I will endeavour to catch the blog up with some throwback's to add what's missing, hope you all understand, life get's in the way sometimes. xA