Shoreditch Town Hall, London – 17 November 2017
If you’re a regular reader of this site, you’ll probably have twigged that I’m a huge fan of Wicked star Rachel Tucker. Most recently I saw her perform as a special guest at Kristin Chenoweth’s concert and previously in Wicked and her solo concerts at Brasserie Zedel; every single time she has completely blown me away with her effortless performances and last night was no exception.
Rachel is a masterful performer, both in terms of her faultless vocals and her ability to embody and live every song she sings. She is magical in the way she transports the audience into her thoughts and make us feel the emotions she’s portraying as if we’re experiencing them ourselves. The way she interprets songs is unique, extremely moving and I find it incredibly impressive how she is able to switch so quickly from one mood to another.
During act 2 Rachel came off the stage to perform an a capella folk song which had the audience in enraptured silence but within moments of finishing she snapped back to her larger-than-life, joyous self and had the audience laughing out loud. That ability to manipulate an audience’s emotions is truly remarkable.
The set list for the night included something for everyone from theatre classics such as ‘Children Will Listen’ to pop songs and a personal favourite, her own composition ‘I’m Falling’ which always wows me. This varied programme meant the night flew by and by the time it came to her second encore we still wanted more! Other standouts included ‘The Man That Got Away’ and Kris Rawlinson‘s stunning arrangement of ‘No Good Deed’ which brings new life to the Wicked classic. Kris and Rachel make the perfect duo, bouncing off one another both comedically and musically. Also great, were Jodie Steele and Amanda Coutts who doubled as stage managers and back up singers – ‘Proud Mary’ was brilliant and got the entire audience on their feet!
With a few ex-Elphabas and Galindas in attendance, it was Emma Hatton who took the stage as the special guest of the night. Dressed in a suitably emerald dress, Emma joined forces with Rachel to perform a jazzed up version of ‘I’m Not That Girl’ and a lively version of ‘That’s Life’; the two work wonderfully together and it’s so enjoyable to see them having fun on stage together. Also joining Rachel were the Stagebox choir who helped out with a notably touching performance of ‘You Will Be Found’ from Dear Evan Hansen.
Overall it was just a joyous night of glorious music. Rachel is one of the most versatile performers I’ve seen; funny, relaxed and charming, her voice is like no other. Powering through every song with her own personal style- belting it out and emotionally reigning it in with equal skill and motivation. Rachel is at the top of her game- a master of her craft who continually delivers time and time again. This was billed as Rachel’s ‘biggest solo concert to date’ but I sincerely hope things get bigger and bigger for her as she continues to charm and wow audiences around the world… but preferably mostly in London so I can be at them all!
photo credit: Rukaya Cesar