Rachel Tucker releases her third studio album You’re Already Home on 3rd November, ahead of her live show at Cadogan Hall on 5th November with Fourth Wall Live. The concert will be celebrating Rachel’s most iconic roles in musical theatre and original music, and the show will start at 6:30pm with tickets currently on sale through Fourth Wall Live and the venue’s websites. Currently, Rachel is guest-starring as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy Theatre, with her first performance yesterday, and she is scheduled to appear every Monday for the 16-week run. On screen, Rachel plays regular character Siobhan O’Hare in Hope Street across the two series already released and the upcoming third series, set to air later this year. We chatted to Rachel about her upcoming album You’re Already Home and live show at Cadogan Hall next month, guest-starring as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard and her regular role of Siobhan O’Hare in Hope Street.
On Sunday 5th November, you will be performing live at Cadogan Hall, what can the audience expect from the evening?
An absolute party – I love live singing so much! It gives me such a thrill and I always make sure that I’m having a good time because then the audience have a good time. So that’s how it’s going to be – the stories throughout my life I’m sure will be shared, audition disasters, our adventures in New York over the last two years, and lots of brilliant songs!
What are you looking forward to for the concert and how does it feel to be working with Fourth Wall Live?
I’m really looking forward to playing this album that I’ve been working on for the last eight months live with this extraordinary band. And I have worked with Darren and Fourth Wall Productions before, and it’s an absolute pleasure to be back at the gorgeous Cadogan Hall working with them again!
How do you think it will be performing at Cadogan Hall, and have you seen any shows there previously?
I adore singing in this beautiful hall, last time I was here was singing with the incredible Shoshana Bean, and then getting to watch that powerhouse!
How are you preparing for the show and who do you think will enjoy the performance?
I have been rehearsing with my MD, Sam Young and loving his take on these songs, and getting to sing them live is a real thrill. These songs are still pretty new to me and I haven’t sang them live yet, so it’s been a real joy, singing them in to my voice.
The event follows the release of your third studio album, what can you tell us about the album and is there anything you enjoy most about recording music?
I really enjoyed making the pop songs more theatrical on this new album and really telling the story in songs that we all know and love both in musical theatre and pop/Americana styles. I think there is something on this album for everyone.
What has the new album been like to work on and how has it been deciding on the final tracklist?
Deciding on the final tracklist was the hardest job of all! I genuinely could have recorded 22 songs! Well, at least we know there’s definitely desire for another album… It was tricky to begin with, as the first three or four months, I was doing lots of Zoom meetings and phone calls as I was living in New York. It was also pretty tricky as I was filming in Ireland and flying back at the weekends to record the album.
You are currently guest-starring as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard on Monday evenings, how is your time in the cast going so far and what is the musical like to be part of?
It has been the most incredible and eye-opening show I have done for a long time! The cars are incredible and working with Jamie (Lloyd) has been a real career highlight.
What is Norma Desmond like to play and was there anything that drew you to the show?
I have always had my eye on clean Norma Desmond, if I’m honest, I didn’t think it would be there soon in my career, haha! But I like the fact that they have decided to not consider the age so much, but also looking more at how we all see ourselves, even at this tender age of 40-something. Finding the character of Norma has been really incredible, she is so up-and-down and erratic, it’s been a rollercoaster… quite literally. Love it!
How has it been rehearsing for the production and why would you recommend booking tickets to one of your performance dates?
This is the show everyone’s talking about in the West End, just book tickets. It’s an amazing new take of this incredible show.
On screen, you play the regular role of Siobhan O’Hare in Hope Street, can you tell us about this?
It has been an incredible three seasons playing this role on television. I have really got to learn how this medium works, and I absolutely love it! It’s a beautiful wee Northern Irish show, and everyone should watch it.
Where does your love of acting and performing come from and how did you get into it?
I have my father and sister to thank! Dad was always getting us to sing and act as kids and my sister got me into musical theatre. She actually took me along to her rehearsals. When she was Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, I was hooked!
Do you have any favourite films, TV and theatre shows to watch and how do you like to spend your free time?
I love spending my free time with my gorgeous husband Guy and my beautiful son Ben, going for a bike ride and finishing it off with a nice glass of wine and a Sunday roast are usually my favourite moments of the week. I love watching theatre, especially new shows. And I also love to wind down in the evening, watching a TV series with my husband and myself.
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