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Wicked cartoon is proof Rachel Tucker is now a major draw on Broadway

By Staff Reporter

You know you've made it on Broadway when Justin 'Squigs' Robertson sketches you.

And Belfast actress and singer Rachel Tucker is the latest to get the treatment from New York theatre's resident artist.

A thumbs-up from Squigs these days is, for Broadway thespians, almost akin to getting your own star on Hollywood Boulevard, and 33-year-old Rachel was delighted with the depiction of her as Elphaba in Wicked, which opened at the Gerschwin Theatre two weeks ago.

Rachel, who posted the sketch on her Twitter account, has made a triumphant return to New York a year after the disappointment of seeing her debut Broadway project, The Last Ship, fold after only three months due to poor reviews and slow ticket sales.

But Rachel's performance as Meg Dawson in that musical saw her heralded as one of the top 10 New York stage performers of 2014.

And it was no real surprise when she was asked to reprise the Elphaba role she played for almost three years in the West End production of the musical, putting in some 1,000 performances between 2010 and 2012.

"I dreamt of doing Wicked in London, but I never dreamed that I'd be doing it on Broadway, until I got into the West End show," Rachel told the New York Theatre Guide.

"Then I thought: 'Is it possible?' You can't just say at 21: 'Right, I'm off to Broadway!' But I did say at 22 that the total and utter dream ambition for this Belfast girl would be Broadway, and now I've done it twice in the space of one year".

'Squigs' Robertson, meanwhile, was recently hailed by the New York Times for carrying on the theatrical caricature tradition exemplified by legendary Times artist Al Hirschfeld.

The Oregon artist's illustrations can be seen regularly as the Broadway Ink feature on Broadway.com. They have also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Variety, the Playbill Broadway Yearbook and theatrical productions in New York, London, and around the world.

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