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Rachel Tucker goes solo with a selection of favourites

By John Porter

After taking the West End and Broadway by storm, Belfast singer and actress Rachel Tucker will be performing her own solo show featuring some of her favourite tracks.

After earning the plaudits as Meg in Sting's first musical The Last Ship and as Elphaba in Wicked, the 33-year-old will be starring in the appropriately titled, Back from Broadway.

It opens in St James' Theatre in Westminster for two performances on April 19.

In it, the singer will perform 24 of her favourite songs which have influenced her during her time in England, America and in Belfast.

"Expect the unexpected," Rachel told Entertainment Focus.

"I like surprising my audiences, and it's compulsory to have fun and be silly, I never take myself quite too seriously.

"I do love doing solo gigs, they are massively hard work and a lot of man hours need to be put in, that's why I decided to do two shows.

"But I do see gigs as individual events, once or twice in a year for me I feel is plenty.

"They should be an event and an experience, and not just another gig.

"While it's great experience for me... it should also feel very personal and a one-off."

Later this year, Tucker, who found fame in the BBC's I'll Do Anything in 2008 will join the cast of Alan Ayckbourn's comedy Communicating Doors at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London.

She was honoured for her role as Elphaba in Wicked at the 2011 Awards in London in 2011, where she was named Best Takeover In A Role for her performance. And in 2013, she released her debut album, The Reason.

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