Rachel Tucker Extends Her Stay in Wicked
The Former Talent Show Contestant to Continue Portraying Elphaba at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
With Michael Crawford announcing an extension to his appearance as the Wizard in “The Wizard Of Oz” at the London Palladium it is now the turn of the West End’s other production set in the land of Oz to appear in the spotlight. It has been announced that Rachel Tucker and Julie Legrand will both be remaining in the roles of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Madame Morrible respectively in the Apollo Victoria Theatre’s production of “Wicked”.
Rachel Tucker is a Northern Irish performer who is best known to audiences for appearing on the BBC television series “I’d Do Anything”, which sought to find the perfect Nancy in the musical of “Oliver” (eventually Jodie Prenger won the part and appeared in the production at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Though she did not win the contest she has still managed to carve a successful stint in the West End with roles in the likes of “We Will Rock You” and, since March 2010, “Wicked”. The new extension of her appearance in the show means that audiences will be able to witness her work until at least some point in 2012.
“Wicked”, of course, is the famous prequel story to L Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” and takes its cues from the novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of The Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire. In it we meet two people at school who have contrasting experiences: one is beautiful and popular and the other has emerald green skin and book smarts. What begins as a playground rivalry then explodes into the whole of Oz as the former becomes Glinda the Good Witch and the latter Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West.
The production opened its doors at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in September 2006 and has remained there to this day. The current cast, in addition to Tucker and Legrand, is Clive Carter, Louise Dearman, Mark Evans, Julian Forsyth, Zoe Rainey and Ben Stott, though they will be replaced with a new cast in December.
Audiences can still pick up Theatre Tickets for “Wicked” as it continues to take bookings at the Apollo Victoria Theatre until Saturday 27th October 2012.