West End and Broadway star Rachel Tucker will be performing in Musical Bites on Saturday 12 May, alongside a fantastic line-up of West End performers.
Musical Bites is back for the third time presenting a tasting menu of five exciting new musicals in development. Audiences will be presented with 15 minutes of each piece - getting a bite of these musicals by inspiring new writers. Throughout the evening, audiences will be invited to provide their feedback on each musical taster with our innovative feedback app, Sli.do, to further the development of the piece. The initiative is produced by The Other Palace and Mercury Musical Developments, the UK’s only membership organisation dedicated to nurture new musical theatre writing.
Rachel Tucker trained at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music this year. She recently finished filming the BBC drama Informer, starring opposite Paddy Constantine. Her theatre credits include Elphaba in Wicked on both Broadway and London. Rachel made her Broadway debut starring as Meg Dawson in Sting’s musical The Last Ship directed by Joe Mantello (Neil Simon Theatre, New York and Bank of America Theatre, Chicago); Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory); Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse) and Meat in We Will Rock You (Dominion). Rachel’s debut solo album The Reason was launched in 2013 at her first sell-out concert at the St. James Theatre. Her critically acclaimed second album entitled On The Road was released in 2017.
The list of performers also includes Daniel Buckley, returning to The Other Palace following his performance as Feris in Eugenius!, Liam Tamne (Starlight Express workshop at The Other Palace, also Les Miserables, Wicked, Hairspray, The Phantom of the Opera), Pippa Duffy (Mid Morning Matters, Pete Vs life, Mouth To Mouth), Jon Boydon (Mamma Mia!, Lazarus, Jersey Boys), Liz Ewing (Follies, Mrs Henderson Presents), Natasha Jayetileke (Romantics Anonymous, Bend it Like Beckham), Renée Lamb (Six at the Arts Theatre), Sally Bankes (Rita, Sue and Bob Too, East is East), Rachel Bell (Doctors, The Strike Series: The Silkworm), Sherrie Pennington (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Singin' in the Rain) and Anoushka Lucas (Jesus Christ Superstar)
The line-up for musicals in development includes: Lucky from The Riveters (by Katie Mulgrew and Vikki Stone), Terror at the Sweet Shop (by Gavin Brock and Nichola Rivers), Operation Mincemeat (by Zoe Roberts, David Cumming, Natasha Hodgson and Felix Hagan), Chromatics (by Shauna Carrick) and Killer Queen (by Tasha Taylor Johnson, Jack McManus and Jonny Wright).
Lucky from The Riveters by Katie Mulgrew and Vikki Stone
A musical comedy set in a dystopian future Britain, where a war between robots and mankind has wiped out the majority of humanity. Particularly the man-kind. Yep, while we were all watching our world leaders, we should have been watching our contactless payment machines and nutribullets. Ten years after the great robot war, a small community of women survivors live in relative harmony; a post-apocalyptic WI, making jam and shooting trespassers. The women work together to try and build a future, but unfortunately without the arrival of any men, there isn’t going to be a future.
Cast: Rachel Tucker, Pippa Duffy, Sally Bankes, Rachel Bell, Natasha Jayetileke and Sherrie Pennington
Terror at the Sweet Shop by Gavin Brock and Nichola Rivers
Schoolchildren Oscar, Reese, Ishy and Emma investigate the mysterious disappearance of their beloved sweetshop owner MrMcNulty after he is replaced by the diabolical, child-hating Miss Primrose. With the help of a talking cat, a notoriously foul-smelling stinkbomb and the world's most explosive fart, the children vow to eviscerate the witch and save their local village from the most dangerous power the world has ever known. With an upbeat, tuneful score inspired by gospel, soul and rock n roll, Terror at the Sweetshop is a funny and fast-paced musical comedy based on the popular children’s novel by Lawrence Prestidge.
Cast: Liz Ewing, Bradley Riches, Isabella Pappas and Eshan Gopal
Operation Mincemeat by Zoe Roberts, David Cumming, Natasha Hodgson and Felix Hagan
The year is 1943 and right now, we’re losing the war. Luckily, we’re about to gamble all our futures on a dead tramp. Operation Mincemeat is a fast-paced, hilarious and unbelievable true story of the twisted secret mission that somehow won us World War 2. The question is, how did a well-dressed corpse wrong-foot Hitler into handing over Europe? Created by 3 members of critically acclaimed comedy troupe Kill the Beast and inspired musically by Hamilton, South Park & 40s swing, Operation Mincemeat rousingly investigates national pride, dumb luck, who writes our histories and what the hell we’re all fighting for in the first place.
Cast: Renee Lamb and Daniel Buckley
Chromatics by Shauna Carrick
A story about growing up and screwing up. We follow ten friends as they graduate from college and head out into the big bad world for the first time. Our friends deal with unrequited love, unwanted jobs, emigration, relationships, sexuality, all while trying to put on their first post-college play. In the midst of all of this, Kate finds herself in an unexpected position on graduation day. Pregnant and feeling alone, she pulls away from her friends as they continue to muddle through, while her boyfriend Fionn makes some questionable life decisions. Life is complicated, but there’s always a way through in the end.
Cast: Clodagh Lalor, Ciara Lyons, Tiarna Devlin, Joyce Murphy, Anna Bergin, Eimear Frew, Oisín Nolan, Malachy Conlan and Gary Tighe
Killer Queen by Tasha Taylor Johnson, Jack McManus and Jonny Wright
Set In the Parisian streets of the late 1700’s, Killer Queen is the modern re-imagining of a crime that brought the world’s most powerful woman to her knees. Jeanna, a scorned but skilful Orphan, is determined to reclaim her royal name and with the help of a desperate Cardinal and a cunning lover she plans to deceive and manipulate all those who ever jilted her. A fiesty new musical set in France but with a distinctly British flavour, which explores the unheard chain of events that led to French revolution… This is NOT Les Miserables - this is Killer Queen with a Killer soundtrack!
Cast: Liam Tamne, Daniel Buckley, Anoushka Lucas and Jon Boydon