Rachel participated in a reading of A Rebel Prayer by Eloise Govedare and Aleksandra Weil, NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing students. Based in Putin’s modern day Russia, A Rebel Prayer is a musical about 13 year old Nikita whose father was murdered for his political views. When Nikita finds a mask resembling that of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot, she begins a fantastical journey of empowerment and rebellion. In the course of her journey, she discovers the truth about her father’s death, and must decide whether freedom should be defended, at any cost.
Rachel will be playing the role of Beth Spencer in the upcoming production of Merrily We Roll Along at the Astoria Performing Arts Center. The rarely done Stephen Sondheim musical tells the story of how a composers idealism and friendship are corrupted by success. The story is told backwards starting with the disillusioned present and ending with his optimistic college years. The show will be directed by APAC's artistic director Dev Bondarin, choreographed by Misha Shields, and with musical direction by Ming Aldrich-Gan.
Rachel is thrilled to be returning to APAC, an organization she holds near to her heart after having performed in 2010's Children of Eden and 2011's The Human Comedy.
Rachel took part in a closed industry reading of The Calico Buffalo, playing the female leading role of Willa-Mah. Based on the children's book by EJ Stapleton and with music by Grammy-winner Peter Stopschinski, The Calico Buffalo tells the tale of young prince buffalo born covered with the markings of a calico kitten, catapulting the entire buffalo nation into the adventure of a lifetime. Under the direction of Craig J. George, the reading took place in early January at Ripley Grier Studios.
Rachel is thrilled to be joining the 2014 National Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas! She'll be understudying the leading role of Betty Haynes, as well as playing the role of Tessie. She'll be revisiting some of the cities she played on the South Pacific tour, as well as some new locations to check off the list! The show will be directed and choreographed by Broadway legend, Randy Skinner.
Hope to see you a performance!
Rachel participated in a 29-hour reading of Anastasia, based on the 20th Century Fox animated movie. With music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, book by Terrence Mcnally, direction by Darko Tresnjak (2014 Tony Winner for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), music direction by Tom Murray, and a star-studded cast (including Tyne Daly and Judy Kaye), it was a VERY exciting week! Rehearsals and an industry reading took place at the Roundabout Rehearsal Studio. Keep your ears open about this musical's future!
Rachel will be making her NY City Center debut with the Encores! production of The Most Happy Fella this April 2-6. The production will be directed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw and the star-studded cast will include Laura Benanti, Cheyenne Jackson, Shuler Hensley, and Heidi Blickenstaff.
Rachel will be spending the next month with Musicals Tonight, an NYC theatre company dedicated to the revival of "neglected" musicals. Little Mary Sunshine parodies old-fashioned operettas and musicals, the New York Times called it "a merry and sprightly spoof of an era when 'justice always triumphed.'" The original off-Broadway production opened in the East Village in 1959 and ran for 1,143 performances and has not played in New York since! It will be running at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row March 4th-16th.
For more info, head to Musicals Tonight!
Rachel will be spending the fall singing one of the most beautiful scores in musical theatre history, The Most Happy Fella, at Goodspeed Opera House as part of it's 50th Anniversary season! She will be in the ensemble and understudying the role of Cleo. The production will run from September 20th through December 1st. Visit goodspeed.org for more information!