How did I end up here!?

I know I seem to always start each update this way, but it has been far too long since I’ve posted here! To be completely honest, I only realized last week that my blog wasn’t even visible on my website anymore as I’d let my website maintenance fall to the wayside in all the activity (and lack thereof!) of the past year.

When I finished at School of Rock at the start of February 2020, I was sad, but hopeful. I knew I was likely to be unemployed for a little while, but I’d picked up lots of babysitting work (my usual support job when I’m not working in theatre) and even had some auditions lined up! My goodness, so much changed overnight. With that first lockdown, I wasn’t even able to do my usual support job and suddenly everything in my life had to shift. Looking back, it seems I drifted through the end of March and start of April in a haze of anxiety and fear. But, I managed to focus all that anxious energy into being productive and keeping busy, and now I’m juggling more jobs than I have in years–teaching English as a foreign language online, and managing social media accounts (and more) for two businesses. I’ve been so lucky to book some voiceover work here and there (as soon as I’m allowed to tell you, I promise to *actually* post about it!) and have made an effort to keep creative by singing and playing guitar at home. But I’ve also given myself time to step away from that most basic impulse–to be productive. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suddenly some zen gal who can sit back and chill for hours at a time, but I have let myself rest when I need to, sit down instead of wandering my neighborhood aimlessly to get my steps in.

Rebecca and her boyfriend JJ smiling behind masks on a sunny day in the park. Rebecca's mask is covered in Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans and JJ's is blue with white stars.
We never go anywhere without masks! I sewed these Harry Potter themed ones at our kitchen table 🙂

I decided at the end of last year to challenge myself to read 100 books in 2021. It’s something I did ten years ago, and a journey I wrote about on this very blog (wow, my website is old! Weird that it is aging and I am not.) So I’ve created a page for it here, too. Feel free to follow along with what I’m reading and let me know if you have any suggestions! In an effort to broaden my horizons, I’m trying to step away from the western, white male-centric literature (this is something I’ve been working on for years), and particularly to embrace female and BIPOC authors. So far, 15 of the 21 books I’ve read have been by women, with 16 by BIPOC writers!

Rebecca stands at a wooden music stand wearing a black and green long sleeve dress. She has long curly auburn hair and is illuminated by red light. Behind her, the hall is illuminated in purple and pink light.
Image by Gavin Nugent

And in news I can’t believe I’m writing, I actually sang live in a theatre a couple weeks ago! I was so lucky to be a part of a live recording of Treason, a new musical in development about the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. I recorded a couple songs from the show last autumn as part of a 5-song teaser release, and it was so wonderful to see those come to life with five more never-before-heard tracks in concert at Cadogan Hall. The cast that was assembled was just epic–so many wildly talented people, and all so wonderful to be around, in masks, for four days of glorious rehearsal. The joy of singing in harmony with eight other souls after a year of silence at home was truly a revelation. Treason streamed 5 shows last weekend and got such great buzz! Who knows what’s next, but I’m so glad to have been a small part of this musical which surely has a bright future.

Sharon Rose, Lucie Jones, and Rebecca stand in a line, singing, at music stands. Sharon wears a tan jumpsuit and Lucie wears a black floral dress.
Sharon Rose, Lucie Jones, and Rebecca at Cadogan Hall. Image by Gavin Nugent.

Sending you all love, if anyone even stumbles upon this to read, and hoping that this next year is full of wonderful, exciting moments for everyone. Stay safe! Wear your masks!

Love,

Rebecca

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Exciting Voiceover News!

So thrilled that two of the video games I’ve voiced are now LIVE on Apple Arcade! 

I started recording for The Bradwell Conspiracy almost two years ago, so it is such a joy to finally get to play it. It will be live this week on PlayStation 4 and Steam (8 October), Nintendo Switch (10 October) and Xbox One (11 October). You can learn a lot more on the game website, but here’s the basics…

“Following a sudden explosion at the Stonehenge Museum fundraiser, you find yourself trapped in a hidden underground complex. Your only means of escape is by sending photographs of your surroundings to another survivor confined elsewhere.”

I play Dr. Amber Randall, the only other person left in the deserted, crumbling complex, and we work together to try to escape and uncover the conspiracy amidst the chaos! 

Check out our latest trailer featuring lots of great Amber-isms:

Another fantastic game to check out is Assemble With Care from UsTwo Games which has been getting rave reviews from Apple Arcade users! 

The game follows Maria (who I voice!), a repairwoman who visits the town of Bellariva to find work. Along the way, she ends up helping the people there fix much more than just their beloved objects. The graphics and music are absolutely gorgeous, and with a short gameplay of about 2 hours it is an unmissable, peaceful, joy of a journey to go on! 

Check out the trailer here:

If you’ve already played, please let me know what you think! I absolutely love both of these projects and am so proud to have received great feedback so far. 

And in theatrical news— still rocking out 8 times a week at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in School of Rock! I should be playing Patty DiMarco through February of 2020, so come out and see us if you haven’t yet! 

Xoxo

Rebecca 

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Too many exciting things!

I know it’s been, as ever, FAR too long since an update on here. Finally, though, some very good and exciting news to report!

I’m typing this update backstage in my dressing room at School of Rock in the West End! I’ve taken over the role of Patty while the gorgeous Michelle Francis (who was in Mack and Mabel with me back in the day!) pops off to have a baby. I’m a couple weeks into performances now and absolutely loving it.

February was a total whirlwind—before I even found out I’d be starting at School of Rock I was planning a cabaret with my dear friend Chris Peluso, which we debuted at Crazy Coqs Live at Zédel on Sunday 10 February. We had so much fun and are so grateful for those who made it out to support us. Hopefully it will not be a one-time affair! Videos of the night can be found on my YouTube page as well as under the “Video” section on this website.


I also finished work last year on a brand new video game that I am so excited about. It’s called The Bradwell Conspiracy, and as soon as I know more about when the game will be released I’ll be posting here and on my social media pages. Recording it with director Kate Saxon, writers Georg Backer and Holly Pickering, and all the wonderful folks at Side UK was an absolute delight. It’s looking like I may have some other exciting voiceover opportunities in 2019, too, so I’m thrilled to keep working and learning in this new (to me!) discipline.

Overall, I just can’t believe how much everything has turned around for me over the past month or so. I’ve been living in London two years now, and it has not been an easy journey, but I’m finally a full-time working actor again. Thank you universe!

Xoxo

Rebecca

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First London gig!

Hello all!

There has been little to update about since my move to London last year. Admittedly, it’s been another uphill climb to meet new casting directors and get seen for the projects I’m right for, but it finally feels like I’m gaining momentum and hopefully this will be the first of many happy announcements in the next year.

I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be performing in a brand new musical revue, Give My Regards to Broadway this July and August at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate, North London. The show, which is being produced by Jospeh Hodges, will be directed by Harry Blumenau with choreography by Chris Whittaker and music direction by Ashley Jacobs. Joining me in the cast are Ben Lancaster, Albert Linsdell and Thea Butler. We’ll be bringing you all the greatest hits from the golden era of Broadway, including classics from Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, and Irving Berlin.

Check out our press release with BroadwayWorld here,
and buy your tickets for the show on the Gathehouse Theatre website!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Xoxo
Rebecca

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Goodbye, NYC!

Well, I accidentally missed almost two years of updating this blog…whoops!

Here’s the sparknotes recap:

— I had an amazing time with Mack and Mabel in Chichester and on our UK tour. In addition to the many joys of the cast and show, I fell in love with our production carpenter, JJ, and this month we celebrated our year and a half anniversary! (Is that a thing?)
— When I returned to the US, I had the pleasure of performing as Carole on the National Tour of Beautiful, and representing the show at promotional events all across the country. I racked up soooo many frequent flyer miles. Woohoo!
— I returned to my original track in Beautiful over the summer, and will be finishing my second run on Broadway in a few weeks.

And now, for the exciting news:

I’m moving to London at the end of February! After a long year of visa applications and life juggling, I’m thrilled to finally be able to take the first step in this new adventure. I’ve been in New York for almost 10 years, and while I will always love it and consider it a home, I’m excited for a change of pace and scenery.

Hopefully I will be better about updating this page with my career and life developments in the UK, and I look forward to sharing every new endeavor with all of you!

Cheers!
Rebecca

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London living!

Oh man, oh man. Not that I expect I have many devoted blog readers on this website, but I have been woefully absent this past year!!! Apologies if I have got any secret fans who really miss hearing from me, but it turns out I’m much better at Twitter and Facebook than I am here. Eek!

That said, I’m back, and ready to give the exciting update of what the past ten months have brought me.

As it had been from the start, Beautiful was the most incredible adventure life has taken me on to date and continued to be an absolute heaven of a job for each of the twenty months I spent working on it. I got to enjoy the company of my amazingly talented, compassionate, and generous cast mates. I got to fly across the country (and even to Canada!) to promote the show. I got the awesome opportunity to play Carole over 30 times for Tony-winner Jessie Mueller and later for the gorgeous Chilina Kennedy. May 10th, our 555th show, was my last (and a tearful one, at that).

Now, here I am writing from my flat in London, 3 weeks into rehearsals for what promises to be a truly special revival of Mack and Mabel at the Chichester Festival Theater and UK Tour. I’m working opposite Olivier Award winner Michael Ball (who recently got his OBE!) and a mind-blowingly talented cast of UK actors, and it still doesn’t feel real. Life is just too sweet.

Mack and Mabel is a hell of a show and a giant undertaking for all of us and our director, the remarkable Jonathan Church. Stephen Mear is blowing me away with his giant, gorgeous dance numbers. Toby Park and Aitor Basauri are making clowns out of all of us with their indispensable comedy and slapstick coaching. Music director Robert Scott and vocal coach Anne-Marie Speed have got me singing like I never expected I could. And just wait until you see Rob Jones’s stunning set and costume designs. It’s truly something magical in the making.

Meanwhile, I’m doing my best just to stay afloat in the madness of this cross-Atlantic move; learning London, getting lost on the Tube, seeing theater, making friends, learning lines, practicing choreography, and admittedly, missing home. But I am ever grateful for the wonder that my life unfolds to be. Utterly aware this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I promise not to squander a single moment of it.

For any of you in the UK, I do hope you’ll be able to come see the show. We begin previews in Chichester July 13th, celebrate Press Night on July 21st, and run until September 5th. More information can be found on Chichester’s website.

Our UK tour begins October 1st in Plymouth. All tour dates and cities can be found on the show’s official website.

Here are some photos from our first few weeks in the room… with more antics and silliness to ensue I’m sure!

I’ll try to be better about updating throughout our Chichester run and tour, but I don’t want to make promises I can’t keep! Most importantly I want to savor every single moment of my dream life as I’m living it.

 

xo

Rebecca

Our Fatty Arbuckle, Jack Edwards, survived a pie attack!

Our Fatty Arbuckle, Jack Edwards, survived a pie attack!

Michael and I suit up for a rehearsal of our Roman pie-throwing scene!

Michael and I suit up for a rehearsal of our Roman pie-throwing scene!

Still from our shoot for Mabel's Strange Predicament, one of the silent films that will be projected as part of the show.

Still from our shoot for Mabel’s Strange Predicament, one of the silent films that will be projected as part of the show.

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Broadway in Chicago

Just a quick update to thank all the amazing folks who came out to Broadway In Chicago’s annual summer concert last night in Millennium Park. Such an amazing event and I was so thrilled to be a part of it.

Check out these awesome photos from the event as well as some footage from a fan.

Now back to NYC for the show…looking forward to performing as Carole at the Sondheim from August 29th-September 4th! Hope to see you there.

 

chicago concert crowd

Our HUGE crowd…over 15,000 people!

Will you still love me tomorrow?

BIC Concert 1

You’re Beautiful as you feel!

 

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Some Kind of Wonderful

It’s been a thrilling few months since we opened Beautiful. We’ve broken box office records, been sold out the past two weeks, and of course the past month has held many surprise visitors including none other than CAROLE KING herself!

Check out this video footage shot by an audience member of Carole joining us to sing “You’ve Got a Friend” for  $30,000 donation to BCEFA.

It was such an honor to have Carole at the show, and she is as lovely and kind as she is talented. We remain so proud to be able to tell her story every night.

I also had the joy of representing Beautiful at the International Pow Wow Conference in Chicago at the start of the month. Here are some photos from the performance, what a ball!

Chicago Promotion!

Chicago promotion2 Even more exciting, our Original Broadway Cast Recording has officially been released! This is my first OBC recording and I can’t even believe how incredible it sounds. We really have something special on our hands here. Download on iTunes here!

Here’s hoping things continue to be as fabulous as they’ve been! I can’t imagine anything better than this dream life I’m living!

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We’re Open!!

Well, last night was the star-studded opening for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. After 32 San Francisco performances and 60 previews, we are now officially open on Broadway!

This entire experience has been a dream. It is unbelievable that I get to go to the theatre every day and perform with the cast that has become my family. It’s amazing to watch audiences singing and dancing along during curtain call, and the response to the show has been truly fantastic. I can’t wait to see what comes next for us, and I hope that last night was the first of many, many Broadway openings for me!!

I’ve added some production photos from the show to the Media page of the site. Hopefully more to come soon! Here’s a sneak peek of last night’s festivities:

 

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Backstage Greetings!

Hello from backstage at the lovely Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where we open previews for Beautiful this Thursday, November 21. My Broadway debut!

We had an amazing sold-out run in San Francisco, and have been working hard every step of the way to bring the story to life in the best way possible. I even had the insane, incredible opportunity to step into Carole’s shoes on our last show at the Curran, which was probably one of the greatest experiences of my whole life. I had never had a moment of rehearsal for the role and only had an hour’s notice, so it was a whirlwind to say the least. I’m excited to think the next time I go on I will (hopefully!) have a bit of preparation first.

I’m so grateful to be a part of this unbelievably talented and full-hearted group of performers and to have the joy of working with every member of our creative team and crew. It is without question a dream come true life blessing to wake up every day and come to work.

Tickets are available for purchase at www.beautifulthemusical.com and we just announced a $40 day-of general rush for the show, so I hope all of you will be able to make it out to see the show!

Lots of love,

Rebecca

Beautiful the Musical

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