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Rachael Beck: This Girl Review

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Rachael Beck: This Girl Review

An intimate journey through Rachael Beck’s life and career expressed in song and stories

 

Australia’s sweetheart of screen and stage, Rachael Beck, returned to QPAC this October in an inspiring autobiographical performance. Named after her debut solo album released in March 2014, This Girl journeys through Rachael Beck’s life and career.

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The Cremorne theatre was transformed into a cabaret style venue with tables and theatre seating. A large chandelier shone over the simple and elegant stage decorated with a chaise lounge and black grand piano.

 

This musical powerhouse captivated the audience from the moment she sung her first note in This Girl, a song querying who she is. Wearing a stunning orange gown, Rachael Beck dazzled the audience with her beautiful voice.

 

Her determination and philosophy of never giving up was expressed in her second number as she donned a black velvet cape and recreated a childhood eisteddfod memory, performing Sesame Street’s, Song of the Count, complete with a tap dancing routine.

 

This Girl spans Rachael Beck’s prolific career, from winning the above eisteddfod, to her musical theatre roles in Cats, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and various television roles in Home and Away, A Country Practice and Hey Dad!

 

Rachael Beck is a seriously talented singer and performer. Accompanied by Max Lambert, a gifted pianist who spent nine years playing the piano on Playschool, this Disney Princess’s stunning rendition of Les Miserables, I Dreamed a Dream left me with goosebumps. Her eclectic choice of music included Stephen Sondheim’s Send In the Clowns, Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love, Sun and Moon, Beauty and the Beast and Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps.

 

As a proud Ambassador for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, Rachael Beck shared her passion for music with a third year Bachelor of Musical Theatre student from Griffith Conservatory, singing a Wicked duet – For Good.

 

Rachael Beck’s stunning music, theatrics and honest, candid stories enchanted the audience, providing a refreshing and inspirational show. She concluded with a stellar performance of “Hallelujah”, showcasing why This Girl is one of Australia’s best-loved stage performers.

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