Rachel Tucker is to join the cast of Come From Away on Broadway.
Having originated the role in London’s West End, Tucker is to join the company in New York from March 3.
She will succeed Becky Gulsvig on Broadway in the roles of Beverley, Annette, and others after departing the London production on February 8.
Tucker – who was nominated for an Olivier Award last year for her role in the show in the West End – said in a video posted to her social media: “I’ve got big news to share with you! I am so excited to tell you that I will be playing Beverley Bass at Come From Away on Broadway. I’m so excited I can shout it!
“From March 3 I will be joining the Come From Away family over in New York and I can’t wait to join the show and still be part of it. This story has a massive heart in it and I love being part of it.”
Tucker was last seen on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked, a role she also played in the West End production.
A new cast for Come From Away in London was previously announced, with Tucker’s fellow Wicked alum Alice Fearn taking over the role of Beverley/Annette and others.
Also joining the show will be Tarinn Callender (Bob and others), James Doherty (Claude and others), Alice Fearn (Beverley/Annette and others) Kate Graham (Diane and others), Alasdair Harvey (Nick/Doug and others), Ricardo Castro, Stuart Hickey, Sorelle Marsh, Micha Richardson and Matthew Whennell-Clark.
The new cast will begin performances at the Phoenix Theatre on Monday 10th February 2020.
Come From Away shares the touching real-life story of the 7,000 air passengers from all over the world who were grounded in Canada during the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, and the small Newfoundland community that invited these ‘come from aways’ into their lives.
With a score and book written by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away proved a huge hit on Broadway before transferring to the West End at the start of 2019.
Come From Away’s uplifting story and soaring score saw it nominated for nine awards at the Olivier Awards in 2019, winning four.