Rachael Beck

Rachael Beck

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Rachael Beck
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Rachael Beck, 2011
Background information
Born (1971-02-09) February 9, 1971 (age 47)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation(s) Musical theatre and television actress-singer
Years active 1985–present
Website rachaelbeck.com.au

Rachael Elizabeth Beck (born 9 February 1971) is an Australian stage and television singer-actress. From 1991 to 1994 Beck had a major role on the popular sitcom, Hey Dad..!, as Samantha Kelly. From 2006 to 2008, Beck appeared on all three seasons of Seven Network‘s celebrity singing competition It Takes Two, as a singing coach successively for Mark Furze, Ernie Dingo and Mark Wilson. She has appeared in the Australian musical theatre productions of Cats (1985), Disney‘s Beauty and the Beast (1995–96), Les Misérables (1995–96), The Sound of Music (August 2000 to February 2001), Cabaret, Singing in the Rain and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.[1] Beck released her first solo album This Girl on 7 March 2014.[2]

Biography[edit]

Beck grew up in Sydney, and her father John Beck directed her in school musicals.[3][4] She has a brother and sister.[4] At nine-years-old Beck was performing at Eisteddfods where she sang “The Count” (from Sesame Street).[4] She attended SCECGS Redlands school in Sydney.

In 2001 she married fellow actor, Ian Stenlake and the couple have two daughters, Tahlula was born on 15 January 2007 and Roxie was born on 19 April 2009..[5]

Beck is an ambassador for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation,[6] a non-profit organisation which aims to provide musical instruments to children in disadvantaged, remote and Indigeounous communities in Australia.[7]

Television[edit]

Following a guest stint on soap Home and Away in 1990, Rachael was cast in the regular role of Claudia Rossi in the serial Family and Friends.

From 1991 to 1994 she had a major role on the popular sitcom, Hey Dad..!, as Samantha Kelly.[8] Her other television credits include brief stints on Home and Away and as a reporter for Postcards WA.[8]

From 2006 to 2008, Beck appeared on all three seasons of Seven Network‘s celebrity singing competition It Takes Two.[9] In 2006 she earned third place with Home and Away actor Mark Furze.[10] In 2007 she partnered Ernie Dingo, finishing fourth overall.[11] In 2008 she partnered Mark Wilson from Dancing with the Stars.[12]

In October 2007 Beck appeared on Nine Network‘s practical joke series, Surprise Surprise Gotcha, where a prank was played on her.[13]

Theatre[edit]

At the age of 13 she auditioned for the Sydney premiere of Cats but was considered too young, she took the role of Rumpleteazer for its Melbourne premiere in 1985.[14]

Beck has starred in a number of Australian theatre productions. In 1992 she performed the title role in Young Judy – a one-woman show on the early life of Judy Garland – written by her father, John.[3] She appeared in the Australian stage productions of Disney‘s Beauty and the Beast (1995–1996) as Belle opposite Hugh Jackman, (the cast recording of which won an ARIA Music Award for best cast album of 1996)[15] Les Misérables as Fantine (1997–98), The Sound of Music (August 2000 to February 2001), taking over from Lisa McCune as Maria for the Perth and Adelaide productions),[16][17] Cabaret as Sally Bowles, Singing in the Rain as Kathy Selden.[3][8] In 2006, Beck (as Gladys Hotchkiss) appeared alongside her husband Ian Stenlake (as Sid Sorokin) in a stage production of The Pajama Game at Melbourne’s State Theatre.[18]

In September 2007 Beck undertook the role of Beth in the Australia and New Zealand live concert tour of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage.[19] She was cast opposite Michael Falzon (Artilleryman) and Shannon Noll (Parson) as well as album alumni Chris Thompson, and Justin Hayward in their original roles.[20] The cast performed with the holographic head of narrator Richard Burton, as well as musical talents of the 48-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings and 10-piece Black Smoke Band, conducted by composer Jeff Wayne.[21]

During January and February 2012, Beck appeared in the role of Claire in Squabbalogic’s premiere of Adam Gwon’s chamber musical Ordinary Days at Sydney’s Darlinghurst Theatre with Michael Falzon (Jason), Erica Lovell (Deb) and Jay James Moody (Warren).[22]

She appeared in Enda Markeys April gala concert Side by Side by Sondheim in Sydney featuring Ruthie Henshall before joining Falzon again in September in the touring company of Side by Side by Sondheim. The touring production, which saw Beck perform in Canberra included Geraldine Turner and Jessica Rowe.[23]

In November she originated the role of Truly Scrumptious in Australia for the national premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney.[4] Beck remained with the tour throughout 2013.[1]

Beck appeared with fellow Ordinary Days co-star Michael Falzon for A Swingin’ Christmas Proms 2014[24] for Adelaide Festival Centre on December 12 and 13, 2014. Also performing were the Adelaide Art Orchestra under the direction of Timothy Sexton. She teamed up with Falzon again in 2016, as well as Alexandra Flood, Luke Kennedy and Queensland Symphony Orchestra for Queensland Ballet‘s season of Strictly Gershwin.[25]

Theatre
Production Role Company Location Date
Cats Rumpleteazer Really Useful Group Melbourne 1985
Beauty and The Beast Belle Disney 1995–1996
Les Misérables Fantine 1997–1998
The Sound of Music Maria Perth and Adelaide 2000–2001
Singing in the Rain Kathy Seldon Sydney 2001
Cabaret Sally Bowles IMG Productions Pty Ltd,Barry and Fran Weissler Australian tour 2003
Eureka! The Musical[26] Alicia Dunn Melbourne 2004
The Pajama Game Gladys The Production Company Melbourne 2006
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds[27] Beth Jeff Wayne /Michael Chugg Arena Concert tour Australia,
New Zealand
8–29 September 2007
Ordinary Days Claire Squabbalogic/Darlinghurst Theatre Sydney 19 January – 19 February 2012
Side by Side by Sondheim[28] The White Ribbon Foundation/Enda MarkeyPresents Sydney 20 April 2012
Side by Side by Sondheim Enda Markey Presents Canberra 21–22 September 2012
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Truly Scrumptious Australian tour 2013
Next to Normal[29] Diana Black Swan Theatre Company Perth November 2015

Discography[edit]

The Australian cast album of Beauty and the Beast[30]

  • “Belle” with Zachary McCay, Hugh Jackman, Kelly Aykers, Laura Hamilton, Kerry Peters, Ensemble
  • “No Matter What” with Ernie Bourne
  • “Me” with Hugh Jackman
  • “Belle” (Reprise)
  • “Home”
  • “Something There” with Michael Cormick, Robyn Arthur, Grant Smith, Bert Newton
  • “Transformation” with Michael Cormick
  • “Beauty and the Beast” (Reprise) – Cast

The Martin King Project[31] with Ian Stenlake; released on 31 December 2010 through Austep Records

  • “The Ocean”
  • “The Beach”
  • “The River”
  • “My War”
  • “Dream Within a Dream”

Stars of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Present Hit Songs from the Musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang[32] with David Hobson and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Guy Noble; released on 14 May 2013 through ABC Music

Beck released her first solo album through ABC Music in March 2014.[33] This Girl featured the songs:

My Baby Just Cares For Me[34] with David Hobson; released through ABC Music on 4 April 2014

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Production Role Year Result
Green Room Awards Best Female Actor in a Leading Role Les Misérables Fantine 1998 Nominated
Green Room Awards Best Female Actor in a Leading Role Singing in the Rain Kathy Seldon 2001 Nominated
Green Room Awards Best Female Actor in a Leading Role Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Truly Scrumptious 2013 Nominate
Actress (9 credits)
 1990-2012 Home and Away (TV Series)
Lisa Flemming / Kim Mitchell

Episode #1.5654 (2012) … Lisa Flemming
Episode #1.5649 (2012) … Lisa Flemming
Episode #1.5648 (2012) … Lisa Flemming
Episode #1.5640 (2012) … Lisa Flemming
Episode #1.5634 (2012) … Lisa Flemming
 2008 City Homicide (TV Series)
Gemma Pritchard

Jane Doe (2008) … Gemma Pritchard
 2000 Stingers (TV Series)
Tracy Mason

A Marriage to Die For (2000) … Tracy Mason
 1991-1994 Hey Dad..! (TV Series)
Samantha Kelly

This Is Your Wake Up Call (1994) … Samantha Kelly
No Ordinary Woman (1994) … Samantha Kelly (credit only)
Settling In (1994) … Samantha Kelly
Bon Voyage: Part 2 (1994) … Samantha Kelly
Bon Voyage: Part 1 (1993) … Samantha Kelly
 1993 The Feds: Deception (TV Movie)
Judy Taylor
 1990 Family and Friends (TV Series)
Claudia Rossi
 1990 A Country Practice (TV Series)
Paula Williams

Never Too Late: Part 2 (1990) … Paula Williams
Never Too Late: Part 1 (1990) … Paula Williams
 1989 The Flying Doctors (TV Series)
Rosie Malarvy

Not the Malarvys (1989) … Rosie Malarvy
 1989 This Man… This Woman (TV Mini-Series)
Susan Clarke
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