Everything happened a lot faster than she would’ve liked, but musical theater actress Rachael Wooding took things in stride.
In 2015, the Yorkshire native took some time off from playing the lead female role, Scaramouche, in “We Will Rock You,” to get married, and, unexpectedly, got pregnant on her honeymoon. But life as a stay-at-home mom wasn’t exactly her style, so when her daughter was just shy of one year old, she decided to get back into the game.
No, not by taking back her old role as Scaramouche, but as a contestant on “Britain’s Got Talent.”
When Rachael appeared on stage, some members of the audience probably recognized her for that role, or her appearances on the British soap opera “Coronation Street.”
When asked what kind of work she does now, though, she replied, “At the minute, I’m a mum.” That’s a big role for sure, the biggest any woman could take on, but Rachel proved mom’s can have it all with an audition that ended with this reaction!
The judges and audience were treated to a pitch-perfect rendition of “Without You” from “Ghost,” the musical based on the 1990 film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. Auditions are usually broken up by a smattering of cheering and applause here and there, but it was like the entire auditorium was holding its breath, it was that silent. What Simon, in fact, dubbed “the perfect silence.”
“Rachael, when you sang, there was something which I call ‘the perfect silence,’ which means everyone literally is focused on you,” he explained. “This was the most beautiful version of the song I’ve ever heard.”
Without a doubt, this won’t be the last we hear of Rachel Wooding. Watch her stunning performance in the video below, and share with all the musical theater lovers in your life!
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