After great success in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Rachael Beck and David Hobson want to do it all over again…
Rachael Beck so enjoyed working with David Hobson on stage in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang that she is up for it all over again in their new show, My Baby Just Cares For Me.
“We want to keep flying high in that car, so we decided to put an album and a show together,” Beck says. “David and I carry so many styles of music, we’re crossing into each other genres, we’ve got scenes from musicals, songs from our albums and we do swing and jazz.”
Beck’s favourite songs in the show include The Sound of Music medley she sings with Hobson.
“I love singing Send in the Clowns too, and I also sing a bit from Carmen which I love.”
While reality TV programs seem to be the starting ground for so many performers today, Beck made her stage debut at 15 years of age after persistent auditioning.
“Dad saw an ad calling for cats and kittens to audition for a new show called Cats. Dad said I could be a kitten so we drove the four hours from Alstonville to Brisbane for the audition,” Beck says. “It was a full on audition with adults, I was the only kid there so they said I could stand at the back of the audition. They told me to keep coming back and I did. I got the break at 15.”
Since then Beck has moved between television sitcom roles, dramas and stage musicals, including stints in Hey Dad, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music, City Homicide, Stingers, Mercury, The Feds, This Man This Woman, GP and Flying Doctors.
“You make every role you play the role for you and you make it something that you love,” Beck says. “My favourite … I did love playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret. I would love to play her again. I’m blessed to be able to chop and change to dramatic, comedy, musical, sitcom and I’m very thankful that I can. But still, I go to auditions for a TV role and they say “no, she’s a singer”. There are definitely auditions that fall into a niche.”
Beck released her debut solo album This Girl in March of this year and it includes her own composition, Perfect Day.
“I write all the time and I’ve played the piano since I was a child. As this is the first album I thought I would put songs on it that people knew and just one of my own. I have lots of my own songs and maybe the next album I’ll include a few more; maybe one day, a total album of my songs.”
In the interim, when not performing, rehearsing and learning lines, Beck is an Ambassador of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation.
“I’m working on the inaugural International Musical Day in Australia — we’re putting on five hours of performances around Sydney and we’ve got some big names. It will be a free music event to celebrate music and to show how important it is to everyone,” she says.
“The foundation puts music classes and instruments into detention centres and into schools in lower socioeconomic areas. There’s a correlation between music and education results, so it helps everyone. It is great that so much money is put into aiding physical ailments like cancer, but more should be put into helping with mental and emotional needs. Music helps create hope and joy. Emotional and mental health is linked to physical health, so if we are happy, hopefully we are healthy.”
Beck assures us you will feel happy after seeing her one night only performance.
“Brisbane residents have never seen anything like it,” she says. “It is a musical feast with a lot of humour.”
My Baby Just Cares For Me, one night only, Thursday 12 June, Concert Hall QPAC. Bookings: QPAC website or 136 246.