Rachel Juhasz was one of those weird kids in the 80s who preferred watching old black and white Hollywood musicals to Video Hits. Consequently, rather than idolising Kylie Minogue and making up routines to Locomotion and I Should Be So Lucky, Rachel became a miniature Judy Garland and staged countless school-ground performances of The Trolley Song and Zing Went the Strings of My Heart.
Rachel is now an experienced performer with countless solo, group, big band and live theatre performances under her belt She has received vocal training from the likes of jazz pianist Bob Sedergreen, jazz vocalists Nilusha Baeder, Michelle Nicolle and Alison Wedding, and most recently from music theatre vocal teachers Curtis Bayliss and Adrienne Angel. She is currently the vocalist for the jazz and swing ensembles Rachel and The Right Mixers, Rachel Plus and Bittersweet, and also forms half of the cabaret jazz act Double the Diva with Brigid DeNeefe.
On-stage, Rachel’s theatrical credits include lead performances as the formidable Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes (Whitehorse, 2010), Carol Channing and Ethel Merman in Forbidden Broadway, Greatest Hits Volume 1 (SHooSH!, 2009), Liz Imbrie in High Society (CLOC, 2009), Lois Lane in Kiss Me, Kate (Park Players, 2008) Tracy Lord in High Society (Park Players, 2007) and ensemble parts in City of Angels (PEP, 2007), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Nova, 2007) and My One and Only (CLOC, 2002). Most recently she tackled the challenging role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Catchment, 2011) and also appeared as Sister Robert Anne in Nunsense (Catchment, 2010).
In 2010 Rachel also presented two highly successful seasons of her self-penned solo cabaret My Judy Journals (featuring the songs of Judy Garland) at the Butterfly Club in South Melbourne. Most recently she presented a triumphant 2 week season of the show as part of the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe – her first foray into the international performance scene.