Twenty-year-old Buckley, who came second to Jodie Prenger in the BBC casting show, was called on at the very last minute to understudy an actress in the Whatsonstage.com-supported Perfect Pitch new musicals showcase, currently running at Trafalgar Studios 2 (See News, 3 Aug 2009.
According to Perfect Pitch producer Andy Barnes: “On Tuesday, Jessie stood in for Fiona Sinnott, who was struck down with suspected pneumonia. She had an hour and a half to look at the script before going on to play the role of Mairin in Dougal Irvine's In Touch.”
“We have no understudies due to the nature of what we do so we put a frantic call in yesterday morning and Jessie cancelled a singing lesson to come over and help us out. She did an amazing job and barely even needed the script she had with her!”
Buckley, whose fellow Night Music cast member Kaisa Hammarlund is also performing in Perfect Pitch, will be playing the role until the end of the week. For further information and a full performance schedule, visit perfectpitchmusicals.com.