From Scottsdale to ’42nd Street’: Q&A with Emily Anderson

Emily Blake Anderson (submitted photo)

Emily Blake Anderson (submitted photo)

Scottsdale resident Emily Blake Anderson has moved away from Arizona to pursue a career in theater in New York. Now, on tour, Ms. Anderson is back in the Valley of the Sun while on a national tour of “42nd Street,” opening at ASU Gammage on April 5.

The Independent wanted to get to know the local star a little better with a Q&A. The young star opened up about her favorite production, best hang out spots and what a typical day in New York looks like.

  1.       Where in Scottsdale did you grow up? I spent about 7 years living in Paradise Valley, and 6 living in North Scottsdale.
  1.       What’s the best part about living in New York now? The food! I love it. And all of the opportunities that are available there.
  1.       Who were some of your influences growing up and why? I was always strongly influenced by musical theater. My first memory of a Broadway musical is listening to the CD of Les Miserables with my mom and my brother; he and I would dance around the house! I also loved movie musicals- Singin’ in the Rain, Oklahoma, anything Disney; I loved all the movies where they sang and danced. Once I became more aware of the art form, I was strongly influenced by Fred Astaire, Bob Fosse, and Steven Sondheim.
  1.       What’s been your favorite production so far? What would be one project that would totally make your life? 42nd Street! I love this show, and I’ve always wanted to perform in it. Working with Randy Skinner, our choreographer, has been a long term goal of mine, so getting to work with him on his most iconic show has been a dream come true! Moving forward I would love to get into a Broadway show like Something Rotten or a revival of something old fashioned- I love the period that our show is set in and anything with tap dancing!
  1.       What is a motto or saying you live by? “Fear is the base of what everybody does wrong in their lives.” That’s Elaine Stritch, one of my personal heroes.
  1.       What’s your favorite local hang-out spot in Scottsdale? I love the Kierland/Scottsdale Quarter area.
  1.       What is your favorite trait about yourself? That I’m really hardworking, and I don’t give up easily.
  1.       What’s your least favorite trait about yourself? I’m impatient, and I like to be in control too much!
  1.       Where do you always find cute clothes? Nordstrom!
  1.   Who is your celeb crush? Michael Fassbender!
  1.   Favorite cheat meal? If I’m in Arizona, definitely Mexican!!
  1.   What’s a day in the life of Emily look like? A typical day on tour looks like this: start with breakfast and coffee, do some sightseeing or a find a local coffee shop to get some work done or read. I try to get some practicing in: I’m teaching myself how to play the accordion currently, and I practice singing. Then I get a late lunch/early dinner, and head to the theater. I like to get there an hour and a half early to do my hair and makeup, then have a nice long time to warm up and do my physical therapy exercises. Then it’s show time! After the show I usually have a bite to eat and either grab a drink with some cast mates or just relax at the hotel!
  1.   What do you miss most about Scottsdale/Arizona? The wide, open desert, the mountains, our sunsets! It’s so different from NYC! I also miss my dog and cats at my parents’ house. I can’t have pets because I travel so much for work, so I really miss them!

“42nd Street” opens at ASU Gammage on April 5. To purchase tickets visit http://asugammage.com/shows/2015-16-broadway-season/42nd-street.

42nd Street opens at ASU Gammage April 5. (submitted photo)

42nd Street opens at ASU Gammage April 5. (submitted photo)

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