THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- VIOLET's Emerson Steele
Welcome to THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with your favorite Broadway stars. Want to know what hooked them to a career in the theater? Their dream roles? Their Broadway crushes? Read on!
What is the first Broadway show you ever saw?
The first Broadway show I ever saw was BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, but I was only two, so I don't exactly remember it. The first one I remember seeing was MARY POPPINS when I was 11.
What is your most unique pre-show ritual?
Before every show, Joshua Henry (the Tony Award nominated Flick!) and I give each other not one, but TWO hugs!!!
What is your most memorable "the show must go on" moment?
Lol! Well, that actually just happened last week. I hope Alex (My Father-my "SHAD" in Violet) doesn't mind me sharing this. We were doing what we call the "catechism scene." In the scene, I have a catechism, a book, in my hand and I have to close it super fast and keep it away from Alexander Gemignani who plays my father. Well anyway, it was our Wednesday night show and as I went to shut the book, it flew out of my hands and fell to the ground. Alex and I both then went to grab it, but he got it. We kept going with the scene and changed a few of the words to make sense of it. And then because of the changed wording, I guess, Alex's lines went straight out of his head, so he just said the one line he did remember several times. And then he just walked offstage and left me standing there! So, I just said my next line, which forced him to walk back onstage to me and we finished the scene. It was crazy! We didn't laugh or break character onstage. But at the same time it was hilarious and a great learning moment. But the lesson was mostly ... don't drop the catechism!!!
What is the one role you want to play before you die?
Gosh! That's a hard one. Can I say two or is that being greedy? Haha! But I would probably have to say Elphaba and Evita!
Who is your Broadway crush?
My Broadway crush is Jarrod Spector because he is so extremely talented, I love his voice, and he is just the nicest guy, too!
Where can people stalk you online?