42nd Street playing at ASU's Gammage

A long-running Broadway classic is now playing in Tempe. "42nd Street" is showing at ASU's Gammage Theater for this week only. The Depression-era musical features a performer from the valley who couldn't be more excited to return home to take the sta

- A long-running Broadway classic is now playing in Tempe. "42nd Street" is showing at ASU's Gammage Theater for this week only. The Depression-era musical features a performer from the valley who couldn't be more excited to return home to take the stage.

For Emily Blake Anderson there's nothing better than performing in her hometown of Tempe.

"It's a dream come true getting to come home and perform, I grew up seeing shows at Gammage, so my first exposure to musical theater was on this stage, so to get to be performing myself is just incredible," said Emily Anderson.

Behind the scenes thing also have come full circle for the master of wardrobe Meredith Scott, who says 42nd Street is the play that made her fall in love with the madness of backstage.

"Stairs is the biggest of the quick changes, it's 31 people changing at a time, and we have maybe a minute or so," said Meredith Scott.

Tap numbers, solos, sequins and diamonds, 42nd Street, has it all, just ask the folks backstage.

"I love a quick change; there's nothing better than the feeling of knowing you just nailed it. The fastest change we have in the show is we have about 20 seconds, but we do the change in about 10, and we've done it in about 6 seconds," said Scott.

And even though both girls say that this is their passion, the show is a labor of love.

"It's a really physically demanding show, so just making sure I get enough sleep, eat the right food, take care of my body so that I can continue to perform every night and do the rigorous choreography that we do," said Anderson.

Tickets are still available to the show at the Gammage box office. 


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