TheatreBiz Quick Questions with Blake Patrick Anderson
Blake Patrick Anderson has recently been starring as Michael in the London Production of Be More Chill. His other credits include Straight Dave in Pet Shop Boys’ Closer to Heaven (Off West End/Above The Stag), Rusty in the 30th Anniversary of Starlight Express (Starlight Express Theatre, Bochum, Germany), Lucky Stiff (Union), Misha in Tainted (Workshop, London) and Rosser and Sohne, Live, In Paris (Comédie Nation, Paris).
Where did you train?
I Trained at STAC which is the Southern Theatre Arts Centre (Now known as Northbrook MET) and then very briefly ArtsEd (sadly I had to leave for health reasons) But I had and Amazing time at both!
I’m not sure I have a dream role as there is so much I would like to do. I would love to play SpongeBob in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical. I always said I wanted to do Cats too, but I have very short legs and I’m not that flexible. If they write a musical called dogs, I’m down to play the dachshund! If someone could write Rocket Man for the stage, it would be a dream to play Elton John! Dream, dream, dream!
There are too many! Miss Saigon is up there. I love Bare: A Pop Opera; it’s one of the only soundtracks where I don’t skip any of the songs and War horse is still the show that has moved me the most (I cried all the way home when I was 15). I’ve also seen Wicked seven times; it’s a guilty pleasure of mine. I just love that world and the style of the show!
Favourite show tune?
Currently, “Not A Simple Sponge” from SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical because it gives me all the feels, especially when I need a pick me up! But I’m also a sucker for a big chorus. Give me those harmonies. I love being overwhelmed. Anything from Parade to Newsies to 9 to 5! MISS SAIGON!
Last show you watched?
The last show I watched was Girl from the North Country and it was Amazing! I’m not quite sure I understood it, but I found it beautiful and the cast were incredible.
Playing Rusty in the 30th Anniversary of Starlight Express was certainly a dream job for me and an unforgettable time. It was my first big job since graduating and getting to work with Andrew Lloyd Webber was a dream come true. Not to mention how fun it was skating around pretending to be a steam train and getting to belt my face off every night too. I would love to play him again if it ever comes back to London!
What would you tell your younger self?
I would say trust your instincts. Be kind to yourself.
What do you order at The Theatre Café?
I’m so indecisive and like to think of myself as spontaneous. I love tea and I love coffee so it could honestly be anything on the day. It’s the luck of the draw depending on my mood.
If you had to be in lockdown with a celebrity, who would you choose?
Céline Dion and we would be best friends and duet every day.
What is helping you through isolation?
My wonderful boyfriend, music, Netflix, animal crossing, books and wine.
You can follow Blake Patrick Anderson on Twitter @BPAndersonUK and on Instagram @blakepatrickandersonuk.