By Matthew Blank
06 Aug 2013
Chase's past theatre credits include the Off-Broadway production of The Toxic Avenger and First Wives Club (San Diego Theatre Critics Award, Best Supporting Actress).
She has appeared on screen in "The Other Guys," "Arthur," "Hello I Must Be Going," "Little Black Book," "The Office," "Michael & Michael Have Issues" and "Arrested Development."
|Full given name:||Sara Elizabeth Chase|
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||West Hartford, CT|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||Mom is a museum docent/Michael's Arts and Crafts VIP customer. My father is an entrepreneur.|
|Siblings:||William, Allison, Melissa|
|Current audition song/monologue:||I sing "I Have Confidence" from The Sound of Music as Judy Garland, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Elaine Stritch and Julie Andrews- each alternating lines.|
|Special skills:||Unintentionally making people feel uncomfortable, putting foot in mouth.|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||Crafting. I want to be good but I stink.|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||Meet Me in St. Louis when I was 7.|
|If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?||Gilda Radner Live From New York. I listen to it on vinyl.|
|Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends:||I've been in L.A. the last year so I'm sorry to say I haven't seen much, but I did see Cinderella which I loved (plus as a bonus: you can see over the heads of most of the audience members.)|
|Favorite showtune(s) of all time:||"True Love," "Hello Young Lovers," "At The Ballet," "Talk to Me," "Lida Rose," "They Were You," "If I Loved You," "You Walk With Me," "What More Can I Say," "Something Good"-- all perfection.|
|Some favorite modern musicals:||I love anything Rupert Holmes.|
|Some favorite classic musicals:||A Chorus Line and The Fantasticks. Both perfect.|
|Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:||
Carol Burnett. I go to the Paley Center for Media on 52nd Street to watch old "Gary Moore Show" episodes, her specials with Lucille Ball, and her specials with Julie Andrews. |
She never needed to be crass or swear to be hysterically funny. (Oh, it's so high up here on my soapbox!)
|Your personal vocal idols, living or dead:||Rosemary Clooney. She delivers lyrics astonishingly well.|
|The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:||
Reba McEntire in Annie Get Your Gun. She was perfect for the role and her voice was spectacular.
Gary Sinise in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I saw it with Santino Fontana when we were 18 and it was the first Broadway play either of us had ever seen. I never saw a performer so in command of a stage before.
|Music that makes you cry, any genre:||Bagpipes! I do not know why.|
|MAC or PC?||MAC|
|Most played song on your iPod:||Doris Day's "It's Magic" (Can you tell my tastes run 90-year-old woman-like?)|
|Most-visited websites:||My startup page has been Playbill.com since I was 16, so this Q&A is my nerd fantasy come true.|
|Last book you read:||Rick Steve's "Europe Through the Back Door." I just traveled Europe by myself.|
|Must-see TV show(s):||I'm too embarrassed to answer this. My taste in television is questionable.|
|Last good movie you saw:||I finally saw "Gone With the Wind."|
|Some films you consider classics:||"Troop Beverly Hills"|
|Performer you would drop everything to go see:||Martin Short or Melissa McCarthy|
|Pop culture guilty pleasure:||"Dance Moms." I know. I hate me, too.|
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