PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Broadway Rock of Ages Star Ashley Spencer

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21 Aug 2012

Ashley Spencer
Ashley Spencer

Ashley Spencer, currently starring as Sherrie in Rock of Ages at the Helen Hayes Theatre, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

She has previously appeared on Broadway in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Diva), Grease (Sandy) and Hairspray (Amber). Other theatre work includes The Producers, Curtains and Les Misérables.

Spencer was a finalist on the NBC talent competition series "Grease: You're the One That I Want!" She is engaged to actor Jeremy Jordan of Newsies.


Full given name: Ashley Marie Spencer
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born and raised in Canton, Ohio
Zodiac Sign:Pisces
What your parents did/do for a living:They are both happily retired.
Siblings:I have 2 older sisters and a brother.
Current audition song/monologue: "Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific
Special skills: Voice impressions, crossing one eye at a time
Something you're REALLY bad at: Not gorging on sweets. I eat chocolate almost every day. It's bad.
First Broadway show you ever saw: Chicago
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? Show Boat! It was the first movie musical my mom introduced me to when I was little, and I have never seen it performed live.
Current show other than your own you have been recommending to friends: Newsies : )
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: “The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing” from White Christmas and “Make Believe” from Show Boat
Some favorite modern musicals: Bonnie and Clyde, Hairspray, Children of Eden, Les Miserables
Some favorite classic musicals: West Side Story, Show Boat, Carousel
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen and Gene Kelly
Your personal vocal idols, living or dead: Billie Holiday and Whitney Houston
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Seeing Hairspray for the first time. I remember getting goosebumps watching the show and saying, "I'm going to be in this show some day!" grin
Music that makes you cry, any genre: Anytime I hear [my fiancé] Jeremy [Jordan] sing... or listening to old-school jazz and torch songs and soulful R&B
Most played song on your iPod: “Either Soldier” or “Sweeter,” both by Gavin DeGraw
Most-visited websites:! grin

And Pinterest

Favorite Tweeters: I'm not on Twitter. Guess I need to get with the program...
Last book you read: "The Help"
Must-see TV show(s): "Parenthood," "Game of Thrones," "The Walking Dead," "The Killing," "Mad Men." I watch almost everything on AMC.
Last good movie you saw: "The Artist"
Some films you consider classics: "Gone With the Wind," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Goonies," "White Christmas," "It's a Wonderful Life"... to name a few.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Jeremy Jordan
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Reality TV
Favorite cities: NYC, Sarasota, Charleston
Favorite sport/team/player: Ohio State Football!!
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Color Me Badd on cassette tape I think
First stage kiss: My Japheth in Children of Eden, Patrick Clement, at the Canton Players Guild
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Playing Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas. It was my 8th grade Christmas show at school.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: When I was as young as 4 years old, watching old movie musicals with my mom. She says singing and dancing is all I have ever wanted to do for as long as she can remember. I can't imagine doing anything else, and I feel so lucky getting to do what I love for a living!!
How you got your Equity card: Hairspray on Broadway
Five Greatest Rock Bands of All Time (excluding the bands represented in Rock of Ages): The Beatles
Sly and the Family Stone
The Eagles
Favorite pre-/post- show meal: Spaghetti bolognese at Tre Colori
Favorite liquid refreshment: Dr. Pepper... and perhaps mixed with a little Captain Morgan
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