Whether it’s due to her beautifully unique voice or due to her incredibly empowering social media presence I’m sure by now you’ve heard the name Danielle Steers, and if not, where have you been hiding?!
Following her immensely successful runs in Bat Out of Hell and Sweet Charity, Danielle has recently donned the spikes and has joined the Queendom as Catherine Parr.
To celebrate her opening we’ve been lucky enough to ask Danielle some questions about all things theatre, social media and of course, Six!
You’ve recently come home after spending the summer performing with Bat Out of Hell at the New York City Centre. As a whole how was the experience of taking the show over to the US?
I had the best time out in the US, the show had evolved a little from what it was in the West End so it was great to get my teeth stuck into some new choreography and script. The cast was a lot smaller too which was a little scary at first but there were all so full of fire and wanted to put on a great show! Overall it was just such a great experience to be able to take the show out there!
Did you see a big difference between US and UK audiences?
I saw a difference in that US audiences were a lot more vocal, during and after musical numbers. Also, the humour is very different so they would laugh at things that wouldn’t usually get a reaction here in the UK.
You’ve been part of the Bat Out of Hell family since the show first previewed in Manchester in 2017. How does it feel to now be saying goodbye to Zahara and preparing for new adventures?
I honestly don’t think I’ll ever say goodbye to Zahara. I thought I’d hung up my boots for good in January 2019 and cried a lot at that final performance! When the offer came through for NYC how could I say no!? Zahara will always have a place in my heart and I will carry her with me forever but it is wonderful to be doing a new show now.
Talking of new adventures, you’ve just opened as Catherine Parr in the West End production of Six. How’re you feeling about joining the Queendom?
I’ve been super excited about Six since I heard the sound track. I never saw myself as a Parr but when the opportunity arose for me to audition I couldn’t say no. I was so thrilled when I got the phone call and just could not wait to start! What a fun show to be a part of, I got goose bumps the first time I saw that opening number of the show! So powerful!
Six is without a doubt a show about female empowerment and queens fixing each other’s crowns. Outside the world of Six who would you say is your ultimate queen and why?
My ultimate queen is my Mum, she is rather incredible. I have always looked up to her and she just the best. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for her driving me down to London at the drop of a hat for auditions etc. I only hope that one day I can be as good of a mum as she is!
And Beyoncé… no explanation needed
At times the theatre industry can be incredibly daunting, especially if you’re a recent graduate looking to find your feet. What advice would you give to anybody looking to begin their career in the industry?
I would say, don’t do it! Haha. But seriously, if you don’t have a thick skin this industry is not for you. It can be terrifying at times so you just have to soak up every bit of help and information, always be kind to people because you never know who they may be or who they know and also remember that what is meant for you, will not pass you by.
At times the world of social media can be a toxic place. We know how social media works, we know the dangers it can possess and yet we constantly compare ourselves to the picturesque snapshots of others “living their best lives”.
I basically want to say thank you. Your social media presence is one of beauty, honesty and is quite frankly one of the most empowering accounts I follow. If you could give one message to somebody finding themselves in a vicious social media slump, what would you say?
I recently found myself in this position and it isn’t nice but what I had to remember is that for every bad comment there’s so many more nice ones. People will hide behind their keyboards when they have nothing better to do and you just have to go out there and keep being you.
I always think its super important also to not compare yourself to others! One of my favourite quotes is “the grass may be greener on the other side because its fake” do yourself a favour and unfollow anyone who makes you feel less than or not good enough, because you are and you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.
I think it’s fair to say that there will be times where most of us will look in the mirror and be unhappy with what we see. Do you have any tips on how to pick ourselves up and to celebrate our individual beauty?
I think having an affirmation to say to yourself in the morning is always great, you look in the mirror and repeat it and really mean it, this should be personal to you and with every day you’ll start to believe it more and more. Self-love isn’t something that happens overnight but you can achieve it. Also, instead of looking in the mirror and pointing out things that you dislike, point out the things you do like and focus on those!
I’m so excited to say that you have an album coming out later this year! Can you tell us a little about what we can expect to see/ hear on this album?
Well there has been a slight change on plan and I am having to do some more work on it but it is to be expected early next year and hopefully alongside an album launch so stay tuned!
The album consists of songs by the awesome Jim Steinman who wrote songs for Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler and Celine Dion (to name a few) the songs have been reimagined slightly and made more personal to me some of the songs you will recognise and some you won’t but I hope you love them, it’s quite an eclectic album with elements of rock, pop and soul.
I know so many fans are simply itching to get their hands on your album, but what would you say is currently your go to album or playlist?
I have a playlist at the moment that consists of people like Toni Braxton, Anita Baker, Sade and Pattie LaBelle… old school, get into it!
I just want to say a huge thank you to Danielle for taking the time to answer these questions and to wish her a truly incredible run as the survivor, Catherine Parr!
Images courtesy of Danielle.