Special SOUND OFF Interview: Sierra Boggess Talks REBECCA, PHANTOM & Christmas!
Today, as a well-earned holiday surprise for all of the millions of Broadway babies who read Broadway World all year long, we have a sneak preview of next year's upcoming InDepth InterView with leading lady stage superstar Sierra Boggess, best known to Broadway and West End audiences for her creation of the title role in THE LITTLE MERMAID, as well as originating the role of Christine in both PHANTOM VEGAS - the Las Vegas iteration of the international sensation THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by original helmer Hal Prince - and LOVE NEVER DIES, the recent Andrew Lloyd Webber-penned musical sequel to the original thriller/romance tuner, as well as her most recent essaying of the role in the absolutely phantastic 25th anniversary production THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ROYAL Albert Hall, which will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in the US in 2012. Before we get to all about PHANTOM 25 - lest we forget, Ms. Boggess was also generous enough to tell us all about the show when it was still in rehearsals (you can read that chat here) - Boggess shares her affection for another recent InDepth InterView participant who shared the stage with her at the thrilling encore for PHANTOM 25 - the one and only Phantom of legend himself, Michael Crawford, as well as all about her participation in the yearly ASTEP charity concert NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS and the cast recording of it featuring herself along with Raul Esparza, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Constantine Maroulis and many more! Plus, insight into her preparations for her next Broadway role, that of Rebecca in the lavish stage spectacular REBECCA, as well as fond memories of working on PRINCESSES and much, much more!The ASTEP Christmas album, NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS, featuring Sierra Boggess singing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and a medley of "Still, Still, Still" and "The First Noel" with Lindsay Mendez, is available here.You can pre-order the soundtrack, DVD and Blu-ray of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA AT THE ROYAL Albert Hall here.
A Real Life Princess
PC: Since we last spoke, Michael Crawford actually did this column (read it here) and we talked all about PHANTOM 25 and I know you consider him a significant inspiration for you to perform.
SB: Oh, yeah! He and I met actually the week prior. I went to see THE WIZARD OF OZ and I met him then. He is just an amazing man and I adore him. He was so gracious and so lovely and I knew that he was going to be in the audience on Sunday - he told me that he was going to be there watching it - and, I know how difficult that must be to watch the character that you created and loved with all your heart. To watch it 25 years on like he did must have been just amazing.
SB: That's a really cool effect that they only have in Vegas. But, that's the only thing that was put in that Hal said he had really wanted from the very beginning. But, obviously, PHANTOM VEGAS is an extraordinary production and people should absolutely go see that one. It's amazing what they have done with the show out there.PC: It really is.SB: Just the updated effects and the fire and all that stuff - plus, the theater was built for that show, so it's made to look like the inside of the Paris Opera House. It's just beautiful. So, it's really a great way to experience PHANTOM.PC: It's so fantastic there are three distinct versions of PHANTOM now, all currently available to see - the Broadway and West End version; PHANTOM VEGAS; and, now, the one for all time, PHANTOM 25. SB: That's right! What's great about it being filmed for all time is that this show is something that should be forever. And, if people can't afford to pay and go see a Broadway show or a ticket to see it in Vegas or whatever, they can buy it - and, obviously, a DVD is much cheaper to buy. The DVD is such a great production. It's amazing.PC: Beyond words.SB: But, also, that's not taking anything away from seeing it live - because if you can see it live, you must! There is nothing like seeing live theatre.PC: Nothing. Sierra, you are the true angel of music. You are as great a singer as an actress - we can't wait for what's next! SB: Thank you, thank you, Pat! You are so kind and I really appreciate what you do. Have a very merry Christmas! Bye.