In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are asked to sit through a sometimes grueling "exit interview" about their time at the company. Although that concept doesn't exist for Broadway performers, we think it's fun to check in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Below, The Phantom of the Opera headliner Sierra Boggess, who will play her final performance on March 2, looks back on her six-week run as chorus girl-turned-opera star Christine Daae in the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera.
Job You’re Leaving:
Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera
Why are you leaving?
Moving on to new things!
Date of departure:
Looking back, how did you feel when you first got the job?
Delighted to get to play Christine on Broadway!
And how do you feel now that you’re leaving?
I feel sentimental and ready at the same time. It's always hard to leave a job, but it's so important to keep moving!
What are three words you would use to describe your experience at the job?
Awakened, opened, complete.
What was the easiest thing about the job?
Getting to do six shows a week!!!
What was the hardest thing?
It went so fast! I didn't get to know everyone on a deep level like I like to do!
What was the highlight of your time at the job?
Singing the score every night!
What is your fondest memory of your time at this job?
Getting to finally do this role on Broadway and with my darling Hugh Panaro.
What was the most difficult moment during your time at this job?
Getting used to the 8 PM start time again! They do 7:30 in London. It makes a difference in a weird way! :)
What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?
Go in with an open heart and mind and soul, and you will flow like water with the company! This is so important when going into a long-running show.
How do you think you’ve grown during your time at the job?
Just knowing that I can keep a role fresh that I have played so much, and still enjoy telling her story. I know I've got the stamina!
What will you miss most about the job?
The people and the music. No other way to say it!