(Photos: Bruce Glikas & Matthew Murphy)
In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Broadway fave Sierra Boggess is saying farewell to the halls of School of Rock’s prestigious prep school Horace Green to once again step into the Paris Opera House as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera—only this time, she will literally be in Paris. Yes, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Angel of Music is swapping one of his hit shows for another. Before Boggess hears the final bell at School of Rock on August 8, we asked her to take Broadway.com’s Exit Interview and tell us what she’ll miss about being part of the faculty.
How did you feel when you first got this job?
So excited to get to originate such a different type of character than I have played before!
How do you feel now that you’re leaving?
Bittersweet. I’m excited for the next phase but sad to leave this group of people.
What are three words you would use to describe your experience?
Joyful, renewed, inspired.
What was the easiest thing about this job?
Coming to work! There is so much joy on that stage—it is fun to be around.
What was the hardest thing?
When any of the kids got too big and had to leave. That sucked.
What was the highlight of your time at this job?
The kids. Hands down. Doing a show with this many children and being reminded that joy is our birthright.
What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?
A balance of openness offstage and sternness onstage!
What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?
Be sure to take time to enjoy the process.
How do you think you’ve grown?
I feel inspired and rejuvenated.
Why are you leaving?
I am about to sing all in French my favorite role of all time, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera in Paris!
What will you miss the most?
The people. Always, the people.