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Boys Will Be Boys

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Joe Miloscia
July 10, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Lyricist/Bookwriter.

What is your show about?
In the twisted world of BOYS WILL BE BOYS — an OUT-rageous musical revue — five friends put on a disastrous charity ‘fun-raiser’ exposing themselves and their views on loves won and lost (and borrowed!) in an evening the Chicago Tribune called “a major hit!”

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I was a child, I remember watching Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA with Lesley Ann Warren on television and immediately falling in love with the songs and their beautiful storytelling. That is my first memory of being fascinated by musical theatre. Around the same time, I went to see MARY POPPINS with all those fantastic Sherman Brothers songs. That was it. I was hooked!

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I work in theatre because I love its collaborative nature and the immediacy of an audience response. Nothing thrills me more than creating with a group of gifted artists, then standing in the back of the house and listening to an audience laugh or cry at something I have written. It is one of the greatest, most rewarding feelings in the world.

Is there a particular moment in this show that you really love or look forward to? Without giving away surprises, what happens in that moment and why does it jazz you?
There are many moments in BOYS WILL BE BOYS that I love and look forward to seeing. I can't say exactly what they are without giving away the surprises, because they all involve song lyrics that take an unexpected turn - sometimes comic and sometimes dramatic. Our show has been praised for being witty and clever, as well as tender and touching, and I think this is due, in part, to the many moments in our songs that are unexpected.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SMART.

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would use the money to support myself and my husband, so I could write musicals all day, every day for the rest of my life. I would also use the money to support social causes important to me, which is what I love to do when I am not writing lyrics.