Talking to and listening to Monique is always an interesting experience not only because of the wealth of creative talent and exposure that buttresses her stories and insights (over three decades in theater!), but also because of the way she puts them across--with great clarity, humor, passion, incisiveness. Qualities you don't see often on TV where her appearances are typically reduced to soundbites.
In part 1 alone of the interview, she roamed over a broad range of topics, among them:
Why Into the Woods?
The dark allure of fairy tales
Singing Sondheim as "the Olympics of musical theater"
Working with New Voice Company
Do musicals still matter?
Would she do Miss Saigon again?
Actors who can sing or singers who can act?
Would she cast a show through reality TV?
Part 2 is ready for uploading as well, but that'll be for another post. In the meantime, enjoy this chat with one of the country's most important--and most articulate--theater artists.
PLUS: Verbatim: Monique Wilson