As an actor, every job you do, you make a new family. There is something special about theatre and it’s ability to bring people together in a way that is unlike any other. I have made so many amazing friends throughout my career, and many of them share my love of books and literature. Since theatre brings stories to life, I thought I would feature some of my favorite performers (my fabulous friends and castmates) and see what their bookshelves look like! Welcome to my Broadway Book Chat!
Currently touring the U.S. with The Sound of Music
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Rupi Kaur’s new book, The Sun and Her Flowers. She is one of my favorite poets, along with Nayyirah Waheed.
What is your favorite book series?
My favorite book series is Harry Potter…. I mean, duh.
Who is your favorite author?
My favorite author…. That’s tough. I would have to say Lois Lowry. She was the first author who made me want to read more when I was younger.
What book inspires you and why?
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells is one of my all time favorites. Her candidness about her upbringing is captivating. It motivates me to carve through life’s turbulence, no matter the circumstance, and strive to be a better human. It also inspires me to take a true look at my life and humbles me. We take so much for granted sometimes– I am overflowing with things to be thankful for.
Which literary character would you like to play?
I would love to play Jo March from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women in a play or musical adaptation of some sort. I have loved that book since I was little, and I just relate to her fire. Her spirit is so well depicted and just glorious.
What book would you like to see made into a musical/play/movie?
I would love to see The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah be turned into a movie. That book wrecked me in the best way. It’s about two sisters in France in World War II, and the roles they play as women in the war. Hannah’s writing is like a painting and I think it would be a beautiful movie.
Where is your favorite place you have visited on tour?
Vancouver is FOR SURE my fave so far.
What is the next book on your reading list?
I honestly think I am going to re-read the Harry Potter series. Being on tour, I feel like it’s the perfect bus read! I also want to read All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I’ve had multiple people tell me it’s a MUST.
Catch Melissa and the rest of the cast of The Sound of Music on tour around the US!
I will feature a new performer every month! I would love some suggestions for questions you would like to ask, or things you want to know! Leave them in the comments and I will add them to future interviews! Thanks to my beautiful and loving friend Melissa for sharing with us! She’s the real deal y’all. ❤