Actually, if you ask my really close friends, they would say that 'Honeymoon' is more me than anything else I've written.
I don't come from a musical family at all, but I realized early on I was a musician. I started begging for a piano when I was 6 years old.
I never wanted to write 'Mamma Mia!' or 'The Book of Mormon' - they're not my thing, I don't care about them. What I do is very different.
I think that when you write for stars, I think that you have to be very specific about what they do beautifully and let them bring it to life.
I try to get underneath the skin of all kinds of music, and I never know what's going to inspire me and what makes me crazy.
I write about outsiders. I write about people who are outside and don't know quite how to get in because it's how I've always felt.
In terms of my religious preference, if a year goes by and I don't have a Seder or I don't light the menorah, I feel a loss.
Personally, I've never been popular, so I'm not surprised that professionally I'm a bit out of step, too.
The jury is still out on whether I'm a genius or not.
There are actors I have very strong chemical responses to, and I strive always to figure out ways to work with them and get them to sing my stuff.
What I always wanted to do was to be a rock star.
As much as I can act, I don't have anything in me that yearns to be an actor - that sense of needing to be onstage, in costume, in character; that is utterly not interesting to me.
Being a musician - and I like to think of myself as a musician with a capital M - you need to be an omnivore, and I think the best musicians will listen to anything and love everything, and I do.
Comedy is drama. I think that if your characters are feeling something that is very real, then they have to respond in a way that feels real to them, and some situations, the only response you could possibly have is to respond in a way that's so extreme that people are going to laugh.
I am a muso, and I love doing it. I assumed that would be my career for a long time. I always wanted to be a writer, but I didn't think that anyone could actually be that full-time, so I always go back to conducting and arranging and playing. If you scratch me, I'm a musician.
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