Every project has challenges, and every project has its rewards.
On the surface, 'Book of Mormon' is extremely irreverent, but underneath, there's a great sweetness and a very positive message.
I wouldn't do a project if it weren't a story I wanted to tell. That's rewarding in itself, as a writer, if you're working on a story that you enjoy telling.
While many of my musicals deal with big themes and ideas, I don't intentionally go looking to write shows like that. A story will interest me, and then somewhere along the way, I discover that hidden inside are these epic themes.
I don't believe in condescending to children. I don't change any writing technique.
I would like to have won a Tony, I guess, because I have always thought of myself as a theater person. But I've won my share of awards, so I don't worry about it.
I don't think it's a secret that New York tastemakers don't love my work.
I think the arts are very important for children growing up.
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