Tony- and Emmy-winning singer-actress guests on annual special
Q: How did you like working with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square — formerly the Mormon Tabernacle Choir — on the annual “Christmas With the Tabernacle Choir” special (airing Monday on PBS and Thursday on BYUtv)?
A: It was wonderful to meet on the subject of music. A lot of times, we work with people whose beliefs aren’t exactly the same, but music brings us together. Watching that Christmas concert every year was a staple in my house when I was growing up, a rite of passage … and when it came around, I said, “This is one of those things I’d like to do.” Some of the best musicians in the world are there, and their emphasis on the arts is huge.
Q: What aspects of that specific type of music do you associate with the most?
A: I grew up playing the handbells, and there was a little bit of that going on. And they wanted to play – I mean, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir wanted to play — and we had so much fun. It’s very much classical music, and I said, “Do I have this in me anymore?” There’s usually one guest who hosts and another one who’s singing, and I’m doing both. And I had such a good time doing it.
Q: You have so much happening this holiday season – encompassing many other television appearances and your recent, limited-run Broadway show based on your latest album, “For the Girls” – how do you keep it all straight?
A: I think the key is having people around you who really do care, and I have that. I have a wonderful assistant who helps me with everything. People who work with me say that all you have to do is give me a morsel of an idea … and I think that’s why I have trouble sleeping. I’m always thinking and creating. I’d love to have a button to turn it off sometimes!
Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.