From Broadway to traveling the country and performing in concerts, Montego Glover of Broadway's newest musical, It Shoulda Been You, is a force to be reckoned with. Get to know Montego in this new interview!
How did you originally become interested in theater?
- "I've always loved the art of storytelling. I spent hours as a child watching PBS programs: plays, opera, music and so on. Those were transformative experiences. And then I began studying acting at age twelve. I fell in love and haven't stopped since."
What was your childhood like? Did you come from a musical/theatrical home?
- "I'm from Tennessee so my childhood was steeped in southern culture: the food, the music, the language, the rhythms. I also grew up going to church, southern Baptist, so Gospel music has always been in my life and in my ear so to speak. Everyone in my family has musical talent. It's a very normal thing! I'm the only actress however, and my family is very supportive."
We see that you graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Music Theater! Can you tell us a little bit about your education? What was the most influential moment in your college career?
- "The program at FSU is amazing. This is a program that focuses on music, acting and dance in equal parts. It's small in size with an intense course load, many opportunities to perform and a wealth of knowledge in its faculty, set on a robust college campus with thousands of students. I got a well rounded college experience at FSU. The most influential moment of my college career was being asked back to the University as a Tony Award Nominee and star of a Broadway show to give a Commencement Address. It was so completely full circle and awesome. Go Noles!"
What is a piece of advice you would give to aspiring performers/college students?
- "Study. Go to school to establish and refine your education. Read as many plays as you can. See as much theater as you can. Be honest about your goals and your level of talent and be abundantly clear about what you want to do with your skills, your talent, your career."
Since theater is a tough world to break into for many, did you ever have any doubts about your career choice or were you confident in your decision to be a performer?
- "I never doubted my choice to pursue a career in acting. I knew it would be tough. What career isn't? But I was and still am doing it for the love of the art form. It's my dream job."
What is your dream role?
- "Dot in Sunday In The Park With George."
Not only did you originate the role of Felicia Farrell in the Broadway show, Memphis, you were also nominated for a Tony Award for that very role. What was that like for you? We can only imagine how exciting it must have been!
- "Exciting is right! Being able to create a role for a new Broadway show, have my role and the show meet with such great success ( MEMPHIS won the Tony for Best Musical) and enjoy a brilliant run of the show on Broadway was more than I could hope for. A real landmark in my life and career."
Speaking of exciting, you made your Broadway debut in The Color Purple and portrayed both Celie and Nettie! What was this experience like for you? What did you gain the most/learn from being a part of this production?
- "The best part about making my Broadway debut in The Color Purple and covering Celie and Nettie was being given challenging and diverse work in a beautiful show. It really deepened my craft and got my Broadway career off to a good start. I'm very grateful for it."
You are currently portraying Annie Shepard, the Maid of Honor, in the new Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You! Can you tell us a bit about the show itself and your character? What is her purpose in the show?
- "It Shoulda Been You is a hilarious musical comedy about the mother of all insane wedding days! My character, Annie, is the bride's best friend and in charge of getting her very nervous friend down the aisle no matter what!"
Are there any similarities between you and Annie?
- "Of course. I wanted to build a bit of myself into Annie so that she felt grounded but leave room for discovery as we began to rehearse. Annie Shepard is healthily half Montego Glover."
If you could switch places with any one of your cast members in It Shoulda Been You, who would it be and why? (Gender is not a factor here, pick whomever you want!)
- "I'd switch places with Anne L. Nathan as Aunt Sheila. I never get to play characters like crazy aunts who wear too much makeup, are always a little tipsy and are a total endearing mess."
Aside from theater, you have also done a variety of concert work! From The New York Pops to performing all over the country. What do you like the most about performing in a concert? How does this differ from performing in a show?
- "Concerts give me an opportunity to work on music from some of my favorite composers and tell stories that way. I'm lucky because the styles are so varied which means I can change musical hats a lot. That's always fun. Concerts are very much like plays and musicals for me. They happen to be a different way to relate thoughts, emotions and an artist's body of work, the only difference is a concert is entirely sung."
You also have some television credits on your resume. What has been the most fun television role for you, to date? Do you prefer television acting or acting for a play/musical?
- "My favorite role on TV to date has probably been FBI Agent Amy Lawrence on The Following. Great cast and crew, shoots in NYC, and I love the show's intrigue. I don't prefer any medium over another. To me working in television, film, or the theater are essentially the same in that they all involve storytelling, acting. As long as I get to act I'm happy!"
Do you have any guilty pleasures? (Reality TV, junk food, etc.)
- "Cream cheese icing, crinkle fries, cake."
What is something that you couldn't live without?
- "Quiet time. Alone time. My life and my job are so amazing and full. I live in one of the greatest cities in the world. My work is so exciting and collaborative and bursting with insanely talented and interesting people. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to be sure it's really happening. And since I am a person who needs balance, proper time to rest, to be quiet and reset make life even better."
What is one piece of advice you have been given in your life that you hold dear?
- "My Father said to me: "Don't let anyone pull you off your path." He's a wise man. That advice has held up always."