The VIP Lounge with Jessica Vosk
Jessica Vosk’s journey to the Broadway stage did not follow a typical trajectory. After working in a public relations firm on Wall Street for several years, she decided to make the leap to her true passion — performing — and, at the age of 30, clinched her first Broadway role in “The Bridges of Madison County.” After a couple of more Broadway stints — in “Finding Neverland” and “Fiddler on the Roof” — she is co-headlining the national tour of “Wicked,” at the Boston Opera House through July 23.
The Clinton, N.J., native, now calls West New York, N.J., home. Vosk, 33, who plays Elphaba (the role made popular by Idina Menzel), said she is enjoying spending time in Boston, where her younger brother, musician Daniel Vosk, went to school. She would often visit him when he was at Berklee and they would collaborate musically, so being in town for an extended run is, she said, bringing back great memories.
“I just love Boston and all of the things to do here,” she said. “And the audiences here are so good.” We caught up with Vosk to talk about all things travel.
Favorite vacation destination? I adore St. Lucia. In fact, I was just there a few weeks ago. I’ve been going since I was a kid. It’s quiet, with gorgeous mountains, pristine beaches, and outrageous snorkeling. All of the food is local and fresh; you can go take a tour of a volcano and do a mud bath — and wash it off at a waterfall. I mean, come on. All you need to do is bring a bathing suit, a book, and shut off your cellphone . . . then enjoy your life.
Favorite food or drink while vacationing? I love to try anything traditional to the area I’m in. I mean, since I’m on tour in Boston for seven weeks, I’m just going to call it a staycation and eat a ton of lobster. In St. Lucia, it was a lot of fresh fish, and jerk chicken. Oh, and all of the local mango. As far as drinks go, I dig anything with mint or with cucumber. Oh, and pineapple. Give me a pineapple daiquiri and I’ll be happy all day.
Where would you like to travel to but haven’t? I’m dreaming of a wonderful trip to Tuscany. Some of my family is from Italy, and though I’ve been to Venice, I’d love to take a trip to Tuscany and explore the countryside. I think I also have an obsession with Diane Lane and the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun,” so I think I’m hoping for that exact story line to happen to me once I get to Tuscany.
One item you can’t leave home without when traveling? I need my playlist of music.
Aisle or window? I love a good window seat. However, I am a huge water drinker, so I apologize in advance to anyone on the aisle who may sit next to me on my next travel day.
Favorite childhood travel memory? I remember the very first time my family went to Disney World. I think I was maybe 10, and I thought I was the queen of cool. So I thought I could handle the Alien ride. About halfway in, an alien grabs at your feet. I’ve never been more scared in my life; I think I might have peed my pants. And I refused to ever go on that ride again. Yep, still haven’t gone on it to this day.
Guilty pleasure when traveling? The spa. Somehow I always manage to make it a priority to get some kind of massage while I am traveling. I think that it’s 100 percent rejuvenating — especially after a long day of travel. I will talk myself into a spa day any day.
Best travel tip? Breathe and be kind. I know, it sounds so weird. But I’ve been living a life of travel for the past year, and I think I’ve seen it all. Travel is stressful. It just is. Anything can happen — and when it does, you’d be surprised at how much farther you’ll get if you just approach any difficulty with a smile on your face. It’s taken me a long time to actually do this. You’ll end up happier, too. You’ll also end up with more travel perks, and that doesn’t stink either.