Stephen Sondheim Quotes

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Stephen Sondheim Quotes

Deciding what is to be sung and what is not to be sung is really what writing a musical is about.
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If I cannot fly, let me sing.

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The dumbing down of the country reflects itself on Broadway. The shows get dumber, and the public gets used to them.

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Nice is different than good.

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I have, by nature, an analytical mind.

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After the Rodgers and Hammerstein revolution, songs became part of the story, as opposed to just entertainments in between comedy scenes.

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All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That's what makes theatre live. That's why it persists.

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The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is, you know there is a solution.

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Anything you do, let it come from you. Then it will be new. Give us more to see ...

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You can't have personal investors anymore because it's too expensive, so you have to have corporate investment or a lot of rich people.

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The fact is popular art dates. It grows quaint. How many people feel strongly about Gilbert and Sullivan today compared to those who felt strongly in 1890?

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Art is craft, not inspiration.

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You get used to the exact amount of space between lines. You write a word and then you write an alternate word over it. You want enough room so you can read it, so the lines can't be too close.

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When I listen to my work, I think, what's so inflammatory about it? It's not really that dissonant. A lot of people who used to hate my stuff have come round to it.

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I do not dwell on dreams I know how soon a dream becomes an expectation How can I have expectations? Look at me, No, Captain, Look at me, Look at me!

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Into the woods
you have to grope,
But that's the way you learn to cope.
Into the woods to find there's hope
Of getting through the journey.

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I love computers. I love writing on them. I love gadgetry. The thing is: I am a slow reader. So, if I am going to get my work done, I read, like, a newspaper and that's it. If I got into websites and the internet, I wouldn't get any work done.

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