Facts about Stephen Sondheim

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Stephen Sondheim is a famous Composer from USA, he/she is still alive and was born March 22, 1930.

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He/she is born under the zodiac aries, who is known for Active, Demanding, Determined, Effective, Ambitious. Our collection contains 41 quotes who is written / told by Stephen.

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Famous quotes by Stephen Sondheim (41)


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"I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken; the choosing was not. You have to move on"
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"If you're dealing with a musical in which you're trying to tell a story, it's got to sound like speech. At the same time it's got to be a song"
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"In the Rodgers and Hammerstein generation, popular hits came out of shows and movies"
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"Musicals are, by nature, theatrical, meaning poetic, meaning having to move the audience's imagination and create a suspension of disbelief, by which I mean there's no fourth wall"
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"Math and music are intimately related. Not necessarily on a conscious level, but sure"
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"So many good songs get written fast, because you know exactly what has to work"
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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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"Gotta watch out for directors"
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"I fell into lyric writing because of music. I backed into it"
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"I firmly believe lyrics have to breathe and give the audience's ear a chance to understand what's going on. Particularly in the theater, where you have costume, story, acting, orchestra"
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"The movie adaptations of stage musicals that I've seen, without exception, in my opinion don't work. A lot of people would disagree with me"
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"By the time I was 22, I was a professional. A young and flawed professional, but not an amateur"
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"Everyone I used to play with has either given up or is dead"
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"I played the organ when I went to military school, when I was 10. They had a huge organ, the second-largest pipe organ in New York State. I loved all the buttons and the gadgets. I've always been a gadget man"
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"I really don't want to write a score until the whole show is cast and staged"
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"Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos"
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"I don't listen to recordings of my songs. I don't avoid it, I just don't go out of my way to do it"
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"I would have been a geologist"
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"Lyrics have to be underwritten. That's why poets generally make poor lyric writers because the language is too rich. You get drowned in it"
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"One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics sort of fade into the background. They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music"
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"Oscar Hammerstein was a surrogate father during all those many days, and weeks and months when I didn't see my own father"
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"When the audience comes in, it changes the temperature of what you've written"
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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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"Every writer I've ever spoken to feels fraudulent in some way or other"
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"I prefer neurotic people. I like to hear rumblings beneath the surface"
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"If people have split views about your work, I think it's flattering. I'd rather have them feel something about it than dismiss it"
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"Musical comedies aren't written, they are rewritten"
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"My mother wanted me off her hands. She was a working woman. She designed clothes, and she was a celebrity collector. It's my mother's ambition to be a celebrity"
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"One of the hardest things about writing lyrics is to make the lyrics sit on the music in such a way that you're not aware there was a writer there"
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"When you know your cast well and their strengths and weaknesses, you can start writing for them, just the way Shakespeare wrote for his actors"
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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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"Generally, the best recording is the original cast, because that's the way the piece grew: integrally, with them"
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"I was raised to be charming, not sincere"
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"Musicals are plays, but the last collaborator is your audience, so you've got to wait 'til the last collaborator comes in before you can complete the collaboration"
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"Nice is different than good"
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"Nowadays, there are sometimes more producers than there are people in the cast, because it takes that much money to put a show on"
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"The more restrictions you have, the easier anything is to write"
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"A close-up on screen can say all a song can"
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"My personal life and my artistic life do not interfere with each other"
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"There's something inimical about the camera and song"
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"When I was growing up, there was no such thing as Off-Broadway. You either got your show on or you didn't"


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