"I'm interested in the theater because I'm interested in communication with audiences. Otherwise I would be in concert music."
"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation."Stephen Sondheim on Mark Twain
"Truthful words are not beautiful beautiful words are not truthful. Good words are not persuasive persuasive words are not good."Stephen Sondheim on Lao Tzu
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."Stephen Sondheim on George Bernard Shaw
"Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true."Stephen Sondheim on Charles Dickens
"I'm a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they're interested in."Stephen Sondheim on Bill Gates
"Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos."
"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."
"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."
"In the Rodgers and Hammerstein generation, popular hits came out of shows and movies."
"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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