"In the Rodgers and Hammerstein generation, popular hits came out of shows and movies."
"Film spectators are quiet vampires."Stephen Sondheim on Jim Morrison
"Am I a romantic? I've seen 'Wuthering Heights' ten times. I'm a romantic."Stephen Sondheim on Johnny Depp
"You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies."Stephen Sondheim on Steve Martin
"This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country."Stephen Sondheim on Clint Eastwood
"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood."Stephen Sondheim on Walt Disney
"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."
"I'm interested in the theater because I'm interested in communication with audiences. Otherwise I would be in concert music."
"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."
"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."