"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."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."Stephen Sondheim on Albert Einstein
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."Stephen Sondheim on Dr. Seuss
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."Stephen Sondheim on Albert Einstein
"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty."Stephen Sondheim on Albert Einstein
"Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?"Stephen Sondheim on Sun Tzu
"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."
"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."