54 Total Quotes

Stephen Sondheim Quotes

I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken; the choosing was not. You have to move on.
Stephen Sondheim
#American Composer #Choice

The concerts you enjoy together neighbors you annoy together children you destroy together that make marriage a joy
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#Marriage #Children

Musical comedies aren't written, they are rewritten.
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#American Composer #Comedies

I was raised to be charming, not sincere.
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#American Composer #Charming

It ain't just a question of misunderstood, Deep down inside him, he's no good
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#Mankind

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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#American Composer #Art

I prefer neurotic people. I like to hear rumblings beneath the surface.
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#People #American Composer

Sometimes people leave you halfway through the woods. Do not let it grieve you, no one leaves for good
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#People

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.
Stephen Sondheim
#Music #American Composer

Nice is different than good.
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#American Composer

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.
Stephen Sondheim
#American Composer

The more restrictions you have, the easier anything is to write.
Stephen Sondheim
#American Composer

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.
Stephen Sondheim
#American Composer

A close-up on screen can say all a song can.
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#American Composer

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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#American Composer

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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#American Composer

Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.
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#American Composer

By the time I was 22, I was a professional. A young and flawed professional, but not an amateur.
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#American Composer

Every writer I've ever spoken to feels fraudulent in some way or other.
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#American Composer

Everyone I used to play with has either given up or is dead.
Stephen Sondheim
#American Composer

Generally, the best recording is the original cast, because that's the way the piece grew: integrally, with them.
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#American Composer

Gotta watch out for directors.
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#American Composer

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.
Stephen Sondheim
#American Composer