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 love the theater as much as music, and the whole idea of getting across to an audience and making them laugh, making them cry - just making them feel - is paramount to me.
I certainly wanted my name in lights. I wanted my name on a marquee. I wanted recognition on Broadway.
Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.
I think 'lunch' is one of the funniest words in the world.
The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is, you know there is a solution.
Two of the hardest words in the language to rhyme are life and love. Of all words!
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.
I have, by nature, an analytical mind.
The worst thing you can do is censor yourself as the pencil hits the paper. You must not edit until you get it all on paper. If you can put everything down, stream-of-consciousness, you'll do yourself a service.
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.
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.
I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken; the choosing was not. You have to move on.
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.
I'm interested in the theater because I'm interested in communication with audiences. Otherwise I would be in concert music.
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