No One Is Alone by Stephen Sondheim is all about thinking for yourself and being your own person.— Bernadette Peters
Charming Sondheim quotations
Sondheim is the Shakespeare of the musical theater world.
I think Stephen Sondheim is a - and I hardly ever use this word - but this is as close as it gets to a genius.
The thing about Sondheim is that it does get very cerebral.
You do need a faculty with words and a love for the lyrics to not just pull it off, but to have an appreciation for it.
If I could play any role in any musical, it would be Desiree in A Little Night Music - Oh my, it is perfection. The character gets to be funny, beautiful, sexy and smart all at the same time and have two men fighting over her. The show is Stephen Sondheim at his absolute best... need I say more?
I saw Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, which I thought was a masterpiece.
Not that long ago, I listened to Blackstar by David Bowie and thought that was a masterpiece. Those are two incredibly talented people who've left their mark with us.
I think one of my favorite productions ever was Sondheims Assassins at the Roundabout in 2004. Beyond brilliant.
I had no idea how difficult Sondheim's music would be.
All through the rehearsals, I kept flubbing. There were so many tempo changes. I could never get through the opening number without any mistakes. One day, I went up to Hal Prince and offered to leave the show. He laughed it off. He said, "Don't be silly. That's why we have tryouts."
My parents were what I like to call proper musical fans. Lots of Sondheim was played in the car.
Sondheim writes the music and lyrics, and because he's so smart and goes so deep with his feelings, there's a lot to explore, get involved with and learn about.
Stephen Sondheim told me that Oscar Hammerstein believed everything that he wrote. So there's great truth in the songs, and that's what was so wonderful to find.
I'm a devotee of Stephen Sondheim. I think he's a genius.
I couldn't live without the genius of Stephen Sondheim, be it not just West Side Story,but Follies,Company,Sweeney Todd,Passion.You can go on and on.
I'll be geeky right now too, because I love Sondheim.
Anything he does I had a blast, because every time I do a show of his, I learn something about myself because he's philosophical. During that show, the cast was incredible Hugh and Dan Levine (who I played opposite of), all of us clicked and I love the show.
I saw "Follies" again at thirty, and you know, I had this great appreciation for [Stephen] Sondheim's brilliance, his lyrics.
My experience with Sondheim has been nothing but glorious, especially for a guy who doesn't sing.
I adore the work of Stephen Sondheim.
I like musicales in general. They make surprisingly great running tapes.
In many ways, I think I'm a good person for it.
I mean, I'm not a musical theater dude. Or rather, I don't watch everything, and love everything, and have every album. The ones that I love - like I've seen The Wizard of Oz a hundred times. West Side Story I love. I love Singing in the Rain, I love White Christmas. I love the Dennis Potter ones like Singing Detective and Pennies from Heaven. I love Sondheim.
I am writing better Stephen Sondheim songs than even Stephen Sondheim is writing.
My favorite show tune has got to be Stephen Sondheim's "I Remember Sky.
" It's probably the saddest song of all time I sing it to myself in the mirror. No, I am kidding. That's the joke.
I'd never even sung in the shower, I'm too mortified.
But once I got over the initial fear it was kind of enjoyable. Sondheim's melodies and lyrics are a real pleasure to tromp around in, it's really beautiful stuff.
Technically, 'Kukla, Fran and Ollie' was a kids' show, but adults watched almost religiously - and we're talking adult adults, celebrated adults - including James Thurber, Orson Welles, John Steinbeck, Adlai E. Stevenson and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
The three theater peeps I would love to dine with are Mel Brooks, because he is so funny; Stephen Sondheim, because he is a god-like genius; and Ethel Merman, to compare notes on fabulous belting.
The thing about Stephen Schwartz is that, while it may be difficult to learn - it's a little bit like[Stephen] Sondheim; Sondheim is quite difficult to learn - but, once you have it in you: it never leaves you. It becomes some of your favorite music; it really does.
I'm very, very sad to say that the only Sondheim show I've done is "A Little Night Music" and it was when I was in college.
I don't think it's that I don't like Sondheim.
It's that I find it really... I don't know how to describe it. Doing it is the most extraordinary thing. Because it's like Shakespeare times 100 with singing. It's that satisfying - and that demanding.
Stephen Sondheim I am in awe of.
I think it's probably, musically, probably the most sophisticated.
("The Woman in White") There's a lot more daring harmony in it than in some of my pieces... If you know what you want to do, as I always loved musicals, and then to have been lucky enough to be successful with them, I think that's all you can ask, isn't it?... Sondheim is absolutely wonderful and Alan Jay Lerner was wonderful.
I compare Stephen Sondheim with humor, because humor is unanalyzable.
You can't analyze humor. You just have to get through it.