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.
After the Rodgers and Hammerstein revolution, songs became part of the story, as opposed to just entertainments in between comedy scenes.
I firmly believe lyrics have to breathe and give the audience's ear a chance to understand what's going on. Particularly in the theater, where you have costume, story, acting, orchestra.
I chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken; the choosing was not. You have to move on.
Two of the hardest words in the language to rhyme are life and love. Of all words!
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.
A close-up on screen can say all a song can.
The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is, you know there is a solution.
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.
Nowadays, there are sometimes more producers than there are people in the cast, because it takes that much money to put a show on.
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