Stephen Sondheim, fully Stephen Joshua Sondheim

Stephen
Sondheim, fully Stephen Joshua Sondheim
1930

American Composer and Lyricist, winner of multiple Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Laurence Olivier Award, Author of Sweeney Todd

Author Quotes

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

To wish and wait from day to day will never keep the wolves away.

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

If people have split views about your work, I think it's flattering. I'd rather have them feel something about it than dismiss it.

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.

The difference between a cow and a bean is a bean can begin an adventure.

Two-thirds of all American theater is about yearning for a connection.... The stage is home to a whole lot of yearning.

Gotta watch out for directors.

If you're dealing with a musical in which you're trying to tell a story, it's got to sound like speech. At the same time it's got to be a song.

My personal life and my artistic life do not interfere with each other.

The dumbing down of the country reflects itself on Broadway. The shows get dumber, and the public gets used to them.

When I was growing up, there was no such thing as Off-Broadway. You either got your show on or you didn't.

Having just the vision's no solution, everything depends on execution

In the Rodgers and Hammerstein generation, popular hits came out of shows and movies.

Nice is different than good.

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?

When I write a song, I become an actor.... Of course, the song has everything to do with me because I'm writing it. But it also has nothing to do with me. It's for a specific character in a specific scene in a specific story.

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

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

Nowadays, there are sometimes more producers than there are people in the cast, because it takes that much money to put a show on.

The last collaborator is your audience ... when the audience comes in, it changes the temperature of what you've written. Things that seem to work well — work in a sense of carry the story forward and be integral to the piece — suddenly become a little less relevant or a little less functional or a little overlong or a little overweight or a little whatever. And so you start reshaping from an audience.

When the audience comes in, it changes the temperature of what you've written.

I did not have an unhappy time, because it literally did not occur to me that other people had a family life. I saw my parents occasionally at night and on weekends, and I thought every child in New York lived that way.

Lenny Bernstein had a 12 room apartment at the Dakota. It was all big, spacious rooms inside this old-style New York City building that looked like a castle. But his studio, ... it was the size of a throw rug with a window that looked out on an airshaft. No distractions.... There was nothing to do there but work.

Oh if life were made of moments Even now and then a bad one — ! But if life were only moments, Then you'd never know you had one.

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First Name
Stephen
Last Name
Sondheim, fully Stephen Joshua Sondheim
Birth Date
1930
Bio

American Composer and Lyricist, winner of multiple Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Laurence Olivier Award, Author of Sweeney Todd