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

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

I really don't want to write a score until the whole show is cast and staged.

Musical comedies aren't written, they are rewritten.

So many good songs get written fast, because you know exactly what has to work.

There's a hole in the world like a great black pit and the vermin of the world Inhabit it... And it goes by the name of London.

Children can only grow from something you love to something you lose.

I was raised to be charming, not sincere.

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.

Sometimes people leave you halfway through the wood. Others may decieve you - you decide what's good. You decide alone, but no one is alone. People make mistakes. Fathers, mothers, people make mistakes, holding to their own, thinking they're alone. Honor their mistakes. Fight for their mistakes. Witches can be right. Giants can be good. You decide what's right. You decide what's good.

There's something inimical about the camera and song.

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

I would have been a geologist.

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.

Stay a child while you can be a child.

They all deserve to die. Even you, Mrs. Lovett, eEven I.

Everyone I used to play with has either given up or is dead.

If I cannot fly, let me sing.

My cage has many rooms.

Swing your razor wide! Sweeney, hold it to the skies!

They hear drums, we hear music.

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 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.

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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