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Mandy Patinkin Quotes and Sayings

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Sondheim is the Shakespeare of the musical theater world.
- Mandy Patinkin

When you work on a text of a lesser quality,
as the interpreter or the delivery person,
you are obliged to try to fill it out as you see so
many people do in lesser work.
- Mandy Patinkin

I try to say something about the human condition whenever I can when I'm lucky.
- Mandy Patinkin

Isaac and I are going to Israel to ride for peace enviromental
justice and a safer world for us all.
- Mandy Patinkin

 

I'm on the board of directors for Peace Now,
which works tirelessly between the Palestinians and
the Israelis to create peace in the Middle East and we've never been closer.
- Mandy Patinkin

Well, I'm not a critic, I'm just a worker.
So, I'm always grateful for anything the critics say -
good or bad.
- Mandy Patinkin

I've been very blessed in my personal life and in my
career and I have never been ungrateful for what I have.
- Mandy Patinkin

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I wanted to go to a liberal arts college,
I wanted to have that experience.
- Mandy Patinkin

I love my work, I love the people I work with,
I do the best I can.
- Mandy Patinkin

I don't want people to sit and process the song.
I want them to just let them bathe over them.
- Mandy Patinkin

I can achieve that by personally relating the words
that I am saying to something I have known in my life.
- Mandy Patinkin

You rarely pay the rent by doing Shakespeare or Ibsen.
- Mandy Patinkin

The best work I can do is to take myself as much as
I can out of it and get it as simple as I can.
- Mandy Patinkin

I'm a spiritual person, I'm an America,
I'm a Jew, and all of those things influence every breath I take,
everywhere I go.
- Mandy Patinkin

My dream has come true, now that I have passed it on.
- Mandy Patinkin

I'm active in PAX, which is a gun awareness organization.
We treat gun safety as a public health issue.
- Mandy Patinkin

But I loved the theatre and I was just doing theatre
24/7 and kept dropping courses because I didn't have
the time and the chancellor thought that wasn't a good idea after awhile.
- Mandy Patinkin

Everything I experience influences everything I do.
- Mandy Patinkin

I try to get that across in the work,
to try to, if I'm lucky, to make this world a little
bit better for all of us before I check out.
And that's if I'm lucky, I don't always get to have
that privilege but I try always.
- Mandy Patinkin

We did a different show every night.
We'd open a show, and then two weeks later we'd open the next show.
And two weeks later we'd open the third show until
we had all eight running.
And it was just one of the richest experiences I'd
ever had in my theatrical life.
- Mandy Patinkin

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.
- Bernadette Peters

Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.
- Stephen Sondheim

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.
- Bernadette Peters

No One Is Alone by Stephen Sondheim is all about thinking
for yourself and being your own person.
- Bernadette Peters

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.
- Stephen Sondheim

Nice is different than good.
- Stephen Sondheim

I prefer neurotic people.
I like to hear rumblings beneath the surface.
- Stephen Sondheim

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

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

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

Lyrics have to be underwritten.
That's why poets generally make poor lyric writers
because the language is too rich.
You get drowned in it.
- Stephen Sondheim

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."
- Mako

I was raised to be charming, not sincere.
- Stephen Sondheim

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

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

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

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

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

A close-up on screen can say all a song can.
- Stephen Sondheim

I fell into lyric writing because of music.
I backed into it.
- Stephen Sondheim

The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is,
you know there is a solution.
- Stephen Sondheim

I don't listen to recordings of my songs.
I don't avoid it, I just don't go out of my way to do it.
- Stephen Sondheim

When you know your cast well and their strengths and weaknesses,
you can start writing for them, just the way Shakespeare wrote for his actors.
- Stephen Sondheim

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.
- Stephen Sondheim

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

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

Gotta watch out for directors.
- Stephen Sondheim

Math and music are intimately related.
Not necessarily on a conscious level,
but sure.
- Stephen Sondheim

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

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.
- Stephen Sondheim

There's something inimical about the camera and song.
- Stephen Sondheim

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.
- Stephen Sondheim

Musical comedies aren't written, they are rewritten.
- Stephen Sondheim

I would have been a geologist.
- Stephen Sondheim

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

One of the hardest things about writing lyrics is to
make the lyrics sit on the music in such a way that
you're not aware there was a writer there.
- Stephen Sondheim

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?
- Stephen Sondheim

After the Rodgers and Hammerstein revolution,
songs became part of the story, as opposed to just
entertainments in between comedy scenes.
- Stephen Sondheim

One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics
sort of fade into the background.
They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music.
- Stephen Sondheim

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.
- Stephen Sondheim

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

Oscar Hammerstein was a surrogate father during all those many days,
and weeks and months when I didn't see my own father.
- Stephen Sondheim

The more restrictions you have, the easier anything is to write.
- Stephen Sondheim

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.
- Stephen Sondheim

You can't have personal investors anymore because it's too expensive,
so you have to have corporate investment or a lot of rich people.
- Stephen Sondheim

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.
- Stephen Sondheim

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.
- Stephen Sondheim

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.
- Stephen Sondheim

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.
- Stephen Sondheim

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
- Henry Ellis

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is,
he's stuck with so many bad actors
who don't know how to play funny.
- Garrison Keillor


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