Quotes of Broadway

“ I wanted to be a Broadway star when I was younger. I wanted to sing and dance until I realized I was a horrible dancer and could probably never do it. ”

- Michelle Branch

“ What a glorious garden of wonders the lights of Broadway would be to anyone lucky enough to be unable to read. ”

- G.K. Chesterton

“ I think she did great. I'm very proud of her. It's great for her, it's great for Broadway. ”

- Tim Robbins

“ We all know that the theater and every play that comes to Broadway have within themselves, like the human being, the seed of self-destruction and the certainty of death. The thing is to see how long the theater, the play, and the human being can last in spite of themselves. ”

- James Thurber

“ Little Miss Broadway. ”

- Bob Hope

“ If Broadway shows charge preview prices while the cast is in dress rehearsal, why should restaurants charge full price when their dining room and kitchen staffs are still practicing? ”

- Marian Burros

“ I'm the end of the line; absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime. ”

- Arthur Miller

“ It became apparent to me really fast that I wasn't going to be able to make a living and pay my bills playing on Broadway. ”

- Gretchen Wilson

“ When a man and a woman see each other and like each other they ought to come together - wham - like a couple of taxis on Broadway, not sit around analyzing each other like two specimens in a bottle. ”

- Thelma Ritter

“ I was really into dancing, taking six classes a week, and my real dream was to be in a Broadway show. ”

- Natalie Portman

“ You bet I arrived overnight. Over a few hundred nights in the Catskills, in vaudeville, in clubs and on Broadway. ”

- Danny Kaye

“ I'd studied dance in Chicago every summer end taught it all winter, and I was well-rounded. I wasn't worried about getting a job on Broadway. In fact, I got one the first week. ”

- Gene Kelly

“ Our contention has always been that Shakespeare is our greatest living author. If he can survive a season on Broadway, he must be. ”

- Terry Hands

“ My real pleasure is that 4 times a week 1,800 people are standing up and shouting on Broadway for an author who died hundreds of years ago. ”

- Terry Hands

“ When St Genesius, the patron saint of actors, refused to act in a Roman play that ridiculed Christianity, the legend goes, the producers executed him. It reminds some people of Broadway today. ”

- Samuel G. Freedman

“ We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street an Broadway. ”

- Will Durant

“ I understand people who boo us. It's like going to Broadway show, you pay for your tickets and expect to be entertained. When you're not, you have a right to complain. ”

- Sparky Anderson

“ Most convicted felons are just people who were not taken to museums or Broadway musicals as children. ”

- Libby Gelman Waxner

“ The wide wonder of Broadway is disconsolate in the daytime; but gaudily glorious at night, with a milling crowd filling sidewalk and roadway, silent, going up, going down, between upstanding banks of brilliant lights, each building braided and embossed with glowing, many-colored bulbs of man-rayed luminance… ”

- Sean O’Casey

“ Broadway, such as I see it now and have seen it for twenty-five years, is a ramp that was conceived by St. Thomas Aquinas while he was yet in the womb. It was meant originally to be used only by snakes and lizards, by the horned toad and the red heron, but when the great Spanish Armada was sunk the human kind wriggled out of the ketch and slopped over, creating by a sort of foul, ignominious squirm and wiggle the cunt-like cleft that runs from the Battery south to the golf links north through the dead and wormy center of Manhattan Island. ”

- Henry Miller

“ You should realize that the community with which you deal is not the one of 42nd Street and Broadway, or Hollywood and Vine. These are the crusts on the great American sandwich. The meat is in between. ”

- Fulton Sheen

“ For the first time in my life a feeling of overpowering stinging melancholy seized me. Before, I had never experienced aught but a not unpleasing sadness. The bond of a common humanity now drew me irresistibly to gloom. A fraternal melancholy! For both I and Bartleby were sons of Adam… ”

- Herman Melville

“ I was a weird kid. I should've been gay because I listened to a lot of Broadway musicals. I don't know why I'm not gay. I listen to a lot of jazz and world music, like African or Cuban music. Something that has vitality to it. A lot of the American stuff just feeds on itself. ”

- Frank Oz

“ When I first came to LA, I had my lovely list of theatre credits. My resume was golden in my mind. I had worked regionally, I'd worked on Broadway. And a casting director looked at my resume and said 'You really haven't done anything, have you?' I was just dumbstruck… ”

- Laura Linney

“ I would like to win the Pulitzer Prize. I would like to win the Nobel Prize. I would like to win a Tony award for the Broadway musical I'm now working on. Aside from these, my aspirations are modest ones. ”

- Evan Hunter

“ I realized that as I was getting older, I had to prioritize what I really wanted to do in the world of music. I concluded that I wanted to use my time to write shows for Broadway. Since I already have a very extensive conducting career that takes me away from New York for most weekends, I decided that I would not pursue film scores any more. ”

- Marvin Hamlisch

“ When I went to Broadway in the mid-sixties, everybody was trying to emulate Al Pacino and Robert De Niro and here I was kind of the wholesome 'All-American Boy' from the mid-west with the big toothy smile; so I kind of stood out - a rare kind of a thing for that kind of venue. ”

- John Davidson

“ I would love to be in musical theater and be on Broadway. If someone were to offer me a position to do something like that, I wouldnt pass it down. Im a huge fan of musicals and I really want to do that. ”

- Michelle Branch

“ Intimate singing had a wonderful style in the '30s and '40s. It came out of Broadway and the jazz of Louis Armstrong and Billie Holliday. But Sinatra created the best romantic era that we've ever had. ”

- Tony Bennett

“ The head of the school took one look at me-this tall lady with enormous breasts… and a very deep voice-and cast me in all of these classical parts, Clytemnaestra and lots of Shakespeare. Then it came as a great shock after I graduated that Broadway was not hiring young American Shakespearean actors. ”

- Beatrice Arthur
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