You've got to be original, because if you're like someone else, what do they need you for?
No One Is Alone by Stephen Sondheim is all about thinking for yourself and being your own person.
Singing lessons are like body building for your larynx.
I think my manager of 30-some odd years now, Tom Hammond. He's as fine a person as you could ever meet. And he's had great theatrical taste and has influenced me that way.
Into The Woods was... a lot of running around in the woods! I can't wait to see the show again. People didn't realize it back then, but kids still come up to me-young people-and they talk about it. It really made its mark.
I feel strongly for gay marriage to be accepted.
When I grew up in the '60s, your hair had to be straight and you had to be skinny and have no boobs, and it was like not my era.
Working on behalf of companion animals is so important. We start to realize how healing they are.
Animals speak with pure affection. It's important to me to get something going in NY so we can get to be a no-kill city, and give the animals homes and more attention and love.
You'd look out and there'd be little babies watching the show, and boys and girls. They loved the cowboys, and they loved Annie. There were young people seeing the show for the first time. I stayed for two years because I enjoyed it so much.
The first big lead that I had on Broadway was in a show called La Strada.
When something isn't done, you want to do something about it.
It was one of the most exciting, perfect evenings of my life, my solo debut at Carnegie Hall. And knowing we were all there to raise money for Gay Men's Health Crisis made the evening an extraordinary experience.
George M. is where I met my dear friend Joel Grey. We connected at rehearsal one day during a five-minute break. We were both looking out the same window and we knew in five minutes that we'd made a connection.
The challenge of film is making it right there at that moment, and then you get to move on.
I've been fortunate in my career to have performed in revivals of great musicals and to have originated roles in musicals that have in turn been revived. And I'm not dead!
I know Mama Rose is a great role and I love having a chance to do it.
In my career, there have been three things that were challenging: playing gay; playing a Jewish woman; and playing Chekhov. The scariest part was playing Chekhov!
We've been listening to Wagner, which is so great.
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.
Getting plenty of sleep is always great. It really is. I have a girlfriend who's sending me a slant board.
I lost a very dear friend who lived with AIDS for about 17 years. Rejecting early treatments that were iffy, he thought he saved himself. I really miss him a lot.
The first Broadway show I ever heard was the recording of Carousel, and it was a very vivid experience.
I love Some Enchanted Evening, and If I Loved You. And as I sing them more and more, I find new favorites.
It was like being high when you reach those high notes.
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