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.
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.
I feel strongly for gay marriage to be accepted.
I know Mama Rose is a great role and I love having a chance to do it.
I love pasta with the homemade marinara sauce I had as a kid.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
When something isn't done, you want to do something about it.
The first big lead that I had on Broadway was in a show called La Strada.
The challenge of film is making it right there at that moment, and then you get to move on.
When there's a terrible illness like AIDS sweeping through, you help people.
I'd like to one day play Amanda, the mother, in The Glass Menagerie.
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.
I don't smoke, I don't drink much, I don't eat red meat. I stay out of the sun.
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!
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