"When I was growing up, there was no such thing as Off-Broadway. You either got your show on or you didn’t."
"When the song is part of the action and working as dialogue, even two minutes is way too long."
"I fell into lyric writing because of music. I backed into it."
"Generally, the best recording is the original cast, because that’s the way the piece grew: integrally, with them."
"In the Rodgers and Hammerstein generation, popular hits came out of shows and movies."
"I would have been a geologist."
"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."
"When the audience comes in, it changes the temperature of what you’ve written."
"I don’t find my life that interesting. The shows, maybe. But not me."
"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."