Top 100 Quotes About Musicals

#1. I used to go to musicals every birthday - that was my birthday present. We'd go to London, me and my two brothers and mum and dad. I think I saw 'Mamma Mia' about five times.

Lily James

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#2. If you know what you want to do, as I always loved musicals, and then to have been lucky enough to be successful with them, I think that's all you can ask isn't it? I think I don't really think too much about it. I am a bit shy socially, yeah, I admit that.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

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#3. I went on a few auditions for Broadway musicals, and never stopped taking classes, but I didn't take it seriously until I was out of college.

Brendan Dooling

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#4. I was obsessed with being popular in high school and never achieved it. There's photos from our high school musicals, and I'm comically in the deep background, wearing a beggar's costume.

Mindy Kaling

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#5. I love singing! I was a musical theater girl in high school. We were always singing and dancing around, and just doing little community theaters and high school musicals. Then, when I got to NYU, I focused more on drama.

Katie Lowes

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#6. I would love to do more theatre, musicals ... everything.

Chris Pine

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#7. I did all the musicals in my high school; I was in a pop group signed to Cash Money Records in college. Music has always been a really big part of my life.

Janina Gavankar

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#8. We didn't have a lot of live theater in Oklahoma. I didn't visit New York when I was growing up. I watched movie musicals, and I believed in an idealistic, idyllic version of Broadway.

Kelli O'Hara

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#9. I've auditioned for musicals a lot, but I think my voice didn't really match what they were looking for. I went to school for musical theater for a year and dropped out. Legit musicals are not quite my forte.

Cristin Milioti

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#10. In many (most?) churches there are programs and activities ... but so little worship. There are songs and anthems and musicals ... but so little worship. There are announcements and readings and prayers ... but so little worship.

Charles R. Swindoll

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#11. 'Piaf' I did it because I wanted to do more theater instead of only musicals, and someone gave me the book and said to me, 'You have to do it.'

Elena Roger

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#12. If you write enough musicals you pretty much have a sense of where they should go, what you'll need, and when; how to pull people on that journey.

Alan Menken

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#13. I got picked on a lot, even by teachers too. I liked to listen to musicals and bake, and my homeroom teacher found out and mocked me in front of the whole class for baking.

Dan Savage

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#14. My acting started with musicals in elementary school, so singing is something I've always done, never done professionally - so you're not going to find me on "The Voice" or anything - but it is something that I have a lot of fun doing, and can do well enough to keep up with people in shows.

Clayton Snyder

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#15. While many of my musicals deal with big themes and ideas, I don't intentionally go looking to write shows like that. A story will interest me, and then somewhere along the way, I discover that hidden inside are these epic themes.

Stephen Schwartz

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#16. Other than a few years of piano as a kid, I don't have all that much musical training. I played piano for all the musicals in high school and was in a few bands, but never really considered music as a viable career until I was in college.

John Keltonic

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#17. I started performing in high school. There was a pretty great drama department at my school, and that's when I started doing plays and musicals.

Missi Pyle

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#18. I do know one thing: I wish people were doing more dangerous musicals, more courageous musicals and not just falling into the trap of trying to figure out what the public wants, because you find out that the public very often wants what's good.

Hal Price

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#19. I was more of a dancing kid than a singing kid. I mean, I sang in school choirs and I sang in school musicals, but I was much more interested in dancing than singing.

Madonna Ciccone

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#20. The great thing about musicals is that they transcend race.

Gurinder Chadha

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#21. I write plays, and I have a musical that's starting to get produced now. That's what I would love to do, but it's so hard. The only reason people are reading my plays and musicals is because I'm in movies.

Jesse Eisenberg

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#22. You can easily become boxed in and be only identified with musicals or plays.

Jill Paice

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#23. Slightly forgettable movies can sometimes make great musicals.

Mark Gatiss

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#24. I did a lot of musicals when I first started my career, so I can carry a tune well.

Josh Dallas

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#25. I grew up in a community of theatre, and I always loved musicals. From a young age, the first present I ever wanted was a video camera. For me it was a great outlet to be creative.

Christopher Egan

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#26. Musicals and horror films can be very non-verbal and very pure cinema with movement. The camera is justified in being a character. It can really move and tell a story, and literally direct you to look here or there.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

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#27. My two favorite musicals growing up in were 'Annie' and 'Sweeney Todd,' and my best friend and I would sing all the songs when I was a kid.

Katie Finneran

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#28. In his musicals with Garland, Rooney was the sparkplug for prodigious entrepreneurship - that era's predecessor of the garage band, but with Gershwin tunes and an all-star cast.

Richard Corliss

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#29. I did all the musicals in high school, and I loved it. And then I got to theater school at college, and was like, "No, I'm a serious actor. I want to do Shakespeare. I want to do classical theater." I took myself very seriously.

Timothy Omundson

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#30. What musicals need is a new me.

Cameron Mackintosh

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#31. Being a gay married man, I love Broadway musicals.

Lloyd Kaufman

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#32. I love musicals, I started acting because I wanted to be in a musical.

Scarlett Johansson

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#33. I could make thousands of dollars in Broadway musicals, but among the best experiences I had was doing 'Hamlet' in Milwaukee and a version of 'Cyrano' that my wife wrote for me on a bus-and-truck tour.

John Cullum

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#34. With a musical, you kind of have to do a mind-meld with the book-writer, the lyricist, the composer, the director - sometimes the producer. I think that's a reason why musicals are the hardest form.

David Henry Hwang

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#35. I think I'm a straight actor who occasionally does musicals; most people think I'm an eccentric comedian. It's amazing how many years you can spend in this business just sorting out something as simple and basic as that.

Ron Moody

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#36. I have found my heaven in musicals. When I watch a musical, it makes me believe life is still beautiful.

John Woo

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#37. What's wrong with musicals now is all the gifted men who've died of AIDS-who would otherwise be here today creating great theater.

Madeline Kahn

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#38. You see, it took me so long, it was such a struggle, to move myself out of musicals - because I had had a success, nobody wanted to allow me to direct a non-musical picture. It was so hard. And the only way I could get it going was to become a producer myself.

Stanley Donen

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#39. I'm going to take the kids away over Christmas but I don't, I've written 14 musicals now, I don't want to rush into doing something just for the sake of doing it. I want to do it when I find a story.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

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#40. I grew up in the West End, so my whole background was living among theatres and musicals and the West End's coffee bars and clubs. It's kind of obvious that one day I should do something like that.

Cat Stevens

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#41. Rodgers & Hammerstein shows have a purity of unironic emotion that imprints itself upon people's hearts. They seem to touch our feelings so effortlessly. They have a scope and ambition that's missing from many musicals now.

Mary Rodgers

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#42. I'm a fan of musicals from great masters, and I was able to have an opportunity to express myself in musical numbers with Glee.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

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#43. At a very early age I knew I wanted to be an actor and then more specifically that I wanted to be on Broadway and be in musicals.

Andrew Rannells

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#44. The musicals that leave us kind of staggering on our feet are the ones that really reach for a lot.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

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#45. I never wanted to go longer than five years off the stage. Not necessarily musicals, but just doing a play or something.

Hugh Jackman

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#46. I grew up on musicals, and I know they are quite the thing now, but I'm actually a little indignant, because I started taking singing lessons years ago - I put the time in!

Marisa Tomei

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#47. I just want to do musicals. it's hard enough just to do musicals. No matter how hard I try, I think it's only getting harder. Even If I try harder, there are problems that I just can't deal with. I don't know why it's become like this.

Cheon Eunbi

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#48. Corny answer is of course is that everyone who wants musicals are children in different ways, aren't they? So you think of them in different ways. There are things of mine I'm sorry haven't come here.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

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#49. I feel like a lot of my past career was going to film school, making a lot of different kinds of movies. I made a bunch of comedies, I made one drama and I made a couple musicals.

Adam Shankman

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#50. I love performing in a good straight play as well and I'm a crossover actor, I crossover from plays to musicals, musicals to plays. This is very difficult for performers.

Erica Schroeder

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#51. When you're doing the traditional musicals, singing songs that are 40 and 50 years old, you realize there's a reason why those musicals are hits. These are amazing songs!

Tom Wopat

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#52. I'm not gay, so I don't know much about Broadway musicals.

Norm MacDonald

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#53. I was a big fan of John Cassavetes, his wife, Gena Rowlands, and that era of filmmaking which was about realism and which represented the antithesis of the dreamy escapism you found in musicals.

Carmen Ejogo

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#54. When you're young, you want to make every kind of film: musicals, Westerns, horror. Slowly you begin to hear your own voice. I hope people receive what I do as small, personal films that are somewhat contrarian about their main characters.

Jason Reitman

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#55. It's almost scary how amateur I am when it comes to musicals - I'm a musical goer, but I am not as obsessed with musicals as perhaps some of my theatrical friends are.

David Levithan

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#56. Look at the darkest hit musicals - Cabaret, West Side Story, Carousel - they are exuberant experiences. They send you out of the theater filled with music.

John Lithgow

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#57. The musicals had a good, happy feeling, saying that the world is a better place. They say it's not reality, but who cares? There's too much reality these days.

Shirley Jones

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#58. I started acting as a child in Community Theatre but I didn't do any serious stuff. It was all musicals like 'Annie' and 'Wizard of Oz.' I was always in the chorus.

Michelle Williams

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#59. Before 'Grey's Anatomy,' I was doing musicals, plays, commercials, you name it.

Chandra Wilson

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#60. I only know how to write musicals.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

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#61. Listen - I like musicals. Even when they're bad, there's a couple of dancers I can watch.

Richard Schiff

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#62. This is the dangerous thing about musicals. Most of them assume that as soon as you find your voice, you'll use it to sing to someone else.

David Levithan

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#63. You know, sound was still a fairly new thing when I came into movies. And the reason musicals happened is because of sound. They could put music in the picture! That's how it all began.

Stanley Donen

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#64. When I tried to play characters that strayed from who I am it ended in disaster. People didn't expect me in comedies or musicals.

Sylvester Stallone

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#65. I'd been brought up on musicals. Instead of cartoons, we watched videocassettes of musicals at home.

Rachel Tucker

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#66. Sometimes I like to play the soundtracks to famous musicals so we can all sing along. South Pacific is one of my favorites. Our neighbors must hate us.

Louise Brown

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#67. I love film scores and opera, and I wanted to work in those forms. But theater was more accessible. And no one was doing this in the late 1970s, when I began working in the theater. So, I have written scores for thirteen plays, which are not musicals, but straight plays.

Jeff Britting

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#68. I love musicals; I love the ballet, opera, the circus. It's all performance to me.

Ian McKellen

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#69. I've always, especially through old Hollywood musicals, loved just to watch tap dancing; I adore it. I think it's fantastic.

Damien Chazelle

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#70. I like musicals and I love music.

Wayne Rooney

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#71. I made all these great musicals with Judy Garland. It was all about me going into a barn and saying: 'Let's put on a show.' That's what me and Judy did.

Mickey Rooney

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#72. 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.

Frank Oz

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#73. I will be singing primarily all the songs from the musicals that I have been in from over the years.

Elaine Paige

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#74. I started off when I was seven years old doing musicals. I was in 'Les Miserables' and 'The Sound of Music,' and my mum's an actress. My parents divorced when I was young, and when she couldn't find a babysitter, I was in the wings, sleeping.

Alicia Vikander

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#75. I loved old black and white movies, especially the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals. I loved everything about them - the songs, the music, the romance and the spectacle. They were real class and I knew that I wanted to be in that world.

Sharon Stone

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#76. I think with musicals, it's much more part of the script. They don't want songs that would stop the show; they need songs that keep the plot moving.

Adam Schlesinger

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#77. 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

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#78. 'Grease' was how I learned that I really liked music and musicals and movies that included music.

Jason Moore

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#79. Growing up, I was in all the musicals and everything ... I'd come home from school and bash out a few Whitney Houston songs.

Mallory Jansen

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#80. New start or not, there was a line to be drawn, and that line was singing musicals to yourself as serious psychological motivation.

Maureen Johnson

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#81. I always enjoyed participating in artistic endeavors, and I remember in high school participating in chorus, drama and singing madrigals, mainly because they were an easy A. I loved being in plays and musicals too, but you didn't really get credit for those.

Roger Bart

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#82. I think that kids need to grow up watching what I grew up watching - great entertainment; you know, Judy Garland and all these musicals that bring song and dance and acting all together in a polished way.

Tammy Blanchard

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#83. I studied at Guildhall and did the acting course, but because I could sing a bit, I kept being cast in musicals.

Alexander Hanson

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#84. A lot of people are going to hate me for saying this, but one of my least favorite kinds of music, or the kind of music that I feel I've so got out of my system, is musicals music.

Guy Pearce

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#85. I mostly did musicals and concerts when I was younger, and then I realized I don't quite have the voice for it, so I went into acting, which I enjoy more.

Lucy Griffiths

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#86. I think musicals can be more than what people imagine. That'll be the case with 'Matilda.' It's such a clever thing to stage. Parents would have read this when they were young and will want to share it with their children because they have such a fondness for the source.

Bertie Carvel

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#87. In the '20s and '30s, there were these musicals either set on college campuses or based on classical stories, so any of the Rodgers and Hart musicals certainly influenced me. I was definitely influenced by any of the 'Porgy' songs; I was influenced by 'American Pie.'

Douglas Carter Beane

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#88. I don't think today's younger audience ... would even know what 1920s musicals were like.

Julie Andrews

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#89. Barbara Stanwyck, in particular, was peerless in everything from high and low comedy to drama to musicals to film noir. She never took a false step.

Eve Golden

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#90. I prefer musicals, because I am the best dancer who ever lived. The best plies, the best sashays, and by far the best-smelling Capezios.

Adam Sandler

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#91. And, I'd never done Tennessee Williams, and I had done Broadway musicals, so it was a challenge.

Andrea Martin

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#92. There is already huge public interest in stage musicals.

Tim Rice

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#93. I did ballet, jazz and flamenco from when I was five years old. And my professional career started with dancing in musicals.

Jennifer Lopez

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#94. I started singing in church and I was probably around seven and I started singing anywhere that I could. I used to sing at my school. I was in musicals and then it kind of got to a point where I started to - wanted to do my own songs.

Avril Lavigne

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#95. I grew up in a time when the only musicals were animated musicals because nobody wanted to see people to break into song.

Jason Moore

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#96. Things musicals taught me: All your problems will go away if you sing about it.

Margaret Atwood

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#97. You want to do things that you watched when you grew up. I grew up on The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and Singin' in the Rain. I watched those, over and over again, so of course, I want to do musicals.

Janina Gavankar

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#98. I always try to keep a little bit of space in the year to work with other people. Because I love doing musicals, films and plays - projects where I'm not in charge, where I've got somebody else telling me what to do and I have to work with their vision.

Wayne McGregor

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#99. I'd like to have made one of those big splashy Technicolor musicals with Rita Hayworth.

Cary Grant

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#100. I'm very opinionated about movie musicals when they're adapted from live shows. You'll sit still for a three-minute song in a theater. But in movies, a glance from someone's eyes will tell you the whole story in a few seconds.

Stephen Sondheim

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