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Off Broadway Quotes


"I really cut my teeth on off-off-off Broadway shows." - Bea Arthur

"If you don't go to Broadway, you're a fool. On Broadway, off Broadway, above Broadway, below Broadway, go! Don't tell me there isn't something wonderful playing. If I'm home in New York at night, I'm either at a Broadway or an Off Broadway show. We're in the theater capital of the world, and if you don't get it, you're an idiot." - Joan Rivers

"I probably did a dozen plays, like Off-Off-Broadway stuff." - Mickey Rourke

"I go to a lot of plays. I tend to prefer the off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway more than the Broadway shows. That's where I see people that I might not know." - Ellen Chenoweth

"I started my career off replacing Rita Moreno in a Broadway show." - Patricia Mauceri

"I went to Boston University and got my BFA, and performed Off Broadway." - Jenn Proske

"I've been in this business 25 years. I've been eking out a living doing Broadway, off-Broadway... I've seen the unemployment line a lot." - Viola Davis

"People see a lot of huge stuff on Broadway, but there's always Off-Broadway energy and also shows that you can work in." - Loretta Devine

"Once I found out how much an Off-Off-Broadway actor makes, I was whoring myself out the next day." - Rob Corddry

"And I don't consider Broadway the acropolis of theatrical art. I mean Broadway is commercial - that's what it is. It's expensive seats and a lot of them that have to be filled every night. Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, as far as I'm concerned, is in New York the pride of New York theater." - Tony Kushner

"I don't think of myself as a TV actor. I think of myself as a film, television and Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway actor." - David Duchovny

"I wanted to be a therapist if the acting didn't work. I also did a lot waitressing and odd jobs. I'd audition but couldn't get hired to save my life. I'd do Off-Broadway theatre and that was great and I was excited and thrilled, feeling like, 'Well, it's Off-Broadway, but there's still the Broadway in there.'" - Jennifer Aniston

"I'm definitely nervous and excited. I feel like I've been playing off-Broadway, not to say that Boston doesn't have a great theatre district or great theatre, but it's not going to Broadway; it's just a different city." - Todd English

"Christopher Walken was probably the most experienced dancing partner I've had in movies, because he has the same background as I do. He's from theatre, Broadway and off-Broadway, and we both shared that." - John Travolta

"Success has a lot of different plateaus. But I first felt really proud of myself when I was doing an off-Broadway production in New York City." - Chris Carmack

"Josh Saviano's a big entertainment lawyer in New York City. He's handled Broadway shows like 'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' and some of the other big ones." - Dan Lauria

"When I was growing up, there was no such thing as Off-Broadway. You either got your show on or you didn't." - Stephen Sondheim

"I was as content Off-Broadway as I was in a big Hollywood movie, and, I just try to be content wherever I am, you know." - James Earl Jones

"Broadway purists may deplore the influx of movie-spinoff musicals in recent years, wishing someone would turn off the popcorn machine and let more imaginative brainstorms blow through." - James Wolcott

"Even if you're lucky to have a play on Broadway like 'Chinglish,' you don't necessarily earn enough off it to support the years it takes to get there." - David Henry Hwang

"I love Broadway shows." - Mike Birbiglia

"I did a play in high school, then one in college. My first professional experience was off-off-Broadway. I'm conveniently blocking the title. I'm sure I was terrible." - Peter Riegert

"The greatly anticipated 2009 Masters was like going to a Broadway hit and finding out that the star, Sir Tiger Woods, was off that night, and his replacement was the cab driver who dropped you off at the theater." - Dan Jenkins

"My grandmother took me to a lot of theater. I was exposed to performance quite a bit - everything from Broadway to off-Broadway and dance and music as well. I was very lucky that way. It was a very rich childhood." - Julia Stiles

"I did a couple of little Off-Broadway things, but my first Broadway show was A History Of The American Film, written by Chris Durang. Swoosie Kurtz was one of the stars. It was a wonderful show. It closed in 40 performances. I think it was kind of ahead of its time." - Brent Spiner

"It's glamorous when a movie is released, but then you feel disconnected from it. Someone asked if it wouldn't be more glamorous for me being on Broadway rather than Off Broadway, but I thought, 'What's the difference?' The Orpheum is a smaller house, that's all. And there are no mikes, so you just talk louder." - Brooke Adams

"Yeah, I feel sort of unfinished in New York, even though I spent so many years there. I think it's because I never got a chance to do any Broadway, or even off-Broadway. I would love to do that and I haven't given up on that." - Eva Larue

"Pretty much from 1979 through 1988, the backbone of my career was the theater. Working on Broadway a couple of times, working off-Broadway, and also doing a lot of regional theater. Make no mistake, I lived very frugally. I had an apartment that was real cheap. I would get two or three jobs per season, and in between I'd be on unemployment." - Delroy Lindo

"When I got to Broadway, I conducted five Broadway shows." - David Friedman

"I miss Broadway, what little there is on Broadway now." - Jackee Harry

"Broadway is really my life." - Vanessa L. Williams

"I have always loved Broadway." - Melissa Etheridge

"Broadway is really my life." - Vanessa Williams

"I play characters who are comfortable naked, but that's something you work up to. I did a play off-Broadway in New York when I was in college. It was full-frontal nudity. It's nerve-racking." - Joe Manganiello

"So I forcibly shove aside my prickles of pissed-off, which is easier than it sounds when millions of little sequined caffeine dancers are doing their big Broadway number on your internal stage. (Page 173)" - Deb Caletti

"When we got off the streetcar at Times Square, it was somewhat of a letdown. Newspapers were blowing about the road and pavement, and Broadway looked seedy, like a slovenly woman just out of bed." - Charlie Chaplin

"Harold Ramis and I together did the 'National Lampoon Show' off Broadway, 'Meatballs,' 'Stripes,' 'Caddyshack,' 'Ghostbusters' and 'Groundhog Day.' He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him." - Bill Murray

"Harold Ramis and I together did the "National Lampoon Show" off Broadway, "Meatballs," "Stripes," "Caddyshack," "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day." He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him." - Bill Murray

"I was occasionally getting calls for some things. But I would say, 22 to 29 was a lot of scuffling. Hoping to get called for bad wedding gigs and I did do an off-Broadway show for about 15 months." - Jon Gordon

"I went to School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, and we had a bunch of singing classes. My first job in New York was an Off-Broadway musical." - Anna Camp

"A month before graduation I got an off-Broadway job. Then I did some commercials, including one for MCI. You can only see half of me, but it paid well. Thank God for commercials." - Lee Pace

"I watched Mark Rylance in the Broadway revival of 'La Bete,' and it knocked my socks off. The complete commitment, passion, and unbridled enjoyment in every moment of what he was doing was overwhelming." - David Alan Basche

"Over the years, I managed to develop this comedy career, went from opening act to headliner at comedy clubs, to playing concert halls, and had an off-Broadway show with 'Sleepwalk With Me.'" - Mike Birbiglia

"When I was on Broadway, I got really sick with walking pneumonia. I decided not to take my health for granted anymore and make it a priority. The great thing is, the pounds just started to fall off." - Jordin Sparks

"What you think is fake in your head comes off as not enough on camera, a lot of times. You almost have to overdo it, in this overly, sort of Broadway, large-gestures kind of way to come off as being realistic on camera. It's strange. You almost have to act really fake to come off looking real." - Jack White

"Sent off, carried off, but never backed off." - David Dunworth

"I love musicals and I love Broadway." - Ariana Grande

"I miss singing. I did Broadway forever." - Bellamy Young

"I came to Broadway through Indiana University." - Colin Donnell

"I would love to do Broadway again." - Hank Azaria

"I would love to be on Broadway!" - Emily Blunt

"I would like to play Broadway!" - Elena Roger

"I wanted to write for Broadway." - Cynthia Weil

"Laughter scares off lust." - Mason Cooley

"I'm still off hamburgers." - Oprah Winfrey

"Think off-center." - George Carlin

"Broadway has been very good to me. But I've been very good to Broadway, too." - Ethel Merman

"My early days in Broadway were all comedies. I never did a straight play on Broadway." - Gene Hackman

"Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway." - Ethel Merman

"I did do an off-Broadway show for about 15 months. '91 and '92. It was nice to have a steady paycheck for a while. It was Oliver Jackson and Earl May, Art Barron and myself were the house band. I was 24 and 25 at the time." - Jon Gordon

"My return to the theater in New York was so specific. I didn't want it to be about leveraging my exposure or my fame, so the first show I did in New York was an ensemble piece at an Off-Broadway theater, and I wanted to make sure that it was just about the play and about the experience." - Zachary Quinto

"Rent Control was an interesting movie. It was directed by... I had done a couple of plays off Broadway, and this Italian director came, his name was Gian Luigi Polidoro, and he determined I was the person to play the lead in his low-budget comedy. He'd won an award at the Venice Film Festival, and... He was, y'know, a skilled director." - Brent Spiner

"I think I learned more about writing scores for Broadway by making mix tapes in the '90s than I did in college. You're learning about rise and fall and energy and tempo shifts. You're showing off your taste and your references. You're trying to be witty by - through placement of music you didn't write." - Lin-Manuel Miranda

"Always drawn to the theatric, Bowie also performed in stage productions of "The Elephant Man" and just recently collaborated on "Lazarus," an off-Broadway musical that's a sequel to his 1976 role in the film "The Man Who Fell To Earth."" - David Bowie

"I think I can work anywhere, but you don't get the same kind of inspiration everywhere. New York theater has become a big inspiration for me. I only started writing for the stage myself because I like to see the good, mostly off-Broadway plays in New York." - Daniel Kehlmann

"There are lots of young vital playwrights who are experimenting, and these are the plays that people who are interested in the theatre should see. They should go off Broadway. They should go to the cafe theatres and see the experiments that are being made." - Edward Albee

"The pigeons are shitting on George M. Cohan. I shoo them off. They fly up and perch on his hat. Cohan would've never given his regards to Broadway if he saw how dirty they kept his statue in Duffy Square. New Yorkers walk right by. Nobody cares." - John Lahr

"The biggest audience for Off Broadway is mostly coming in on a train - either Upper East Siders or Metro-North. I go to the theater, and everyone around me is over 50. How interested will they be in my kind of work?" - Adam Rapp

"My skirt fell off on stage during a performance of Hairspray on Broadway, revealing my fat suit over my own natural fat suit. I turned to the audience and said, 'Now you know why I spent six years in a square.'" - Bruce Vilanch

"I used to do lots of independent films and for a while I was very content living in New York City and doing independent movies and off-Broadway theater. I loved it, I had a really good time doing that, and I worked on a lot of projects that are very dear to my heart, both plays and films." - Jared Harris

"I was in 'Jacques Brel' Off-Broadway for many years, so I've always been a singing actress, but the songwriting was a complete surprise. I had never written a song in my life. We were on the road with 'Jacques Brel' doing the national tour, and I picked up a guitar one day and I wrote a song." - Amanda Mcbroom

"From 1985 to 1994, I lived in Manhattan in a big old loft right off Times Square. I could walk to work, which was in a couple of Broadway theaters, to Howard Stern's studio, and to 30 Rock for 'Letterman' and 'SNL.' Even in New York, walking to work is homey and folksy, like living in a small town." - Penn Jillette

"We have some extremely talented people that we've ripped off the Broadway stage. It's awe-inspiring how talented they are, and how can-do they are. They're at that stage of life where it's like, "Yeah, let's put on a show!" That's really fun to watch." - Jane Lynch

"We're all better off...when we're all better off." - Eric Liu

"Art feeds off art...and artists feed off artists." - Robert Mangold

"Never put off today what you can put off tomorrow." - Proverbs

"I set off, off to kill the man I love." - Richelle Mead

"Put the 'off' button on." - George W Bush

"Please keep off the grass." - Peter Ustinov

"Champions have no off-season." - Dan Bailey

"Start slowly, then taper off." - Walt Stack

"Start slow and taper off." - Walt Stack

"Nice dress. Take it off." - Janet Evanovich

"The gun went off accidentally." - Phil Spector

"I stay off the Internet." - Chaske Spencer

"I don't take time off." - Wiz Khalifa

"I'm blacked than midnight on Broadway and Myrtle" - Mos Def

"I absolutely loved my stint on Broadway in Hairspray." - Corey Reynolds

"Being a gay married man, I love Broadway musicals." - Lloyd Kaufman

"Nathan Lane's Bus of Broadway Fun will be leaving shortly." - Jon Stewart

"It's a dream for all writers to write for Broadway." - Richard M. Sherman

"I love orchestrating music and conducting and being on Broadway." - Harry Connick Jr

"To play Cleopatra on Broadway would just be incredible." - Gugu Mbatha-Raw

"The actual cheerleaders in our film are all Broadway dancers." - Brooke Langton

"Broadway is one of the hardest things I've ever done." - Ashanti

"I want to toy around with producing a Broadway show." - Lance Bass

"Broadway has always been a dream of mine." - Jessica Chastain

"There's nothing that can match Broadway for stature and dignity." - Sammy Davis Jr

"I would love to go back to Broadway." - Katie Finneran

"I was a big Broadway fan for a while." - Trey Parker

"Broadway is a tough, tough arena for singing." - Julie Andrews

"I don't think just funny is enough on Broadway." - Don Knotts

"My studio was on 9th Street between University and Broadway." - Lee Krasner

"There's nothing that can match Broadway for stature and dignity." - Sammy Davis, Jr.

"I absolutely loved my stint on Broadway in 'Hairspray.'" - Corey Reynolds

"I really wanted to be a Broadway kid." - Reese Witherspoon

"I wanted to be on Broadway, but in musical comedy." - Carol Burnett

"All my roots are Broadway. I got my Equity Card doing a Broadway show, and my first love is theater." - Jesse Tyler Ferguson

"'Broadway Bound' is near and dear to my heart, as it was one of my happiest times on Broadway." - Jason Alexander

"That's always - that's been another dream of mine, to do a Broadway play. An award winning Broadway play." - Janet Jackson

"(on Marilyn Monroe) I was walking down Broadway with her and nobody was stopping us. She was going to (Stella Adler's) actors' studio, and she was taking me to show me what it was all about. And I said to her: "How come nobody is taking your picture?" She said: "Well, watch." She took her scarf off, straightened her shoulders, and draped something another way, and we were surrounded. It must have been 400 people. And I said: "Now I know why!"" - Liza Minnelli

"Honestly, people told me to. It was weird, I graduated from school, I never thought I'd live in L.A. and I always wanted to be to New York. I assumed that would be my trajectory - that romantic ideal of moving there and doing plays Off-Broadway and being scrappy about it. Then we did a showcase in New York and a showcase in L.A., and for whatever reason the response that I generated in L.A. was significantly more enthusiastic." - Zachary Quinto

"I got an email from Nick [Kroll] that he and John [Mulaney] were looking to put on the stage show with two of their characters from Kroll Show and could I help at all. And they were doing it [off-Broadway] at the Cherry Lane and they had been performing it at UCB, just sort of testing it out. I worked on it for a little bit downtown and it was a great experience." - Alex Timbers

"I did a great show Off-Broadway called Leave It To Beaver Is Dead that was at the Public Theater in New York. It was written by Des McAnuff, who's an illustrious director now, and it starred... Well, I was in it, Mandy Patinkin, Dianne Wiest, Saul Rubinek, and Maury Chaykin. It was an amazing show. But it was definitely ahead of its time, and people didn't quite get it." - Brent Spiner

"But if you get a kick out of "The Jerry Springer Show," you're going to love it! The idea of hearing these lyrics and profanities - like the chorus at the top of the show - the idea that we're going to hear it in Carnegie Hall is just genius. It's been written with real care! It's not some crappy little musical that somehow found its way off-Broadway with vulgar-intentions. This is really beautiful, operatic music. It has a place in Carnegie Hall." - Max von Essen

"Shakespeare is God, of course. I have studied his plays for the vast majority of my sentient life. When I was a kid, my parents found an old copy of the LP recording of Richard Burton in John Gielgud's Broadway production of Hamlet and they gave it to me for my birthday. I listened to it till the grooves wore thin and I was off and running." - Ken Ludwig

"I did an Off-Broadway show that was a comedy written by Ann Meara. We were like a family, and we did that show for a year. On Oz, I did feel like the cast members were friends and there was a lot of bonding. That said, there was a lot of testosterone. Once again, it was full of really intense theater actors with this writing that was really intricate and subtle." - Lance Reddick

"There is a problem on the so-called commercial stage in New York. The price of a ticket is exorbitant, and there are no longer original productions possible, apparently, on the commercial stage. They are all plays that were taken from either England or smaller theaters, off-Broadway theaters, and so on. The one justification there used to be for the commercial theater was that it originated everything we had, and now it originates nothing. But the powers that be seem perfectly content to have it that way. They don't risk anything anymore, and they simply pick off the cream." - Arthur Miller

"I have a very close friend who is a brilliant clown, and I always wanted to do a show with him. So I did one year at La MaMa Theatre. I had not done stilts before that show, and I had about two weeks to learn how to do that, and they were just made with off-off Broadway money. The ones that I had in Rogue One were made by [Industrial Light & Magic]. So they were really easy. They were made with actual prosthetic feet on the bottom. They were athletic, in a way. I could run in them. There was a bounce to them that I could use." - Alan Tudyk

"Where words leave off, music begins." - Heinrich Heine

"Go off-road...Practice a little daring." - Tony Snow

"Friendly counsel cuts off many foes." - William Shakespeare

"Make sense who may. I switch off." - Samuel Beckett

"Don't cut your nose off yourself." - Casey Stengel

"Only pissed-off people change the world." - Tom Peters

"Put on your adidas and step off." - Ed O.G.

"Inconstancy falls off ere it begins." - William Shakespeare

"Start off each day with a song" - Jimmy Durante

"Furiously and gorgeously write your ass off." - Bob Hicok

"The gun goes off. I fall." - Veronica Roth

"War is capitalism with the gloves off." - Tom Stoppard

"My noisy denunciation trails off in doubt." - Mason Cooley

"Elections are a Western jerk-off." - John Le Carre

"The commercialism may wash off sometime later." - B.K.S. Iyengar

"Hats off to drug abusers everywhere." - Jerry Coleman

"Ive made a career off of Halloween." - Cassandra Peterson

"Go jump off a cliff, Leah." - Stephenie Meyer

"Get your egos off the battlefield." - Charlie Sheen

"I washed mud off of mud." - Steven Wright

"I guess I'll fade off into bolivian" - Mike Tyson

"Sometimes things are better off forgotten." - Simone Elkeles

"Knock the 't' off the 'can't.'" - Samuel Johnson

"Patience is counting down without blasting off" - Anonymous

"Sarcasm will make your tits fall off." - Christopher Moore

"You here to finish me off, Sweetheart?" - Suzanne Collins

"I want to cut his nuts off." - Jesse Jackson

"Stars are better off without us." - James S.A. Corey

"Whoa! I better lay off the peyote!" - Marcus Thomas

"Israel must be wiped off the map." - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

"You can't fall off the floor." - Paul the Apostle



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