There’s a great Tony Awards speech given by Jordan Roth. It reminds me of a Kander and Ebb song from “70, Girls, 70” entitled “YES”. The lyrics, as sung by Liza Minnelli, go something like this… “Yes. Say yes. Life keeps happenin’ every day. Say yes. When opportunity comes your way… You can’t start wonderin’ what to say… You’ll never win if you never play… Say yes.”
It is in the act of saying “yes” that I wish to open this modest blog on my thoughts on Broadway, with the speech that made me want to say “Yes” to moving back from the west coast to the east.
When Jordan Roth accepted his Tony. He said:
“There are those rare people who look at the world and see things the rest of us don’t see until they show us. These are the writers. There are a special few who can take that and turn it back into a world, these are the directors, the designers. There are fearless beings who can live in that world and show us who we are, those are our actors. They are dedicated people who know why that world matters so very much. Crew, theatre staff, producers, investors, managers, marketers, and then there are the people who step forward and say, ‘show me this world. Open, change me.’ These are our audiences. And when all of these people come together and say, ‘yes,’ there is theatre… we say ‘thank you’ to everyone who says ‘yes.’ “
Here is the YouTube of it: