"Historically, musical performers were always there during the war and during catastrophe, and Broadway seemed to be the only place that did thrive during these times, where people would reach out to go to the teater. And what ultimately happened after 9/11 is that people did indeed need relief. New York was grieving. You couldn't go anywhere where there wasn't someone else who was grieving. But to go to the theater and to be with another group of people, a group of people who were being entertained, by topnotch performers who were doing their best to give you a little relief from that grief, was not only appropriate, but completely healing."
-Susan Stroman, Director-Choreographer
"Jonathan was a very innocent, a very generous, a very open-hearted person. And very young. And his concerns were young. That's why the pive especially speaks to young people who are really finding their feet as adults."
-Michael Greif, Director
"It was the spectacle that beguiled us and we found thrilling - we began to applaud the chandelier for falling th Phantom of the Opera. We applauded the poor sons of bitches in Les Miserables who had to keep up with the turntable as they were singing. You're not supposed to feel ordinary human emotions at a spectacle, or indeed at the circus, you're aghast with admiration and wonder."
-Brendan Gill, Critic
"AIDS cut a devastating swath through the talent pool in Broadway. Michael Bennett and [choreographer] Ron Field come to mind - so many I can't even go back through the lists. I do't take their names out of my Rolodex because I want to remember, but there are so many people that worked on Broadway that are gone because of AIDS. In all fields, but a lot of choreographers, dancers, directors, designers, actors - it really did a number on what comes out on the street now."
"New York was laid out in 1811 in a very severe, brutal, pressing down of a gridiron upon a naturally marelous island of hills and dales and streams .... So Broadway broke the gridiron where-ever it crossed it on its way up to the Hudson River. Ad wherever Broadway broke the gridiron, there was extra energy, something happened, and that was always the theatre districe."