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" 90%, 100% are going there to hear the singing. The story is another thing. Nobody's interested in the story. Happiness is happiness. "
" What opera isn't violent? Two things happen, violence and love. And other than that, name something else. You can't. "
" My audience was my life. What I did and how I did it, was all for my audience. "
" You don't think it was because a white man wrote it, a black man wrote it, a green man wrote it. What - doesn't make a difference! Doesn't make a difference. I think he did a good job. "
" A movie and a stage show are two entirely different things. A picture, you can do anything you want. Change it, cut out a scene, put in a scene, take a scene out. They don't do that on stage. "
" Everybody that you could name would join in our audiences from, Laguardia on down. Everybody came. Everybody came to the Cotton Club. "
" He was a silly guy. Out - do the other guy. That was his effort at all times. "
" It's very difficult to photograph an opera. And they messed up on it. It just wasn't there. And I don't blame the Gershwins for taking it away. Of course, if they had gotten the original company to have done it, it would have been very good. "
" Bubbles was a very good dancer. Tremendous dancer. He was one of our leading dancers of the country at that time. And, of course, he didn't have much of a voice. "
" I think it was just an opera. Now, you go to opera, you expect to see and hear what the opera is. So, it was Catfish Row. It was singers. Marvelous voices. It didn't make no difference what color they were. "
" We usually never got out of there before four or five o'clock in the morning. Every morning. So it was rough. "
" The only credit I can give them. They synchronize wonderful. That's all. They synchronize very - you would have thought that they were actually acting, but they were synching all the time, and that's a rough job. "
" Everybody did something. It was very entertaining. We had a lot of fun. Lot of fun. And there was no segregation, that I could see. I never saw any. "
" We didn't have any segregation at the Cotton Club. No. The Cotton Club was wide open, it was free. "
" That's what George wrote! He wrote it. Why change it? There was this European company that I was speaking about awhile ago - course, didn't nobody know what Porgy was. "