In my big gay church, there is a special wing dedicated to and occupied by The Ladies of the Theatre. This is a special breed of diva, with voices as large as their hearts. They have dedicated their lives to their art, sacrificing much in order to bring audiences to their feet, night after night. You can trust them to always find their light and not only will the show go on... but that curtain will rise on time.
One such diva?
"The theater is a tough place. It's not cushioned the way it is in film and television. I'll tell you what I think in general about people who want to make their Broadway debut that are not trained stage actors. Don't they know, Broadway ain't for sissies? It is a tough gig. You are responsible, physically, mentally, emotionally, for eight shows a week, at the top of your game. It's not easy. It's not easy being an actor, and having said that, everybody's an actor. Do you know what I mean? Paris Hilton's an actor, which is kind of scary. But if you want to honor your craft and yourself, strive for the nobler instincts."
"Anybody that goes to the theater, I think we're all misfits, so we ended up on stage or in the audience. The only thing we are as actors are messengers. That's all we are. Correct? We are delivering the playwright's intention through the concept of the director. And I come on stage; if I feel confident in the role, then I give it away."
"Let me say I was trained at Juilliard. I have a very high standard. I expect everybody around me to work equally as hard because people pay a lot of money for tickets. They demand the best that we have. I love what I do, and I love the audience, and I love the fact that I get to do it, and I love, I love our craft very, very, much, and it's a noble craft. We have a responsibility to it, and to the audience, and to the playwright, and to the message. I won't ever care less."