I was courted for a year and given the impression that they wanted me and no one but me. But almost immediately it became very difficult for me to present ideas. Once the show opened I felt decidedly unappreciated by the producers. So it ended with them wanting me to leave and me wanting to leave: There was a definite lack of communication; I still don’t know exactly what happened.
- Madeline Kahn on her departure from On the Twentieth Century
“I wanted to be the music.” - Madeline Kahn
…I realized what she’d said about herself was the impulse behind all of my own interests, all of my needs, all of my studying, compulsions, and passions, and had I been aware of that idea when I was starting out, had I been able to assimilate it, live within it, I would have saved endless years of frustration and work and confusion because that thought was at the very bottom of what I was looking for. So much had been invested in craft, in externalization, in looking for something solid out there that would fill the void, create a sense of flight, of getting out of the oppression of self.
We don’t want to do it; we want to be it. Only we don’t know it. No one tells us.
This is dedicated to everyone who wants to be the music.
Artist: Madeline Kahn
Album: Hello, Dolly! [1992.07.xx, Tour, Madeline Kahn, Houston]
Song: Before the Parade Passes By
Madeline Kahn singing “Before The Parade Passes By” from HELLO, DOLLY! when she toured playing the title role in 1992. The production was directed by Lee Roy Reams
Madeline Kahn attends the 48th Annual Tony Awards on June 12, 1994 at Gershwin Theatre in New York City
Fun fact: Madeline had won a Tony for Best Actress in a play for The Sisters Rosensweig in 1993 and was a presenter the following year . She was introduced on stage as ‘Madeline Kahn who won a Tony for being ‘Gorgeous’ on broadway.
Madeline Kahn and Robert Klein on stage in New Faces of 1968