Life at home was my dad, mum and my three sisters.You could say I had a heavy woman influence from a young age. I wasn’t really interested in things that other kids were interested in. They were interested in football, and I was… more creative. It would be like 3 in the morning, and I’d be singing full power at the top of my voice, my sister’d be banging on the wall going “Shut up, you can’t even sing! Go to sleep!”. That was kind of, I guess, where… the dream started.
Ezra Koenig at Not So Silent Night 2013 in Oakland, CA (photo by Steve Jennings via Live 105)
"It was an incredibly emotional, bittersweet time. It was my first Broadway experience, but all of that excitement around the accolades was marred by the loss we were feeling. We channeled all of our energy into putting the best show we possibly could, so we could do it justice in Jonathan’s eyes. That became our goal and our healing technique. I like to sing songs from Rent to remind me how fleeting life is and to enjoy the moment. Jonathan gave me that gift."
- Idina Menzel, on the death of Jonathan Larson