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An Oscar Nightmare

Here’s a little summer game for you.  I’m posting a lyric Howard (with music by Alan Menken) wrote on spec for an Academy Award program.  Think Billy Crystal.

It wasn’t used but I’ve always thought it was pretty funny.

The game is simple – can you name all the films he’s referring to in the song?  If you first heard of Howard because you grew up on Little Mermaid, you’ll need to sharpen your Google search skills.  If you first found Howard through the original production of Little Shop, you’ll need to sharpen your memory.

Hint, we’re talking the Awards of  1988 (which I guess means films eligible for that year).


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Posted on: August 18th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 3 Comments

3 Responses

  1. Jordan Briskin says:

    With all due respect, the only person whom I can imagine singing this is “Weird Al” Yankovick, not Howard. But, these lyrics are rather amusing to read!

  2. John Musker says:

    Sarah: I seem to remember Howard singing this back in the day, but can’t remember if I heard it live or on a taped demo. The lyric that really brought it back was the line “Glenn keeps getting closer.” I really can still hear Howard singing that in my head. I wish they had used it. Hilarious.

  3. Josh Freilich says:

    I love this!
    I’m curious to hear the music for this song!

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