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Howard’s Birthday

May 17, 1979 was Howard’s 29th birthday.  He had a show at the WPA Theater and it was opening night.  Opening night at the WPA wasn’t really as impressive as, say opening night at the Schubert.  The WPA was on ...

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Posted on: May 16th, 2016 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

Letting Go

I began writing these these blog posts, in large part, for myself, so that I could somehow keep Howard alive.  More to the point, I wrote so I would not have to let him go.  I now realize that the ...

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Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments

A Night To Remember

Every now and then, Bill and I are called upon to “represent” Howard at an event.  It’s always awkward.  The fussing and cooing is very sweet but I know it’s my shared genes and memories that are the cause of ...

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Posted on: June 7th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments

Interview with Alan Menken, part two

For the second part of my interview with Alan Menken, I wanted to explore his thoughts on some of the less well-known Ashman/Menken projects and to get his thoughts on what might have been. Here goes: As you know, I am a ...

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Posted on: January 20th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 6 Comments

Thirty Years Ago Today

Thirty years ago today, Little Shop of Horrors opened at the Orpheum Theater in New York's lower east side and horticulture has never been the same. To celebrate, I thought I'd share a few favorite photos.  In no particular order, we ...

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Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments

Great Little Shop Interview With Howard

The other day I found this great interview with Howard.  It was done when the Little Shop tour hit Baltimore.  There's good stuff here and I like it especially because Howard talks a bit about his early life in our ...

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Posted on: July 23rd, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 7 Comments

An NPR Moment

Full confession, I listen to NPR. Yes, I know. And okay, sometimes I do feel like I’m trapped in a Saturday Night Live skit. But at any given moment, NPR is usually providing the best conversation going ...

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Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 5 Comments

John Musker Question Countdown #4

Question #4 What did you think of the stage adaptations of Aladdin and Little Mermaid? Did you get to have any input during the creative process of either show?   Ron Clements and I had almost no input to either the Little Mermaid ...

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Posted on: April 30th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments

March 14, 1991 – A Memory

I am not prepared, of course.  How could I be prepared?  The phone rings and I take a final quick sip of tea as I pick it ...

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Posted on: March 14th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 11 Comments

By Howard Ashman

Last week, while going through stuff for the Library of Congress, I found this piece written by Howard for what I think was a playbill (judging by the typeface).  It would have been 1983 – Little Shop had been out ...

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Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie No Comments