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Posts Tagged ‘Beauty and the Beast’

A New Beauty, A New Beast, A Legacy Forever

I had no idea that there would be a legacy.  When Howard died, and for many years after, it really didn’t occur to me that ...

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Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 7 Comments

Metaphorically watching Beauty and the Beast

There has been much talk lately of Howard having written Beauty and the Beast as a metaphor for AIDS.  This is just plain not true and ...

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Posted on: March 6th, 2017 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 10 Comments

Twenty Five Years

I’d like to thank the Academy for this incredible honor… Wait, that’s not it.  Right, here we go now… I’d like to thank Sam Smith for kinda screwing up his acceptance of an Academy Award for best song.  Yeah, that’s more like ...

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Posted on: March 13th, 2016 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 6 Comments

A Birthday Gift

Today's Howard's birthday.  Let's celebrate. Last week,  my good friend, as well as Howard’s good friend and trusty assistant, Nancy Parent, called me with a discovery she’d made while cleaning her office. It’s a sketch for lyrics – not meant to be ...

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Posted on: May 17th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 11 Comments

Aladdin, The Tonys and More

The Tony nominations have been announced and it really is gratifying to see Aladdin get a nod for best score.  Congratulations of course, go to all of this year’s Tony nominees.  It’s a tough business and anyone making a living ...

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Posted on: May 1st, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 5 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

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

John Musker Question Countdown #5

Question #5 How does an idea for a project usually begin? Where does inspiration come from? And how long does it take for an idea to really take off? No two projects have the same period of gestation.  And their sources are ...

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Posted on: April 17th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 6 Comments

Oscar Memory

In 1991, Beauty and the Beast made Oscar history by being the first animated film to be nominated for an Oscar.  And Bill Lauch made Oscar history by accepting the Award for Best Song as Howard's loving partner. ...

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Posted on: February 24th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

Be Our 3D Guest

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist or even a student of musical theater to know that Howard Ashman loved food and loved to eat.  I mean, he did write the book for a musical about a man-eating plant ...

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Posted on: January 15th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment