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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

Success

Justin Kudwa recently posted an interesting video on Feed Me.  It’s one I’d never seen.  From 1982, it’s an interview at the 92nd Street Y with a few theater luminaries.  They’re all talented, relatively new guys on the block, ...

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Posted on: February 20th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments

Writing and cutting

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but I’ve been struggling mightily with sustaining this blog. I don’t know if it’s writer’s block or just plain laziness but I find myself with all sorts of more important things to do lately.   The fact ...

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Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 8 Comments

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

The world of publishing is almost as rocky as the world of theater.  And the world of e-publishing may well be the rockiest of all.  Which is why you are reading the following essay here.  Written by Alan Menken, it ...

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Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 8 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

Interview with Alan Menken, part one

I don’t remember the first time I met Alan Menken.  No doubt it was at a rehearsal or early performance of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, but I’m sure I was much more excited about the possibility of being in ...

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Posted on: January 8th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 3 Comments

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

A year ago, a community theater in Ann Arbor produced God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Somehow, though, I missed an article about the director, Rob Roy, and how he came upon the show.  Turns out it was a nice piece of ...

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Posted on: January 9th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

God Bless You Mr. Rosewater Demos

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, the first show that Howard and Alan worked on together, has been on my mind a lot lately.   Howard was artistic director of the WPA Theater and had just directed a workshop of Maury ...

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Posted on: November 21st, 2011 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie No Comments

A Little Brouhaha

A blog can be a sort of bully pulpit.  I don't think I 've really used it as such yet but here we go. A director named Nick A. Olivero requested, paid for and received permission to produce Little Shop of ...

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Posted on: July 8th, 2011 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie No Comments

Happy Birthday

Howard’s birthday was May 17.  Other than his Bar Mitzvah, I don’t remember any of his childhood birthday parties being particularly memorable.  His Bar Mitzvah, was most decidedly memorable but we’ll get to that another day. I remember Howard’s 29th birthday ...

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Posted on: May 17th, 2011 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 9 Comments