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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

Little Shop of City Center

Well that was fun. First the Supreme Court agrees that people, all people, have the right to marry.  And be healthy. Then Little Shop of Horrors and Ellen Greene manage to raise the roof off City Center (hats off to Ben Brantley ...

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Posted on: July 3rd, 2015 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

The Smile Reunion Concert

I for one have avoided every reunion I’ve ever been invited to, which includes High School, College and Family.  And I’ll continue to do so (okay, maybe I’m so old that I’ll go to a family reunion some time) but ...

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Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

Smile Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night. Monday at 7 PM (and again at 9:30) New Yorkers will once again be able to hear Jodi Benson, Anne Bobby and a bevy of really talented Broadway pros dream out loud about tomorrow night…when California’s Junior Miss will ...

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Posted on: September 21st, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie No Comments

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

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

A New Cow In Town

So, did you miss me? The blog and I both had a strong hit of summer lassitude, but we’re back and, like kids going back to school, we’re ready with our figurative crayons and erasers for a new season. Not everyone has ...

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Posted on: September 11th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 3 Comments

Photo Op Circa 1958

As far as I know, there have been photo ops as long as there have been photos. Never a slouch at keeping traditions alive, Howard often contrived photo ops to amuse us through long childhood summers. Case in point, the movie musical ...

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Posted on: June 28th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

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