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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

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

The Ultimate Insider

Howard was special.  He read early, wrote early, he sang and danced and seemed to have a supernatural ability to charm adults.  He was also a little effeminate.  I have some family film of him at maybe four or five ...

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Posted on: February 4th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 10 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

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

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

Peter Pan Act II

I promised you a Peter Pan Act II (Act I was way back last year) and since John’s busy on the road this week, I figured I’d jump in. For a couple of years in the late 50’s and early ...

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Posted on: April 23rd, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

Fantasy Cast

Justin Kudwa just started a discussion on Feed Me about which part he’d like to play in LSOH and how he’d interpret (or maybe reinterpret) the part. It set me to thinking about my own dream LSOH cast.  Because it’s ...

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Posted on: April 16th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie No 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