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This album is a two-CD set.

Album Release Date:
 November 4, 2008


what the critics are saying
 
“The collection of songs is truly stunning and shows the breadth and depth of Ashman’s prolific talent.... Simply beautiful.”
–EDGE

Howard Sings Ashman
Songwriter Series

Beauty and the Beast. Little Shop of Horrors. The Little Mermaid. Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winner Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics for some of the stage and screen's best-loved scores before his untimely death in 1991.

This new volume of PS Classics' celebrated Songwriter Series, drawn primarily from private demo recordings, features Ashman singing selections from all these scores, as well as songs from lesser-known shows like God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and from unproduced works. A bonus CD includes a true rarity: the complete demos 15 tracks from Ashman's 1986 collaboration with Marvin Hamlisch, the Broadway musical Smile.

This two-CD set captures the diverse and memorable accomplishments of one of the true geniuses of the contemporary American musical theatre.


In late 1985, Hamlisch and Ashman met with Bob Fosse after a workshop performance of Smile to try and interest him in the project. Ashman's tape of that meeting survives, and it offers a rare look at three musical theatre luminaries discussing the strengths and weaknesses of a major work in progress.

Read the transcript here...



track listing
 
Disc One:
  1. Da Doo
  2. Bad
  3. The Rosewater Foundation
  4. Mushari's Waltz
  5. Cheese Nips
  6. Growing Boy
  7. Straw Boater Rag
  8. Sheridan Square
  9. Part of That World
  10. Under the Sea
  11. Poor Unfortunate Souls
  12. Les Poissons
  13. Arabian Nights
  14. Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kasim
  15. Call Me a Princess
  16. Gaston
  17. Be Our Guest
  18. Beauty and the Beast



Disc Two:

  1. Typical High School Senior
  2. Santa Rosa Intro – Postcard
  3. Disneyland
  4. Shine
  5. Postcard
  6. Nerves
  7. Young and American
  8. Act I Finale
  9. Act II Opening / Do It for Me
  10. Ted Farley Sequence
  11. Smile
  12. We Wish We Were You
  13. In Our Hands
  14. Pretty as a Picture / Finale
  15. Bonus Track: Big Bob's Song

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