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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

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

Aria For An Animator

Years ago, a guy named Dan Lund contacted me for rights to a song written by Howard.  He didn't know the song but had heard of its existence and thought it might be good for animation. I didn't think that song ...

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Posted on: November 11th, 2015 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments

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

A Birthday Thank You

  Once again, it’s Howard’s birthday.  He would be 65 years old today. Which means he’d be eligible for all sorts of goodies by now.  His AARP membership would be in good standing, Medicare and Social Security would have kicked in and ...

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Posted on: May 17th, 2015 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 7 Comments

A March 14 Thing

March 14 will ever be a blue day in our home.  It will ever make me stop and think.  But the truth of the matter is, it is a day like any other.  And I miss Howard, as we all ...

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Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 11 Comments

The Book I Want To Read

Like most people, I start each year with great expectations and plans and then gradually let them slide as life intervenes. And this year will no doubt be like all the rest. But, eternal optimist that I am, I have decided to ...

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Posted on: December 28th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 8 Comments

In Honor of Kurt Vonnegut

In honor of what would have been Kurt Vonnegut's 92nd birthday, here's a reprint of liner notes Alan Menken wrote for a never-publioshed ebook that was to contain both Mr. Vonnegut's  novel and Howard's book for the musical (music by ...

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Posted on: November 11th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

Downsizing Treasures

You just never know what you'll find in those boxes of memorabilia. I just got this from the wife of an old friend of Howard's (like the kind of old friend you shared a playpen with).  It's something Howard wrote, dated ...

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Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments

Letting Go

I began writing these these blog posts, in large part, for myself, so that I could somehow keep Howard alive.  More to the point, I wrote so I would not have to let him go.  I now realize that the ...

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Posted on: October 21st, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments