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He Wasn’t Always A Hero

Sunday was Mother’s Day and I reminded Mom that May 17 is coming up.  Howard would have been 67 years old.
“No,” she said. Well, yes. In Mom’s memory, ...

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Posted on: May 16th, 2017 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 5 Comments

A New Beauty, A New Beast, A Legacy Forever

I had no idea that there would be a legacy.  When Howard died, and for many years after, it really didn’t occur to me that ...

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Posted on: March 14th, 2017 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 7 Comments

Metaphorically watching Beauty and the Beast

There has been much talk lately of Howard having written Beauty and the Beast as a metaphor for AIDS.  This is just plain not true and ...

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Posted on: March 6th, 2017 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 10 Comments

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

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

GMHC Howard Ashman Award and Cabaret

Monday night's Howard Ashman Award and Cabaret to benefit Gay Mens Health Crisis was, in a word, incredible.  The performances were stunning and the emotions and love in the room - for both Howard and Terrance McNally, this year's award ...

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Posted on: October 1st, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie No Comments

A Birthday Gift

Today's Howard's birthday.  Let's celebrate. Last week,  my good friend, as well as Howard’s good friend and trusty assistant, Nancy Parent, called me with a discovery she’d made while cleaning her office. It’s a sketch for lyrics – not meant to be ...

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Posted on: May 17th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 11 Comments

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