Da Doo Blog

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 ...

Read more...

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

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 ...

Read more...

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

Read more...

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

Good Night, Goodbye

Howard left behind many who loved him, not all of whom you have read about here.   The stories I’ve chosen to tell are the ones I know something about.  All of us who knew and loved Howard experienced him in ...

Read more...

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 7 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 ...

Read more...

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

The Sprinter

May 17, Howard’s birthday, is always a special one for me and Bill and all of us who loved Howard. I wrote this post a few weeks ago, but I’ve been waiting for today – it’s a toast ...

Read more...

Posted on: May 16th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 9 Comments

Interviews

Interviews are tough to do – for both the interviewer and the interviewee. And it’s a fact of life that sometimes the facts get a little bashed in the process. You hope, though, that when you’re being interviewed ...

Read more...

Posted on: April 11th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 4 Comments

Adolescent Magic

As we both moved into adolescence and Howard found his place at Children’s Theater Association and at other local theaters, I lost my brother’s attention.  He made new friends and began to feel his way out of the house and ...

Read more...

Posted on: March 20th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie No 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 ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

Posted on: January 8th, 2013 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 3 Comments