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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

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

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

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

The Smile Reunion Concert

I for one have avoided every reunion I’ve ever been invited to, which includes High School, College and Family.  And I’ll continue to do so (okay, maybe I’m so old that I’ll go to a family reunion some time) but ...

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Posted on: September 25th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 1 Comment

Smile Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night. Monday at 7 PM (and again at 9:30) New Yorkers will once again be able to hear Jodi Benson, Anne Bobby and a bevy of really talented Broadway pros dream out loud about tomorrow night…when California’s Junior Miss will ...

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Posted on: September 21st, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie No 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

A New Year’s Resolution

Keeping up with blogging is hard. Harder than I thought it would be. It certainly gives me new respect (as if I needed it) for writers. I mean the real deal writers, the ones who do it ...

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Posted on: January 8th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments