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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

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

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

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 ...

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

Success

Justin Kudwa recently posted an interesting video on Feed Me.  It’s one I’d never seen.  From 1982, it’s an interview at the 92nd Street Y with a few theater luminaries.  They’re all talented, relatively new guys on the block, ...

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Posted on: February 20th, 2014 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments