Da Doo Blog

Posts Tagged ‘howard ashman’

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, ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

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 ...

Read more...

Posted on: March 13th, 2015 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 12 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