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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

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

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 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

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 ...

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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 ...

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

Romantics

I am a romantic.  A trait I learned from my brother but also from my father.  It’s not necessarily a good thing and the irony is that Dad and I were textbook depressives.  Neither one of us ever found those ...

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Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 7 Comments

Don’t Change The Word (Don’t Change That Word, Either)

I loved Michael Feinstein’s notes to the young singer who changed a word of a lyric and a note of the song on Broadway or Bust.  The song was They Can’t Take That Away From Me and the word changed ...

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Posted on: September 17th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie 2 Comments

Audition Lesson

Back when I was in college and Howard was in grad school, we had an audition-song conversation that, naturally enough with Howard around, turned into a lecture. Howard’s audition piece at that time was I Believe In You from How To ...

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Posted on: September 10th, 2012 by Sarah Ashman Gillespie No Comments