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Howard Ashman (1950–1991)

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Howard Ashman moved to New York City in 1974 and began writing plays while working as an editor in a publishing house. His work attracted attention and he became WPA Theatre's artist director in 1977. In 1982, Ashman collaborated with composer Alan Menken on the musical "Little Shop of Horrors", one of ... See full bio »

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 2017 Beauty and the Beast (songs: lyrics by) (post-production)
 2015 Aria for a Cow (Short) (stock music) (post-production)
 1994-1995 Aladdin (TV Series) (composer - 86 episodes)
- The Great Rift (1995) ... (composer: title theme)
- The Shadow Knows (1995) ... (composer: title theme)
- The Ethereal (1995) ... (composer: title theme)
- Two to Tangle (1995) ... (composer: title theme)
- While the City Snoozes (1995) ... (composer: title theme)
 1992 Aladdin (composer: songs)
 1991 Beauty and the Beast (songs: lyrics by)
 1989 The Little Mermaid (lyricist: songs) / (songs producer)
 1986 Little Shop of Horrors (book and lyrics by: musical stage play/also lyrics by)
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Alan Menken and his musical, "The Little Shop of Horrors", was performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

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You've got all these classics. You know, Pinocchio (1940), Sleeping Beauty (1959), Cinderella (1950) and to make something that fits comfortably on the shelf with all those? What a difficult thing to do but it's such a great thing to try to do.


During The Production of Beauty and The Beast, Howard discovered he was sick of Leukemia. In March 11, 1991, he fall from the ground while the recording of Something There a Song from the Movie. His condition got serious in March 14, 1991 and the whole Production of the Movie stopped for him. When his condition got a little bit better, he decided to continue the work. Howard however decided to ... See more »


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