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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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Known For

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast Music Department
(1991)
Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors Music Department
(1986)
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid Music Department
(1989)
Aladdin
Aladdin Music Department
(1992)

Filmography

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 2017 The Railways of Crotoonia: Tillie to the Rescue (Short) (composer: additional music - as Howard Ashmen)
 2017 Beauty and the Beast (songs: lyrics by)
 2015 Aria for a Cow (Short) (stock music)
 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

He directed Alan Menken's musical, "Little Shop of Horrors", at the Comedy Theatre in London, England with Barry James, Claire Moore, David Burt and Harry Towb in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Howard Ashmen
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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.

Trivia:

Ashman was the first AIDS victim to receive a posthumous Oscar. He won for the title song to Beauty and the Beast (1991) and the award was accepted by his partner Bill Lauch. See more »

Trademark:

His witty lyrics See more »

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