Howard Ashman (1950–1991)

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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 Music Department
Little Shop of Horrors Music Department
The Little Mermaid Music Department
Aladdin Music Department


Hide Hide Show Show Music department (24 credits)
  Little Shop of Horrors (songs: lyrics by) (pre-production)
 2023 The Little Mermaid (songs: lyrics by) (post-production)
 2021 Disney Music Parade (Video Game)
 2019 The Little Mermaid Live! (TV Movie) (lyricist)
 2019 Will Smith: Friend Like Me (Video short)
 2019 Aladdin (songs: lyrics by)
 2019 Cartoon All-Stars Reanimate (TV Short) (original song)
 2018 Beauty and the Beast in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl (Video documentary) (stock music)
 2017 The Railways of Crotoonia: Tillie to the Rescue (Short) (composer: additional music - as Howard Ashmen)
 2017 Deadpool: The Musical (Short) (writer: original Gaston song)
 2017/I Beauty and the Beast (songs: lyrics by)
 2015 Aria for a Cow (Short) (stock music)
 2000 Disney's The Little Mermaid 2 (Video Game) (performer)
 1998 Peter Andre: Kiss the Girl (Video short)
 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)
 1992 Fantasmic! (Short) (lyrics: "Beauty and the Beast" "Part of You World" - uncredited)
 1991 Beauty and the Beast (songs: lyrics by)
 1989 The Little Mermaid (lyricist: songs) / (songs producer)
 1988 The 60th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (special music material)
 1986 Little Shop of Horrors (book and lyrics by: musical stage play/also lyrics by)
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Show Show Soundtrack (101 credits)
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
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Show Show Thanks (7 credits)
Show Show Self (5 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (6 credits)

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Other Works:

Alan Menken and his musical, "The Little Shop of Horrors", was performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Howard Ashmen


Shirley Ashman


Sarah Gillespie (sibling)

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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.


Alan Menken and his musical, "The Beauty and the Beast," was awarded the 2005 Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for Musical Production. See more »


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