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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Beauty and the Beast Music Department
Little Shop of Horrors Music Department
The Little Mermaid Music Department
Aladdin Music Department


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 2021 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Nicolle Wallace/Michaela Coel/Kings of Leon (2021) ... (writer: "Part of that World")
- Sen. Corey Booker/Infinity Song (2021) ... (writer: "With A Song In Her Heart, Melania Trump Returns To New York")
 2021 Moxie (writer: "Suddenly Seymour")
 2020 Animation Lookback: Walt Disney Animation Studios + (TV Mini-Series documentary) (music - 1 episode)
- Part 11 (2020) ... (music: "No More Hand Drawn")
 2020 Casus Boloss: L'Histoire en 5 minutes chrono (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- L'Irlande: Un bol d'Eire? (2020) ... (writer: "Unter dem Meer")
 2020 Eric Andre: Legalize Everything (TV Special) (writer: "Under the Sea" - uncredited)
 2020 The Disney Family Singalong Volume 2 (TV Special) (lyrics: "Poor Unfortunate Souls", "Part of Your World", "Beauty and the Beast")
 2020 The Disney Family Singalong (TV Special) (lyrics: "Be Our Guest", "Friend Like Me", "Gaston's Song", "Under the Sea")
 2020 Wiwibloggs (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Elis Mraz "Wanna Be Like" (ESCZ 2020 Czech Republic) Interview (2020) ... (lyrics: "Beauty and the Beast End Duet")
 2019 The Little Mermaid Live! (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Fathoms Below", "Daughters of Triton", "Part of Your World", "Part of Your World (Reprise)", "Under the Sea", "Poor Unfortunate Souls", "Les Poissons", "Kiss the Girl", "Poor Unfortunate Souls (Reprise)", "Happy Ending")
 2019 Disney Villain Sing-Off ft. Thomas Sanders (Video short) (writer: "Beauty and the Beast")
 2019 The Lion King (lyrics: "Be Our Guest") / (writer: "Be Our Guest")
 2019 Aladdin (lyrics: "Friend Like Me (End Title)", "Friend Like Me (Finale)" (uncredited)) / (writer: "Arabian Nights (2019)", "Friend Like Me", "Prince Ali", "Friend Like Me (End Title)", "Friend Like Me (Finale)" (uncredited))
 2019 American Idol (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- 214 (Disney Night) (2019) ... (lyrics: "Part of Your World" - uncredited)
 2017-2018 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (lyrics - 4 episodes)
- Ator, the Fighting Eagle (2018) ... (lyrics: "Belle" - uncredited)
- Carnival Magic (2017) ... (lyrics: "Suddenly, Seymour" - uncredited)
- Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (2017) ... (lyrics: "Kiss the Girl" - uncredited)
- The Loves of Hercules (2017) ... (lyrics: "Beauty and the Beast" - uncredited)
 2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet ("Beauty and the Beast", "Part of Your World")
 2018 Mickey's 90th Spectacular (TV Special) (lyrics: "Part of Your World" (1989), "Friend Like Me")
 2015-2018 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (lyrics - 10 episodes)
- David Spade/Lily James/Charlie Puth (2018) ... (lyrics: "Part of Your World")
- Kevin Hart/Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso feat. watt (2017) ... (lyrics: "Be Our Guest" - uncredited)
- Hugh Jackman/Luke Bryan (2017) ... (lyrics: "Be Our Guest" - uncredited)
- Kobe Bryant/Kathryn Hahn/Big Boi (2017) ... (lyrics: "Gaston" - uncredited)
- Vin Diesel/Shaquille O'Neal/Pitbull feat. Stephen Marley (2017) ... (lyrics: "Beauty and the Beast")
 2018 Lip Sync Battle Philippines (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Will, Sofia vs Jillian, Miggs (2018) ... (writer: "Beauty and the Beast")
 2017 Cannonball (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (2017) ... (writer: "Under the Sea" - uncredited)
 2017 Carpool Karaoke (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Seth MacFarlane and Ariana Grande (2017) ... (writer: "Suddenly Seymour")
 2017 Descendants 2 (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Kiss the Girl")
 2017 Beat Shazam (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2017) ... (writer: "Part of Your World")
 2017 Good Morning Britain (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 28 March 2017 (2017) ... (lyrics: "Part of Your World" - uncredited)
 2017/I Beauty and the Beast (writer: "Belle", "Belle (Reprise)", "Gaston", "Be Our Guest", "Something There", "Beauty and the Beast", "The Mob Song")
 2017 Tu cara me suena (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Concierto de Año Nuevo (2017) ... (lyrics: "Beauty and the Beast")
 2016 Atop the Fourth Wall (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- More Fun Comics #73: Aquaman (2016) ... (writer: "Under the Sea")
 2016 Britain's Got More Talent (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #10.8 (2016) ... (writer: "Under the Sea" - uncredited)
 2016 The Voice (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Blind Auditions 6 (2016) ... (lyrics: "Part of Your World")
 2016 Britain's Got Talent (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- 2016: Auditions 1 (2016) ... (lyrics: "Under the Sea" - uncredited)
 2016 Còmics (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Teatre musical (2016) ... (lyrics: "La bella i la bèstia (Beauty and the Beast)")
 2014-2015 Strictly Come Dancing (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- The Quarter-Final Results (2015) ... (writer: "Beauty and the Beast" - uncredited)
- The Quarter-Final: Musicals Special (2015) ... (writer: "Beauty and the Beast" - uncredited)
- Week 7 (2014) ... (writer: "Friend Like Me" - uncredited)
- Week 6: Halloween Special (2014) ... (writer: "Little Shop of Horrors" - uncredited)
- Week 3: Movie Special (2014) ... (writer: "Under the Sea", "Be Our Guest" - uncredited)
 2015 Late Night with Seth Meyers (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Joel McHale/Sara Bareilles (2015) ... (lyrics: "Part of Your World" - uncredited)
 2015 Descendants (TV Movie) (writer: "Be Our Guest")
 2015 Proud of Your Boy (Video short) (lyrics: "Proud of Your Boy")
 2015 Glee (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Loser Like Me (2015) ... (writer: "Suddenly Seymour" - uncredited)
 2014 The Galavant Showcase (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "Friend Like Me", "Under the Sea", "Beauty and the Beast", "Be Our Guest", "Part of Your World")
  Tu cara me suena - Argentina (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode, 2014) (writer - 1 episode, 2014)
- Episode #2.20 (2014) ... (producer: "Bella y bestia son") / (writer: "Bella y bestia son")
 2014 The Voice Kids (Australia) (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Blind Auditions, Part 2 (2014) ... (lyrics: "Part of Your World")
 2014 The 68th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (lyrics: "Friend Like Me")
 2009-2014 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Disney Night (2014) ... (writer: "Friend Like Me", "Be Our Guest", "Under the Sea")
- Round Eight (2009) ... (writer: "Friend Like Me")
 2013 The Oscars (TV Special) (writer: "Be Our Guest")
  Nostalgia Critic (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011) (lyrics - 2 episodes, 2010)
- Dungeons and Dragons (2011) ... (writer: "Belle" - uncredited)
- Flubber (2010) ... (lyrics: "Part of Your World" - uncredited)
- Top 11 Villain Songs (2010) ... (lyrics: "Poor Unfortunate Souls" (1989) - uncredited) / (writer: "Dentist!" - uncredited)
 2010 Disney Sing It: Family Hits (Video Game) (writer: "Be Our Guest")
 2010 She's Out of My League (writer: "Beauty And The Beast")
 2010 Memòries de la tele (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #4.16 (2010) ... (writer: "La bella y la bestia (Beauty and the Beast)")
 2009 Miranda (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Teacher (2009) ... (writer: "Beauty and the Beast" - uncredited)
 2009 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Gerard Butler/Shakira (2009) ... (writer: "Beauty and the Beast" - uncredited)
 2009 BCN aixeca el teló (TV Special) (writer: "Beauty and the Beast")
 2009 The New Paul O'Grady Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 12 May 2009 (2009) ... (writer: "Little Shop of Horrors", "Under the Sea" - uncredited)
 2008 Op zoek naar Joseph (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Live Show #4 (2008) ... (writer: "Proud of your boy")
 2008 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (Video) (writer: "Part of Your World")
 2008 The 62nd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (lyrics: "Part of Your World")
 2007 Enchanted (lyrics: "Part of Your World", "Beauty and the Beast")
 2007 Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Egyptian Exhibition Expo 2007 (2007) ... (writer: "Something There" - uncredited)
 2007 Patinando por un sueño (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 9 August 2007 (2007) ... (writer: "Beauty and the Beast")
 2007 Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (Video Game) (lyrics: "Under The Sea")
 2006 Ugly Betty (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Fey's Sleigh Ride (2006) ... (writer: "Beauty and the Beast" - uncredited)
 2005 Kingdom Hearts II (Video Game) (lyrics: "Under The Sea", "Part Of Your World", "Beauty And The Beast")
 2005 Disneymania 3 in Concert (Video documentary) (writer: "Under the Sea", "Kiss the Girl", "Part of Your World")
 2005 Disneymania in Concert (Video documentary) (writer: "Proud of Your Boy")
 2004 Canadian Idol (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Group 4 Performances (2004) ... (writer: "Beauty and the Beast")
 2003 Mickey's PhilharMagic (Short) (lyrics: "Be Our Guest", "Part of Your World")
 2003 Star Search (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The One with Sister Act I and II Star Kathy Najimy (2003) ... (writer: "Part of Your World")
 2002 Kingdom Hearts (Video Game) (music: "Under the Sea")
 2002 Operación triunfo (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Gala Disney (2002) ... (writer: "La bella y la bestia (Beauty and the Beast)", "Parte de tu mundo (Part of Your World)", "Bajo el mar (Under the Sea)")
 2000 The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea (Video) ("Part of Your World") / (lyrics: "Part of Your World")
 1998 Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Suddenly, Seymour", "Somewhere That's Green")
 1997 The Generation Game (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #18.7 (1997) ... (lyrics: "Beauty and the Beast" - uncredited)
 1997 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zero to Hero (Video short) (lyrics: "Be Our Guest", "Under The Sea", "Prince Ali", "Part Of Your World")
 1997 The 51st Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Be Our Guest")
 1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves (Video) (lyrics: "Arabian Nights Reprise")
 1995 Mickey's Fun Songs: Beach Party at Walt Disney World (Video short) (music: "Part of Your World")
 1995 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Two Dozen and One Greyhounds (1995) ... (writer: "See My Vest")
 1994 Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Video Game) (lyrics: "Beauty And The Beast", "Be Our Guest", "The Mob Song")
 1994 The 48th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (lyrics: "Be Our Guest", "Beauty and the Beast")
 1994 The Return of Jafar (Video) (lyrics: "Arabian Nights" (1992))
 1993/II Aladdin (Video Game) (writer: "Friend Like Me" - uncredited)
 1993/I Aladdin (Video Game) (writer: "Arabian Nights", "Friend Like Me", "Prince Ali" - uncredited)
 1993 Memory (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Plantes d'interior")
 1993 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Friend Like Me (Video short) (lyrics: "Friend Like Me", "Something There", "Friend Like Me (Reprise)" (uncredited)) / (producer: "Something There")
 1993 The 65th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Friend Like Me")
 1992 Aladdin (lyrics: "Arabian Nights", "Friend Like Me", "Prince Ali")
 1992 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Be Our Guest (Video short) (lyrics: "Be Our Guest", "Beauty and the Beast")
 1992 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #29.20 (1992) ... (writer: "Beauty and the Beast")
 1992 The 64th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (lyrics: "Belle", "Be Our Guest", "Beauty and the Beast")
 1991 Beauty and the Beast (lyrics: "Belle" (uncredited), "Belle (Reprise)" (uncredited), "Be Our Guest" (uncredited), "Gaston" (uncredited), "Gaston (Reprise)" (uncredited), "Something There" (uncredited), "Beauty and the Beast" (uncredited), "The Mob Song" (uncredited), "Beauty and the Beast (End Title Duet)", "Human Again") / (producer: "Belle", "Belle (Reprise)", "Be Our Guest", "Gaston", "Gaston (Reprise)", "Something There", "Beauty and the Beast", "The Mob Song" - uncredited)
 1990 An Evening with Friends of the Environment (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Friends", "Fire Down Below", "I'm No Angel")
 1990 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Under the Sea (Video short) (lyrics: "Under The Sea", "Kiss The Girl")
 1990 Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Wonderful Ways to Say No")
 1990 The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Kiss the Girl", "Under the Sea")
 1989 The Little Mermaid (lyrics: "Fathoms Below" (1989), "Daughters of Triton" (1989), "Part of Your World" (1989), "Under the Sea" (1989), "Part of Your World (Reprise)" (1989), "Poor Unfortunate Souls" (1989), "Les Poissons" (1989), "Kiss the Girl" (1989), "Happy Ending" (1989), "Vanessa's Song" (1989) - uncredited)
 1988 Oliver & Company (lyrics: "Once Upon a Time in New York City")
 1987 Emu's Wide World (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.6 (1987) ... (writer: "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" - uncredited)
 1987 The 59th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space")
 1987 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #26.27 (1987) ... (lyrics: "Suddenly, Seymour")
 1986 Little Shop of Horrors (writer: "Prologue (Little Shop of Horrors)", "Skid Row (Downtown)", "Da-Doo", "Grow For Me", "Somewhere That's Green", "Some Fun Now", "Dentist!", "Feed Me (Git It)", "Suddenly, Seymour", "Suppertime", "The Meek Shall Inherit", "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space", "Don't Feed The Plants")
 1983 Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 1983 (1983) ... (writer: "Suddenly, Seymour")
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Alan Menken and his musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," was performed in a Menier Chocolate Factory production at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, England with Sheridan Smith, Paul Keating, Mike McShane, Barry James, and Alistair McGowan in the cast. Matthew White was director. See more »

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Howard Ashmen

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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.


He was awarded the 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for "Beauty and the Beast", performed at the Dominion Theatre, as the Best New Musical of the 1997 season. See more »


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