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


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 2023 The Little Mermaid (songs: lyrics by) (post-production)
 2022 NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
 2021 Disney Music Parade (Video Game)
 2019 The Little Mermaid Live! (TV Movie) (lyricist)
 2019 Will Smith: Friend Like Me (Music 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 The Little Mermaid II (Video Game) (performer)
 1998 Peter Andre: Kiss the Girl (Music Video)
 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 (songs: lyrics by)
 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 (songs: lyrics by) / (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) / (lyrics by)
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Show Show Soundtrack (108 credits)
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Show Show Thanks (7 credits)
Show Show Self (5 credits)
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Other Works:

(2015-2016 season) Alan Menken and his musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," was performed at the American Blues Theater in Chicago, Illinois. Austin Cook was music director. Sarah E. Ross was puppet designer. 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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