Howard Ashman Biography

Howard Ashman
Howard Ashman

wrote the lyrics for the Disney animated films The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin (three songs), and he served as producer on The Little Mermaid and Executive Producer on Beauty and the Beast. With composer Alan Menken, he received two Academy Awards® and two Golden Globe® Awards for Best Song ("Beauty and the Beast" and "Under the Sea") and four Grammy Awards®. He received an Academy Award nomination with Menken for "Friend Like Me," from Aladdin. As author, lyricist, and director of the stage musical Little Shop of Horrors, which ran for five years in New York and has been produced worldwide, Ashman received two Outer Critics' Circle Awards, a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, a London Evening Standard Award, and a Drama Desk Award. For his screenplay version of Little Shop of Horrors, he received a nomination from the Screen Writers Guild, and the song "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" was nominated (with Menken) for an Academy Award for Best Song. Ashman was author, lyricist, and director of Smile, for which he received a Tony® nomination for Best Book. His other credits include: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and The Confirmation (his only full- length play). He was Artistic Director of the WPA Theatre from 1976 to 1982. Born on May 17, 1950, in Baltimore, Howard Ashman died of complications due to AIDS on March 14, 1991, in New York City.

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Recent Performances of works by Howard Ashman
Production/Credit WhereOpening Night
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) East Brunswick Community Players 9/14/2018
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Dunellen Skylight Theater Productions 8/18/2017
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Villagers Theatre 2/7/2014
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Paper Mill Playhouse 6/4/2008
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Battery Factory Theater 10/28/2005
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Livingston Theatre Company 10/20/2005
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Allegro Productions 3/4/2005
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Mystic Vision Players 7/25/2003
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Chatham Players 5/2/2003
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Mercer County Community College 10/13/2000
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) 4th Wall Theatre 9/29/2000
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Talent Time Players 7/1/1999
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Main Street Theatre Company 3/4/1999
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Villagers Theatre 9/11/1998
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Phoenix Productions 2/6/1998
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Book & Lyrics) Studio Players 5/1/1997
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