World Premiere


Spotlight Documentary
| USA | 90 MINUTES | English
Though legendary lyricist Howard Ashman died far too young, his impact on Broadway, movies, and the culture at large were incalculable. He and his artistic partner, composer Alan Menken, scored an Off-Broadway sensation with their musical redux of Little Shop of Horrors. And, when Disney snatched up the two in the mid-’80s, they revitalized the struggling Mouse House with hits like The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. When the lyricist and librettist died of AIDS-related complications, at age 40, in 1991, one of his biggest triumphs—Disney’s instant classic Beauty and the Beast—wouldn’t hit theaters for another six months.

Told entirely through rare archival footage and interviews with Ashman’s family, friends, associates, and longtime partner Bill Lauch, Howard is an intimate tribute to a once-in-a-generation talent and a rousing celebration of musical storytelling itself.

—Cara Cusumano

Cast & Credits
Directed by
Don Hahn
Don Hahn is a writer, producer, and director whose credits include classics like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture.
Don Hahn
Don Hahn, Lori Korngiebel
Don Hahn
Stephen Yao
Alan Menken
Executive Producer
Don Hahn, Jonathan Polenz
Howard Ashman, Alan Menken, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bill Lauch, Sarah Gillespie, Peter Schneider

Print Source
Lori Korngiebel
Stone Circle Pictures
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: 626 744 9956
US Sales Contact
Kevin Iwashina
Endeavor Contact
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310 246 3119
International Sales Agent
Kevin Iwashina
Endeavor Contact
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310 246 3119
Press Contact
Jeff McBride
Frank PR
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 646 861 0843


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