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Alan honored with SCL Lifetime Achievement Award

The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) honored Alan with the SCL’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

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Watch THE LITTLE MERMAID Live! on ABC tonight

Live musical performances by a star-studded cast is interwoven into the broadcast of the animated classic.

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Whoopi Goldberg to star in SISTER ACT stage musical

Returning to the role of Deloris Van Cartier for the 2020 London production next spring.

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Second Nation Tour of A BRONX TALE launches

The 2019–2020 North American tour of the Broadway musical A Bronx Tale launches today, featuring American Idol winner Nick Fradiani

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS opens off-Broadway

Jonathan Groff and Tammy Blanchard star in the Michael Mayer-helmed production at the Westside Theatre.

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HERCULES is Critic's Pick

The Public Works/Public Theatre's production of the new stage version of Hercules receives glowing reviews.

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ALADDIN opens worldwide

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Howard
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Film Documentary - 2018

Synopsis
The untold story of Howard Ashman, the brilliant lyricist behind Disney classics like ALADDIN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LITTLE MERMAID and creator of musicals including LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, whose unparalleled career and vibrant life were cut short by the AIDS epidemic at only 39 years old.

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 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.

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