WATCH: Jerry Orbach & Angela Lansbury Record 'Be Our Guest', From Forthcoming Documentary on Howard Ashman
The life of Oscar-winning lyricist Howard Ashman, the creative force behind the hit musical LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and such Disney classics as THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and ALADDIN, is chronicled in film maker Don Hahn's new documentary, HOWARD.
The forthcoming documentary is set to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22. It documents the life of Ashman, who passed away in 1991 at the age of 40. He collaborated with Alan Menken on many works, most notably several animated feature films for Disney, for which Ashman wrote the lyrics and Menken composed the music. Ashman and Menken began their collaboration with the musical God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1979), for which Ashman directed and wrote both book and lyrics.
Their next musical, Little Shop of Horrors (1982) for which Ashman again directed and wrote both book and lyrics, became a long-running success and led to a 1986 feature film. The partnership's first Disney film was The Little Mermaid (1989), followed by BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991). After his death, some of Ashman's songs were included in Disney's 1992 film, Aladdin.
Watch a special clip below from the documentary of the recording session of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The clip features Angela Lansbury and Jerry Orbach recording the now classic Disney hit "Be Our Guest":
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