'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Stage adaptations of beloved movies and literary classics are trending on Broadway this season, with productions of "Rocky," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Of Mice and Men," "Aladdin" and "A Raisin in the Sun" included in the stellar lineup of shows.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Aladdin' to begin Broadway previews Feb. 26

'Aladdin' to begin Broadway previews Feb. 26

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- "Aladdin the Musical" is to begin preview performances on Broadway next month, producers announced.
Stage musical 'Aladdin' headed to Broadway in 2014

Stage musical 'Aladdin' headed to Broadway in 2014

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A new stage musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated film "Aladdin" is to open on Broadway next year, Disney Theatrical Productions said Tuesday.
Disney to close 'Mermaid' in August

Disney to close 'Mermaid' in August

NEW YORK, July 6 (UPI) -- Producers of "The Little Mermaid" have announced the stage musical will close on Broadway next month and go on a national tour in the fall of 2010.

Broadway bids farewell to Belle and Beast

NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- "Beauty and the Beast," the first of several Broadway musicals based on Walt Disney Co. properties, ends its 13-year run Sunday.

'Aladdin' in two-disc special edition

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Disney's animated film "Aladdin," featuring a new song sung by Clay Aiken, is being released as a two-disc special edition DVD, Oct. 5.

'Aladdin' comes to DVD for first time

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The animated Disney film "Aladdin" is coming to DVD next month for the first time after it was unavailable for sale in any form for 10 years.

Clay's Aiken's tour sponsored by Buena Vista

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- Buena Vista is sponsoring Clay Aiken's debut 50-U.S. city summer tour in conjunction with its Oct. 5 special-edition release of "Aladdin" on DVD.

Aladdin set for DVD release

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Disney has announced an Oct. 5 DVD launch of its cartoon "Aladdin," which has been off the market entirely for the past 10 years.

Howard Ashman (May 17, 1950 – March 14, 1991) was an American playwright and movie music lyricist. Ashman first studied at Boston University and Goddard College (with a stop at Tufts University's Summer Theater) and then went on to achieve his master's degree from Indiana University in 1974. He collaborated with Alan Menken on several films, notably animated features for Disney, Ashman writing the lyrics and Menken composing the scores.

Ashman was born Howard Elliott Ashman into a Jewish family in Baltimore, Maryland and was the artistic director of the WPA Theater in New York. His play, The Confirmation, was produced in 1979 at Princeton's McCarter Theater and starred Herschel Bernardi. He first worked with Alan Menken on a 1979 musical adapted from Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. They also collaborated on Little Shop of Horrors with Ashman as director, lyricist, and librettist, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.

Ashman was director, lyricist and bookwriter for the 1986 Broadway musical, Smile (music by Marvin Hamlisch). Also in 1986, Ashman wrote the screenplay for the Frank Oz directed film adaptation of his musical, Little Shop of Horrors (film), as well as contributing the lyrics for two new songs, "Some Fun Now" and "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space," the latter of which received an Academy Award nomination. Along with Menken, Ashman was the co-recipient of two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and two Oscars. His second Academy Award in 1992 was awarded posthumously for Best Song and was accepted by his partner, Bill Lauch.

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