Don Hahn | 2018 | 90 min | USA


Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Music, Art & Fashion
Films with Q&A
LGBT Interest
Release Year:2018
Running Time:90 minutes
Premiere Status:Long Island Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Howard Ashman
Alan Menken
Jeffrey Katzenberg
Bill Lauch
Sarah Gillespie
Peter Schneider
Director:Don Hahn
Executive Producer:Don Hahn
Jonathan Polenz
Producer:Don Hahn
Lori Korngiebel
Screenwriter:Howard Ashman
Alan Menken
Jeffrey Katzenberg
Bill Lauch
Sarah Gillespie
Peter Schneider
Editing By:Stephen Yao
Extra Search Properties
Date Search:Mon. 11/12
Venue:Soundview - Port Washington
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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.

The Hollywood Reporter raves: “Essential viewing for movie and theater buffs alike; “A loving tribute to the lyricist whose work helped kickstart a new golden era of animated musicals.”

Q&A WITH SPECIAL GUEST: Bill Lauch and Sarah Ashman Gillespie

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