3 May 1950, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 14 March 1991, Los Angeles, California, USA. A lyricist, librettist, playwright and director. After studying at Boston University and Indiana University, where he gained a masters degree in 1974, Ashman moved to New York and worked for publishers Grosset & Dunlap, while starting to write plays. One of his earliest works, Dreamstuff, a musical version of The Tempest, was staged at the WPA Theatre, New York, where Ashman served as artistic director from 1977-82. In 1979, the WPA presented a musical version of Kurt Vonneguts God Bless You, Mr Rosewater, written by Ashman in collaboration with composer Alan Menken (b. 22 July 1949, New Rochelle, New York, USA), which became a cult hit. In 1982, again at the WPA, they had even bigger success with Little Shop Of Horrors, an amusing musical about Audrey II, a man-eating plant. The show became the highest-grossing and third longest-running musical in off-Broadway...