Howard Ashman: Part of His World

Composer Marvin Hamlisch, right, is shown at the piano with lyricist Howard Ashman in New York City on Sept. 9, 1986. Hamlisch wrote the music for the new Broadway show “Smiles,” and Ashman wrote the book, lyrics and directed the show. (AP Photo/Nancy Kaye)*

“To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful. Howard Ashman 1950–1991.”