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194922|mf=y}}| birth_place = New York City, U.S.Pop music>musical theatre|film score}}Arrangersongwriterrecord producer}}| years_active = 1972–presentWalt Disney}}| website = Official website}}Alan Irwin Menken (born July 22, 1949) is an American music conductor, director, composer, songwriter and record producer. Menken is best known for his scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. His scores for The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and Pocahontas (1995) have each won him two Academy Awards. He also composed the scores for Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Newsies (1992), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Home on the Range (2004), Enchanted (2007), Tangled (2010), and Sausage Party (2016), among others. He is also known for his work on musical theatre works for Broadway and elsewhere. Some of these are based on his Disney films, but other stage hits include Little Shop of Horrors (1982), A Christmas Carol (1994) and Sister Act (2009).Menken has collaborated with such lyricists as Lynn Ahrens, Howard Ashman, Jack Feldman, Tim Rice, Glenn Slater, Stephen Schwartz and David Zippel. With eight Academy Award wins (four each for Best Score and Best Song), Menken is the second most prolific Oscar winner in the music categories after Alfred Newman, who has 9 Oscars. He has also won 11 Grammy Awards, a Tony Award and other honors.

Early life

Alan Irwin Menken was born on July 22, 1949, at French Hospital in New York City, to Judith and Norman Menken. His father was a boogie-woogie piano-playing dentist, and his mother was an actress, dancer and playwright."Timeline. Official Site",, accessed February 19, 2016"Alan Menken Biography (1949–)",, accessed August 27, 2011 His family was Jewish.WEB,weblink He's a Guest: Composer Alan Menken Shares Thoughts at BMI Master Class - Playbill, Playbill, Menken developed an interest in music at an early age, taking piano and violin lessons. He began to compose at an early age."Alan Menken: Year Inducted 2001", Disney Legends,, accessed February 19, 2016 At age 9, at the New York Federation of Music Clubs Junior Composers Contest, his original composition "Bouree" was rated Superior and Excellent by the judges.""Bouree" composition and comments from contest judges", Alanmenken.comHe attended New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York, and graduated in 1967. Menken remembers: "I'd make up my own Bach fugues and Beethoven sonatas because I was bored with the piano and I didn't want to practice; so I'd go off on tangents".Klein, Alvin. "Theater: Composer Finds His Niche in Life", The New York Times, July 27, 1986, accessed February 19, 2016 He then enrolled at New York University."Alan Menken biography", The New York Times, accessed February 19, 2016 He graduated with a degree in Musicology in 1971 from the university's Steinhardt School. Menken recalled: "First, I was pre-med. I thought I'd be a dentist like my dad. Finally, I got a degree in music, but I didn't care about musicology. It wasn't until I joined BMI Workshop ... under Lehman Engel, and walked into a room with other composers that I knew this was it." Menken noted that "Before college, I was writing songs to further my dream of being the next Bob Dylan. A lot of guitar songs – I was composing on piano before that.""10 Questions With Alan and Anna Rose Menken",, May 22, 2013, accessed February 19, 2016 After college, he attended the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.Jones, Kenneth. "He's a Guest: Composer Alan Menken Shares Thoughts at BMI Master Class", Playbill, December 18, 1998


Early career

After graduating, Menken's plan was to become either a rock star or a recording artist. His interest in writing musicals increased when he joined the Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Musical Theatre Workshop and was mentored by Lehman Engel. From 1974 to 1978, he showcased various BMI workshop works, such as Midnight, Apartment House (lyric by Muriel Robinson), Conversations with Pierre, Harry the Rat and Messiah on Mott Street (lyrics by David Zippel).{{citation needed|date=February 2016}} According to Menken, during this period, he "worked as a ballet and modern dance accompanist, a musical director for club acts, a jingle writer, arranger, a songwriter for Sesame Street and a vocal coach. He performed his material at clubs like The Ballroom, Reno Sweeny and Tramps.""Biography, 1972-1980",, accessed February 19, 2016 In 1976, John Wilson reported for The New York Times that members of Engel's BMI Workshop began performing as part of the "Broadway at the Ballroom" series: "The opening workshop program ... featured Maury Yeston and Alan Menken, both playing their piano accompaniment and singing songs they have written for potential musicals."Wilson, John S. "Someday, Maybe on Broadway, But for Now They Are in SoHo", The New York Times, October 13, 1976, p. 33 Wilson reviewed a performance at the Ballroom in 1977 where Menken accompanied a singer: "In the current cabaret world, a piano accompanist is no longer expected to merely play piano for a singer. More and more, pianists can be heard joining in vocally, harmonizing with the singer, creating a background of shouts and exclamations or even doing brief passages of solo singing."Wilson, John S. "Menken and Ellen March Play", The New York Times, November 3, 1977, p. 71Menken contributed material to revues like New York's Back in Town, Big Apple Country, The Present Tense (1977),Dietz, Dan. "Present Tense", Off Broadway Musicals, 1910-2007: Casts, Credits, Songs, Critical Reception, McFarland, 2010, {{ISBN|0786457317}}, p. 362 Real Life Funnies (Off-Broadway, 1981),Rich, Frank. "Revue. Real Life Funnies", The New York Times, February 12, 1981, accessed February 19, 2016 Diamonds (Off-Broadway, 1984), and Personals (Off-Off-Broadway, 1985).Rich, Frank. "Stage. 'Personal' Musical Comedy", The New York Times, November 25, 1985, accessed February 19, 2016 His revue Patch, Patch, Patch ran at the West Bank Cafe in New York City in 1979 and featured Chip Zien. The New York Times reviewer, Mel Gussow, wrote: "The title song ... refers to a life's passage. According to Alan Menken ... after age 30 it is a downhill plunge."Gussow, Mel. "Cabaret: Patch, a Revue With Cheer for Over 30's: Life Passes", The New York Times, August 16, 1979, p. C14Menken wrote several shows that were not produced, including Atina, Evil Queen of the Galaxy (1980), with lyrics by Steve Brown. He also wrote The Thorn with lyrics by Brown, which was commissioned by Divine in 1980. This was a parody of the film The Rose, but they could not raise the money to have it produced.Jay, Bernard. "Briefly Not the Bitch", Not Simply Divine, Simon and Schuster (1994), p. 87, {{ISBN|0671884670}} He collaborated with Howard Ashman in an uncompleted musical called Babe (c. 1981),Jones, Kenneth. ""Howard Sings Ashman" CDs Will Feature Demos From Smile, Babe, Mermaid and More", Playbill, October 10, 2008, accessed February 20, 2016Suskin, Steven. "Alan Menken", Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadways Major Composers, Oxford University Press (2010), pp. 356–359, {{ISBN|019974209X}} with Tom Eyen in Kicks: The Showgirl Musical (1984),Tepper, Jennifer. "Only Ran a Minute! 10 Forgotten Musicals Due For a Revival" {{Webarchive|url= |date=2015-09-04 }}, Playbill, May 2, 2015, accessed February 19, 2016 and with David Rogers in The Dream in Royal Street (c. 1981), which was an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Menken contributed music for the film The Line (1980), directed by Robert J. Siegel."The Line Details", The New York Times, accessed February 20, 2016

Breakthrough years

Menken finally achieved success as a composer when playwright Howard Ashman chose him and Engel to write the music for his musical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. The musical opened in 1979 at the WPA TheaterGussow, Mel. "Stage: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater: In Vonnegut Land", The New York Times, May 21, 1979, p. C14 to excellent reviews and modest box office. It transferred after several months to the Off-Broadway Entermedia Theater, where it ran for an additional six weeks.Corry, John. "Broadway: The Phoenix's place in the city's theatrical life", The New York Times, August 17, 1979, p. C2Jones, Kenneth. "Menken & Ashman's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Gets NYC Concert March 7", Playbill, March 6, 2003, accessed February 18, 2016"God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Listing",, accessed February 18, 2016Vonnegut, Kurt. "Script" Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Samuel French, Inc., 1980, {{ISBN|0573681252}}, pp. 3-4Menken and Ashman wrote their next musical, Little Shop of Horrors, for a cast of only 9 performers, including a puppeteer. This musical is based on the 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors. It opened at WPA Theater in 1982 to warm reviews. It moved to the Orpheum Theatre in the East Village, Manhattan, where it ran for five years. The musical set the box-office record for highest grossing Off-Broadway show of all time. It toured around the world, won theater awards and was adapted as a 1986 musical film starring Rick Moranis that earned Menken and Ashman their first Oscar nomination for the song "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space"."Menken Biography" {{Webarchive|url= |date=2017-01-29 }},, accessed February 22, 2016 For his body of work in musical theatre, he was awarded the BMI Career Achievement Award in 1983.{{citation needed|date=February 2016}}In 1987, Menken and lyricist David Spencer's adaptation, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, based on the 1959 novel of the same name, was produced in Philadelphia. After substantial re-writes, it was produced in 2015 in Montreal. In 1992, the WPA Theatre produced Menken's Weird Romance, also with lyrics by Spencer. Menken's musical based on the Charles Dickens novella A Christmas Carol, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Mike Ockrent, debuted at Madison Square Garden's Paramount Theater in 1994.Richards, David. "Theater Review. A Christmas Carol; A Famous Miser, Tiny Tim and a Tap-Dancing Chorus", The New York Times, December 2, 1994, accessed February 18, 2016 The show proved successful and was an annual New York holiday event."Show History",, accessed February 18, 2016

Disney Renaissance and later films

On the strength of the success of Little Shop of Horrors, Menken and Ashman were hired by Walt Disney Studios to write the music for The Little Mermaid (1989). The challenge was to create an animated musical film of this Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale that could sit alongside the Disney films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella. The Little Mermaid opened to critical and commercial success and signaled a new Disney era called the Disney Renaissance.WEB,weblink 1989 Yearly Box Office for G-Rated Movies, Internet Movie Database, Box Office Mojo, July 29, 2010, The film gave them their first Oscar win: Best Song for the song "Under the Sea". Menken also won the 1989 Oscar for Best Score."Menken Academy Awards" {{webarchive|url= |date=2008-07-23 }},, accessed February 19, 2016Menken and Ashman's Beauty and the Beast garnered them three 1991 Oscar nominations for Best Song, winning for its title song. Menken won another Oscar for Best Score. The two were working on Aladdin at the time of Ashman's death in 1991. Subsequently, Menken collaborated with Tim Rice to finish the songs for the film. The film won an Oscar in 1992 for Best Song: "A Whole New World". Menken also won the Oscar for Best Score. Menken's live action musical film Newsies, with lyrics by Jack Feldman, was released in 1992. Three more animated musical films followed. Menken collaborated with Stephen Schwartz for Pocahontas, for which the two won two Oscars: Best Song and Best Musical or Comedy Score. In 1996, the same musical team created the songs, and Menken, the score, for The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In 1997, Menken reunited with his early collaborator, David Zippel, for his last animated musical film in the series, Hercules.Hercules,, accessed February 19, 2016Menken also wrote the music for the Michael J. Fox vehicle Life with Mikey (1993),Rainer, Peter. "A Fox Steals the Show in Too-Cute Life", Los Angeles Times, June 4, 1993, accessed February 18, 2016 the holiday film Noel (2004)Demonte, Adena. Noel, Film Monthly, December 1, 2004, accessed February 18, 2016 and Mirror Mirror (2012).Phares, Heather. "Alan Menken: Mirror Mirror (Soundtrack)", AllMusic, accessed February 18, 2016 His other film scores for Disney have included Home on the Range (2004), the Tim Allen remake of The Shaggy Dog (2006), Enchanted (2007) and Tangled (2010). In March 2017, Disney released a live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon, with the songs from the 1991 film and new material by Menken and Rice.NEWS, McNary, Dave, Disney’s Live-Action Beauty and the Beast Set for March 17, 2017,weblink January 10, 2016, Variety, March 16, 2015, Menken collaborated with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul on writing new songs for the 2019 live-action version of Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie.WEB,weblink Alan Menken Talks Live-Action Aladdin, Little Mermaid, and Young Lin-Manuel Miranda, 2019-01-07, Make It Better - Family, Food, Finances & Philanthropy, en-US, 2019-03-15, He is also working with Lin-Manuel Miranda on new music for a live-action film adaptation of The Little Mermaid,WEB,weblink VIDEO: Pasek & Paul to Team with Menken on Live-Action ALADDIN; Miranda Confirmed for LITTLE MERMAID, Broadway World, which Miranda is a huge fan of. In fact, Miranda's older son is named Sebastian.WEB,weblink Alan Menken Talks Live-Action Aladdin, Little Mermaid, and Young Lin-Manuel Miranda, 2019-01-07, Make It Better - Family, Food, Finances & Philanthropy, en-US, 2019-03-15, Menken will also once again be working with Stephen Schwartz to write new songs for Disenchanted, the sequel to Enchanted.WEB,weblink Adam Shankman on 'Step Up: High Water' and The Status of the 'Enchanted' Sequel, Christina Radish, Collider (website), Collider, As planned right now, there's more singing and dancing than there was in the first one, and it's all original music, with Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz coming back to do it., March 7, 2018, April 30, 2018, With eight Academy Awards (four each for best score and best song), only composer Alfred Newman (nine wins) and Walt Disney (22 wins) have received more Oscars than Menken. He is tied for third place with late costume designer Edith Head. He currently holds the record for the most wins for a living person.{{citation needed|date=February 2016}} He was named a Disney Legend in 2001.Disney Legends – Alan Menken, Disney Legends,, accessed February 19, 2016

Return to musical theatre

Menken debuted on Broadway with a musical theatre adaptation of Beauty and the Beast that opened in 1994 and ran for 13 years before closing in 2007. In 1997, he collaborated with lyricist Tim Rice on a musical, King David, based on the biblical character, which was performed in a concert version on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Little Shop of Horrors played on Broadway from 2003 to 2004."Alan Menken", Internet Broadway Database, accessed February 17, 2016He next created the stage version of The Little Mermaid, which played on Broadway from 2008 to 2009 and for which he received a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Score. Menken's stage adaptation of Sister Act premiered in London in 2009, and opened on Broadway in 2011. He was nominated for another Tony Award for Best Score."2011 Tony Nominations Announced!", May 3, 2011 Menken received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.Gans, Andrew. "Alan Menken to Be Honored with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame" {{webarchive|url= |date=2010-12-12 }}, Playbill, November 8, 2010 In December 2010, he was a guest on the NPR quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!."Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! for December 18, 2010",, accessed February 18, 2016In 2012, Menken won a Tony Award for Best Score for his musical adaptation of Newsies, which ran until 2014. He also wrote the music for Leap of Faith, which had a brief run on Broadway in 2012. His stage adaptation of Aladdin opened on Broadway in 2014, earning him another Tony nomination for Best Score. In 2013, he was a guest at the annual Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, and was honored with the Junior Theater Festival Award.Hetrick, Adam. "2013 Junior Theater Festival to Feature Newsies Cast, Alan Menken, Thomas Schumacher, Jeff Calhoun and More", Playbill, January 7, 2013 He gave a concert there, including music that was cut from various productions, while talking about his creative process.{{citation needed|date=February 2016}}Menken's stage adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame played at La Jolla Playhouse, California, in 2014.WEB,weblink Patrick Page, Michael Arden, Ciara Renee & More to Lead The Hunchback of Notre Dame at La Jolla Playhouse!, BWW News Desk,, September 4, 2014, WEB,weblink Paper Mill Season Will Feature Can-Can, Hunchback, Ever After, Vanya and Sonia and More,, February 26, 2014, February 18, 2016, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 2, 2014, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz was revived in Montreal in 2015,Viagas, Robert. "Alan Menken-David Spencer Musical Duddy Kravitz Will Get Another Chance in Montreal", Playbill, March 28, 2014"Cast Set for World Premiere of Alan Menken Musical Duddy Kravitz in Montreal",, March 10, 2015 and (A Bronx Tale (play)|A Bronx Tale: The Musical), played at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2016.The Verdict: Critics Review 'Bronx Tale: The Musical'", Playbill, February 17, 2016

Personal life

Menken met the ballet dancer Janis Roswick while working with the Downtown Ballet Company. They have been married since November 1972 and live in North Salem, New York. The couple have two daughters, Anna Menken and Nora Menken."Westchester Fall Arts Preview: Theater", Retrieved 2014-10-02.


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Avildsen| {{no}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Songwriter on "Measure of a Man", co-written with Elton John & Tim Rice| 1991Beauty and the Beast (1991 film)>Beauty and the Beast| Gary TrousdaleKirk Wise| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Songs co-written with Howard Ashman 1992| Newsies| Kenny Ortega| {{no}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}Jack Feldman (songwriter)>Jack Feldman| (Home Alone 2: Lost in New York)Christopher Columbus (filmmaker)>Christopher Columbus| {{no}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Songwriter on "My Christmas Tree", co-written with Jack FeldmanAladdin (1992 Disney film)>Aladdin| Ron ClementsJohn Musker| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Songs co-written with Howard Ashman & Tim Rice| 1993| Life with Mikey| James Lapine| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| {{no}}|| 1995Pocahontas (1995 film)>PocahontasMike GabrielEric Goldberg (film director)>Eric Goldberg| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}Stephen Schwartz (composer)>Stephen Schwartz| 1996The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996 film)>The Hunchback of Notre Dame| Gary TrousdaleKirk Wise| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{yes}}(singing voice)}}| Songs co-written with Stephen Schwartz;Featured as vocalist on deleted songs "In a Place of Miracles" and "As Long as There's a Moon"| 1997Hercules (1997 film)>Hercules| Ron ClementsJohn Musker| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Songs co-written with David Zippel 2004Home on the Range (2004 film)>Home on the Range| Will FinnJohn Sanford| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Songs co-written with Glenn SlaterNoel (film)>Noel| Chazz Palminteri| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}|A Christmas Carol (2004 film)>A Christmas Carol| Arthur Allan Seidelman| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Television film| 2006The Shaggy Dog (2006 film)>The Shaggy Dog| Brian Robbins| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| {{no}}|| 2007Enchanted (2007 film)>Enchanted| Kevin Lima| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Songs co-written with Stephen Schwartz| 2010| Tangled| Byron HowardNathan Greno| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| Songs co-written with Glenn Slater 2011| (Captain America: The First Avenger)| Joe Johnston| {{no}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Songwriter on "Star Spangled Man", co-written with David Zippel| Jock the Hero Dog| Duncan MacNeillie| {{no}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}|| 2012Mirror Mirror (film)>Mirror Mirror| Tarsem Singh| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| 2016| Sausage Party| Greg TiernanConrad Vernon| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Co-composer with Christopher Lennertz;Composer for "The Great Beyond," song co-written with Glenn Slater, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg| Aria for a Cow| Nikitha MannamAmos Sussigan| {{no}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Short film;Co-songwriter with Howard Ashmaweblink| 2017Beauty and the Beast (2017 film)>Beauty and the Beast| Bill Condon| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Original songs co-written with Howard Ashman;New songs co-written with Tim Rice 2018| Ralph Breaks the InternetRich MoorePhil Johnston (filmmaker)>Phil Johnston| {{no}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Composer for "In This Place";Composer for "A Place Called Slaughter Race", song co-written with Phil Johnston & Tom MacDougall| Holmes & Watson| Etan Cohen| {{no}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Composer for "Strange Sensation," song co-written with Glenn Slater| 2019Aladdin (2019 film)>Aladdin| Guy Ritchie| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}Pasek and Paul>Pasek & PaulTBA}}The Little Mermaid (1989 film)#Live-action_adaptation>The Little Mermaid| Rob Marshall| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}}| Original songs co-written with Howard Ashman;New songs co-written with Lin-Manuel MirandaTBA}}Enchanted (film)#Sequel>Disenchanted | Adam Shankman| {{yes}}| {{yes}}| {{no}}| {{no}} Songs co-written with Stephen SchwartzTBA}}The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996 film)#Live-action Remake>The Hunchback of Notre DameHTTPS://DEADLINE.COM/2019/01/HUNCHBACK-MOVIE-DISNEY-LIVE-ACTION-DAVID-HENRY-HWANG-JOSH-GAD-ALAN-MENKEN-STEPHEN-SCHWARTZ-1202536031/>TITLE=DISNEY RINGS ‘HUNCHBACK’ BELL: DAVID HENRY HWANG TO SCRIPT LIVE ACTION MUSICAL, ALAN MENKEN/STEPHEN SCHWARTZ WRITING MUSICLAST=FLEMING JR.DATE=JANUARY 16, 2019, January 16, 2019, TBA}}| {{yes}}| {{yes}}TBA}}TBA}}


  • Sesame Street [the songs "Grouchelot", "What is Friend?", "It's Gonna Get Dirty Again," "Snuffle Friends," "Martian Family (Yip Yip Song)," and "Todos un Pueblo"] 1989–1990
  • Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (supervising composer, the song "Wonderful Ways to Say No") 1990
  • Lincoln 1992
  • The Neighbors - season 1 episode 20 "Sing Like a Larry Bird" [the songs "More or Less The Kind of Thing You May or May Not Possibly See on Broadway", "Giselle", "More or Less The Kind of Thing You May or May Not Possibly See on Broadway" (Reprise)] 2013
  • Galavant (2 seasons complete soundtrack, score by Christopher Lennertz) 2015–2016
  • (Tangled: The Series) 2017WEB,weblink Tangled: Before Ever After Adds More Voice Cast, 8 March 2016,


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Upcoming projects

  • Menken is composing a new musical based on a 1994 film Corrina, Corrina with lyrics by Brian Yorkey and book by Jessie Nelson (writer for the film's screenplay).Hetrick, Adam. "Alan Menken Writing Corinna, Corinna Musical for Audra McDonald", Playbill, December 11, 2014
  • Producer John Hart hopes to revive the Menken and Eyen musical Kicks with a new book by playwright and cabaret artist Salty Brine.NEWS, Reidel, Michael, This forgotten musical is about to make a big comeback,weblink The New York Post, July 19, 2016,
  • Menken has announced that a stage version of Hercules is in the works, but it has not yet entered production.NEWS, Pimentel, Joseph, Alan Menken's life story in musicals to highlight D23 Expo in Anaheim,weblink 4 January 2018, Orange County Register, July 10, 2017, I have a very strong belief like "Newsies," "Hercules" is going to have a moment that will surprise people. Actually, I'm working on a stage version of "Hercules.",
  • Menken is reuniting his Newsies creators Jack Feldman and Harvey Fierstein to develop a new musical called Greetings From Niagara Falls, the reading was held, however, there is no word on future plans for the project at this timeweblink
  • Menken is working on a live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.


Alan Menken has earned eight Academy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, eleven Grammy Awards, one Tony Award, one Drama Desk Award and two Outer Critics Awards. He was awarded as a Disney Legend in 2002 and was the recipient of a Richard Kirk Career Achievement Award in 1998, a Freddie G. Award for Musical Excellence in 2013, and The Oscar Hammerstein Award in 2013, among others. The American Film Institute included the title song from the film Beauty and the Beast, in the AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs. Five other songs from his Disney films were nominated: In 2006, AFI listed its 25 greatest movie musicals, with Beauty and the Beast (1991) ranked 22nd. It is the only animated musical film on the list. Four of his other film musicals were also nominated:WEB,weblink AFI's GREATEST MOVIE MUSICALS, 2018-02-23,



Further reading

  • weblink" title="">Disney Biography of Menken
  • {{webarchive |url= |date=October 19, 2007 |title=Menken, Alan. }} Britannica Book of the Year, 1997. 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved September 6, 2007.
  • Interview with Alan Menken, Posted May 16, 2010.

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