Alan Menken

Alan Menken

 

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Alan Irwin Menken[1] (born July 22, 1949) is an American musical theatre and film score composer and pianist. 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 Howard Ashman, 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 nine Oscars. He has also won eleven Grammy Awards, a Tony Award and other honors.

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Beauty and the Beast
 
Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton.
Sister Act
 
Sister Act is a musical based on the hit 1992 film of the same name, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.
Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular
Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular
The Little Mermaid
 
The Little Mermaid is a stage musical produced by Disney Theatrical, based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love.

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Popular Albums11

Album Appearances & References83

Popular Songs3

Song Appearances & References7

Minor Film Appearances & References29

TV Shows6

Musicals8

Minor Musical Appearances & References2

Plays2

Minor Play Appearances & References1

Book References & Influences9

Collaborators & Influencers34

Other Music-Related Relationships5

Other Film-Related Relationships1

Personal & Professional Relationships4

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships2

Awards & Nominations20

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Spotify - Albums & Singles127

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2018 spring theater preview
  –  February 28, 2018
Spoofing that very same time period, "Little Shop of Horrors" is next, running March 21-April 21. With music by composer Alan Menken, who wrote the likes of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Sister Act," you'll be bopping right along. From April 24-May 26 ...
Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ musical gears up for its launch with an ‘Indian touch’
  –  February 28, 2018
The stage at Sofitel Hotel in Mumbai was lit up with colourful lights as two performers beautifully recreated American composer Alan Menken’s A Whole New World ... because of the country’s fondness for music. “India is a very musical country ...
Wishes can come true: Behind the scenes of Aladdin
  –  February 16, 2018
For now, he's happy to feel its weight in his hands as its owner, composer Alan Menken, gingerly removes it from its display ... "There is a very niche category I fit into in music theatre and those (big) roles don't come along very often.
2018 spring theater preview
  –  February 28, 2018
Spoofing that very same time period, "Little Shop of Horrors" is next, running March 21-April 21. With music by composer Alan Menken, who wrote the likes of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Sister Act," you'll be bopping right along. From April 24-May 26 ...
Cedar Crest College Hosts Production of Sister Act
  –  February 28, 2018
Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken, this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the ...
Disney India’s Broadway-style musical based on Aladdin to premiere in April
  –  February 28, 2018
Registrations open tomorrow #DisneyAladdin @PayPalIN @DisneyIndia pic.twitter.com/6ftNUCVCrU Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight time Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by two-time Oscar ...
Disney brings Aladdin on ground
  –  February 28, 2018
Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty ...
Disney’s Aladdin – The Spectacular Broadway-Style Musical To Light Up The Indian Stage With BookMyShow
  –  February 28, 2018
Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty ...
Playhouse Square announces 2018-19 KeyBank Broadway Series shows
  –  February 28, 2018
Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin), A Bronx Tale is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct ...
Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ musical gears up for its launch with an ‘Indian touch’
  –  February 28, 2018
The stage at Sofitel Hotel in Mumbai was lit up with colourful lights as two performers beautifully recreated American composer Alan Menken’s A Whole New World at a press event on Tuesday. After the successful staging of the Beauty and the Beast musical ...
Everything you need to know about this year’s Oscars
  –  February 28, 2018
What’s more, Hepburn, along with Tom Hanks, Alan Menken, Jason Robards, Andre Previn, Henry Mancini, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, John Ford, Spencer Tracy and Luise Rainer have all received back-to-back Oscar wins. Last year, an infamous envelope mix-up led to ...
After 'Beauty and the Beast', Disney brings 'Aladdin' to Indian theatre
  –  February 27, 2018
The cast was recruited after multiple auditions across cities in India. The musical will have music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner ...
Everything to know about the Oscars
  –  February 27, 2018
What's more, Hepburn, along with Tom Hanks, Alan Menken, Jason Robards, Andre Previn, Henry Mancini, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, John Ford, Spencer Tracy and Luise Rainer have all received back-to-back Oscar wins. Last year, an infamous envelope mix-up led to ...
40 amazing things happening in L.A. this March 2018
  –  February 27, 2018
Buy a ticket, rub it and your wish to see the Disney musical will be granted. With music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, Aladdin’s Broadway stars bring the animated film to life onstage. The world’s most famous ...
The New York Pops Announces Additional Honorees at 35th Birthday Gala
  –  February 27, 2018
The New York Pops, led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, is pleased to announce that in addition to its Music Honoree Alan Menken, it will pay tribute to Corporate Honoree American Airlines, and Foundation Honoree Hillary and Bill Weldon of ...
Disney's Broadway-style musical to be back in India in April
  –  February 26, 2018
Originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight time Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman and three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. In 2015 ...
Steve Wynn’s creative genius ‘not diminished,’ says show director
  –  February 24, 2018
As has been chronicled previously in this space, Wynn dismissed multiple Academy Award-winner Alan Menken’s under-development music score deep into the revamp process. That decision shifted the musical responsibility back to Jutras, who conceived the ...
Orange Resident Has Lead Role In 'Little Shop Of Horrors'
  –  February 24, 2018
Written by Howard Ashman and composed by Alan Menken, the play was one of the longest-running, off-Broadway shows and has since been produced worldwide. "This show illuminates the talents of our students and takes advantage of all the theatrical ...
Theater: Lehigh Valley colleges are staging serious, fun shows
  –  February 22, 2018
Featuring original music by Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken (“Newsies,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Shop of Horrors”), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show follows disco diva ...
Sound Listings: What to hear
  –  February 21, 2018
WAGON WHEEL SALOON — 340 E. Main St., Santaquin. (801) 754-1304. ”A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF ALAN MENKEN” --Oscar- and Tony Award-winner Alan Menken will come to the de Jong Concert Hall at Brigham Young University March 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. to share the songs ...
Arielle Jacobs Takes Her First Bows in Aladdin
  –  February 21, 2018
Based on the 1992 Disney animated film, Aladdin opened on Broadway on March 20, 2014. With a score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice and with songs such as "Friend Like Me" and the Academy Award-winning "A Whole New World," the show features a ...
'Beauty and the Beast' lends its enchantment to Cutting Edge Theater (Feb. 23-Mar 25)
  –  February 21, 2018
Music is by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book is by Linda Woolverton. The show is adapted from the 1991 Walt Disney animated feature based on the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumon. Direction is by Brian ...
'Little Shop of Horrors' gets to the heart of horrors of human society ... in a fun way
  –  February 21, 2018
Audiences needn't worry, though; the giant-sized Venus fly trap-like plant that devours everything in its path is all part of the fun of “Little Shop of Horrors,” Stage Right's Feb. 23-25 production of the Howard Ashman-Alan Menken off-Broadway musical ...
Keep your eyes peeled in the ‘’Little Shop of Horrors’’ at Videology Bar & Cinema
  –  February 17, 2018
The movie takes its plot from a Broadway musical comedy of the same name composed by the American musical theatre, film score composer and pianist Alan Menken. The movie opens with a premonition provided by a Greek chorus that attracts the audience’s ...
STAGE REVIEW: ‘Sister Act’ a challenging production for Opera House Players
  –  February 16, 2018
There was a time a musical written by Alan Menken was almost untouchable. His work with the late lyricist Howard Ashman spurred a renaissance of now classic Disney films like “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Aladdin.”
Oklahoma premiere of 'Hamilton' coming to Oklahoma City in summer 2019; OKC Broadway announces 2018-19 season
  –  February 15, 2018
It features music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater, the team behind the musicals “The Little Mermaid,” “Sister Act” and “Leap of Faith,” along the with Disney animated movie “Tangled.” Also continuing on Broadway, the four-time ...
New Interactive Live Stage Show Of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" Produced By SOUND STAGE LIVE! To Run From March 15-18
  –  February 15, 2018
With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and ...
Little Shop of Horrors
  –  February 15, 2018
As you most likely already know, Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin brought Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s 1982 broadway musical about a man-eating plant to life in Frank Oz’s 1986 film adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors. What you may not ...
‘Beauty and the Beast’ waltzes in
  –  February 15, 2018
The musical score written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice, stays in your head and heart long after you walk out of the theater. Of course, the enchanting theme song is one such tune, but the fun ...

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