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Encyclopedia > Alan Menken
Alan Menken

Background information
Born July 22, 1949 (1949-07-22) (age 57)
New Rochelle, New York, USA
Occupation(s) Composer, pianist

Alan Menken (born July 22, 1949) is an American Broadway and Academy Award winning film score composer. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... July 22 is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... New Rochelle City Hall New Roc City New Rochelle (French: Nouvelle-Rochelle) is a city in the southeast portion of the U.S. state of New York in Westchester County, 16 miles (26 km) from Grand Central Terminal in New York City and 2 miles north of the border with... NY redirects here. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Pianist Claudio Arrau, Carnegie Hall, 1954. ... July 22 is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... A film score is a set of musical compositions written to accompany a film. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ...


Menken has collaborated with several renowned lyricists including Howard Ashman (1950-1991), Tim Rice and Stephen Schwartz. He is best known for his work on several Disney animated features, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, Pocahontas, Aladdin, and Home on the Range. His first successful work was the 1982 off-Broadway musical Little Shop of Horrors. Menken has received eight Academy Awards, and has one of the the highest film to Oscar ratio of anyone in the industry. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Howard Ashman (b. ... Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice (born 10 November 1944) is an English lyricist for musical theatre, a radio presenter, television gameshow panelist and an author. ... Stephen Schwartz Stephen Schwartz (born March 6, 1948) is an American musical theater lyricist and composer. ... Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) is the animation studio that makes up a key element of The Walt Disney Company. ... The Hunchback of Notre Dame (also known as The Bells of Notre Dame in some countries) is a 1996 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released to theaters on June 21, 1996 by Walt Disney Pictures. ... The Little Mermaid is a 1989 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and first released on November 15, 1989 by Walt Disney Pictures. ... Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated film, the thirtieth animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. ... Hercules is a 1997 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 14, 1997. ... Pocahontas is the thirty-third animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... This article is about the Disney film. ... Home on the Range is a 2004 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on April 2, 2004. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... 1982 Cast Album of the original off-Broadway production of ORIGINAL OFF-BROADWAY CAST: Seymour Krelborn - Lee WIlkoff Audrey - Ellen Greene Mr. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...

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Works

1982 Cast Album of the original off-Broadway production of ORIGINAL OFF-BROADWAY CAST: Seymour Krelborn - Lee WIlkoff Audrey - Ellen Greene Mr. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 screen adaptation of the off-Broadway stage musical of the same name. ... The Little Mermaid is a 1989 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and first released on November 15, 1989 by Walt Disney Pictures. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Rocky V is the fifth film in the Rocky film saga. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The characters around Michael Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue is an animated drug prevention television special starring many of the popular cartoon characters from American Saturday morning television, among them Winnie-the-Pooh, Bugs Bunny, ALF, the Muppet Babies, and several others. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated film, the thirtieth animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Premiering on April 18, 1994, Beauty and the Beast is currently one of Broadways longest running productions, devised and produced by Disney Theatrical, a fully owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. ... Newsies is a 1992 Disney live action film musical starring Christian Bale, David Moscow, and Bill Pullman. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... This article is about the Disney film. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... A Christmas Carol, also known as A Christmas Carol: The Musical, is a 2004 television movie adaptation of a 1994 stage musical of the same name, with songs written by Alan Menken (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). ... A Christmas Carol, also known as A Christmas Carol: The Musical, is a 2004 television movie adaptation of a 1994 stage musical of the same name, with songs written by Alan Menken (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). ... Pocahontas is the thirty-third animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... The Hunchback of Notre Dame (also known as The Bells of Notre Dame in some countries) is a 1996 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released to theaters on June 21, 1996 by Walt Disney Pictures. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Hercules is a 1997 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 14, 1997. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The musical King David was performed at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City between May 15, 1997 and May 23, 1997. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Home on the Range is a 2004 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on April 2, 2004. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Shaggy Dog is a very loose remake of the 1959 film, The Shaggy Dog, in which a human unwillingly turns into a dog at random intervals. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

Upcoming Projects

  • Enchanted, 2007 film, directed by Kevin Lima, lyricist Stephen Schwartz.
  • "Sister Act" (based on the hit Touchstone Pictures' film) premiering this October at the Pasadena Playhouse & the Alliance Theatre.
  • "The Snow Queen" set to debut at Tokyo DisneySea with Amon Miyamoto directing and John Weidman as the bookwriter and Glen Slater the lyricist.
  • Sinbad's Storybook Voyage, overlay of Sinbad's Seven Voyages at Tokyo Disney Sea featuring an original song, "Compass of your Heart"
  • "The Little Mermaid" Broadway stage version.
  • Leap of Faith Broadway musical (release date unknown)

Enchanted is a Disney film currently in production. ... Sister Act is a stage musical adaptation of the 1992 movie under the same name. ... Touchstone Pictures (also known as Touchstone Films in its early years) is one of several alternate film labels of The Walt Disney Company, established in 1984. ... Cover of a modern Danish edtion of The Snow Queen (Sneedronningen) Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Snow Queen The Snow Queen (Danish: Sneedronningen) is a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen and first published in 1845. ... The Little Mermaid is a Disney Theatrical stage musical based upon the popular animated Disney film The Little Mermaid which in turn is based on the story of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Academy Award Nominations and Wins

  • 1986
  • 1989
    • Won, Original Score - The Little Mermaid
    • Won, Original Song (with Ashman) - "Under the Sea", from The Little Mermaid
    • Nominated, Original Song (with Ashman) - "Kiss the Girl", from The Little Mermaid
  • 1991
    • Won, Original Score - Beauty and the Beast
    • Won, Original Song (with Ashman) - "Beauty and the Beast", from Beauty and the Beast
    • Nominated, Original Song (with Ashman) - "Belle", from Beauty and the Beast
    • Nominated, Original Song (with Ashman) - "Be Our Guest", from Beauty and the Beast
  • 1992
    • Won, Original Score - Aladdin
    • Won, Original Song (with Tim Rice) - "A Whole New World", from Aladdin
    • Nominated, Original Song (with Ashman) - "Friend Like Me", from Aladdin
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997

Howard Ashman (b. ... Little Shop of Horrors is a 1986 screen adaptation of the off-Broadway stage musical of the same name. ... The Little Mermaid is a 1989 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and first released on November 15, 1989 by Walt Disney Pictures. ... Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated film, the thirtieth animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. ... This article is about the Disney film. ... Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice (born 10 November 1944) is an English lyricist for musical theatre, a radio presenter, television gameshow panelist and an author. ... Music sample: A Whole New World (1992) ( file info) — 19 second sample of the Aladdin and Jasmine version of A Whole New World. Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Alternate meaning: Sing-Along Songs: Colors of the Wind Colors of the Wind by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz was the 1995 Oscar-winner for Best Original Song from the Disney animated feature film Pocahontas. ... Stephen Schwartz Stephen Schwartz (born March 6, 1948) is an American musical theater lyricist and composer. ... Pocahontas is the thirty-third animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The Hunchback of Notre Dame (also known as The Bells of Notre Dame in some countries) is a 1996 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released to theaters on June 21, 1996 by Walt Disney Pictures. ... David Zippel is an American Tony Award-winning Musical theatre lyricist. ... Hercules is a 1997 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 14, 1997. ...

External links

  • Alan Menken at the Internet Movie Database
  • SoundtrackNet entry for Alan Menken
  • The Whole New World of Alan Menken

  Results from FactBites:
 
Walt Disney Records: Bio of Alan Menken (778 words)
lan Menken is one of the most admired and prolific musical talents working today, and he has further enhanced that reputation with his inspired songs and score for The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Menken grew up in New Rochelle, New York, and developed an interest in music at an early age.
Menken and his wife, Janis, a former professional ballet dancer, reside in upstate New York with their two young children.
Alan Menken Summary (2349 words)
Alan Menken was born on July 22, 1949 in New Rochelle, New York.
Menken's father was the inspiration for Steve Martin's character in the film: a sadistic biker-dentist with a nitrous oxide habit.
Alan Menken expanded his score for Beauty and the Beast when the Disney-animated film was adapted into the lavish Broadway musical.
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