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      Alan Menken

      Alan Menken

      Highest Rated: 95% Aladdin (1992)

      Lowest Rated: 25% Life With Mikey (1993)

      Birthday: Jul 22, 1949

      Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, USA

      American composer Alan Menken was responsible for some of the best known film and stage musicals of the late 20th Century. Born in New York City, he originally set out to become a recording artist. In the mid-'70s, he began gravitating towards musical theater, contributing songs to a number of revues and workshops. His early attempts to write a full musical, though, went unproduced. His luck changed when he began a long partnership with playwright and lyricist Howard Ashman. They worked together on a musical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" that ran Off-Broadway. Their next collaboration, however, earned them a place in musical theater history. Based on a little seen 1960 film, "Little Shop of Horrors" opened in 1982 and went on to become the highest grossing Off-Broadway production of all time. The play was adapted to film in 1986, and Menken and Ashman's original composition "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" earned the duo an Oscar nomination. The pair were hired by Disney as the company was attempting to reinvigorate its animated film division. They wrote the music for "The Little Mermaid" (1989), winning Oscars for Best Original Song ("Under the Sea") and Best Score. That kicked off one of the most successful runs in film history. They partnered again on "Beauty and the Beast" (1991), and added another two Academy Awards. As work began on Disney's next animated offering, "Aladdin" (1992), Ashman died from complications related to AIDS. Famed lyricist Tim Rice stepped in and worked with Menken to complete the music for "Aladdin," and again, the film won Oscars for Best Original Song ("A Whole New World") and Best Score. Menken also worked with Jack Feldman on Disney's live-action musical, "Newsies" (1992). While the film was considered a flop, the property went on to find new life as a successful Broadway show. Menken returned to working with Disney animation, working with Stephen Schwartz on "Pocahontas" (1995) and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996), as well as with David Zippel for "Hercules" (1997). He also contributed the score to a number of other films, including "Life With Mikey" (1993), "Home On the Range" (2004) and "Tangled" (2010). Menken and Schwartz reunited to provide the music for Disney's hit "Enchanted" (2007). He also worked with the studio to adapt both "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin" into Tony-winning Broadway shows. He had additional success adapting the films "Sister Act" and "A Bronx Tale" into Broadway musicals. Menken's Disney partnership continued as well. He worked with the studio on its live-action film adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" (2017), before partnering with the Oscar and Tony-winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul on a live-action version of "Aladdin" (2019). He went on to work with Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda on a similar update of "The Little Mermaid" and re-teamed with Schwartz on the "Enchanted" sequel, "Disenchanted."

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      ALADDIN, ALAN MENKEN, ON SET, 2019. PH: DANIEL SMITH/© WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES ENCHANTED, composer Alan Menken, on set, 2007. ©Buena Vista Pictures HOME ON THE RANGE, Alan Menken, 2004, (c) Walt Disney ENCHANTED, composers Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, on set, 2007. ©Buena Vista Pictures Alan Menken at arrivals for Disney''s TANGLED BEFORE EVER AFTER Screening, The Paley Center for Media, Los Angeles, CA March 4, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      67% 94% The Little Mermaid Original Music $298.2M 2023
      38% 51% Disenchanted Original Music - 2022
      57% 94% Aladdin Original Music $355.6M 2019
      No Score Yet 96% Howard Original Music - 2018
      71% 80% Beauty and the Beast Original Music $504.0M 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast Original Music - 2017
      82% 50% Sausage Party Original Music $97.7M 2016
      No Score Yet 100% Aria for a Cow Original Music - 2015
      49% 44% Mirror Mirror Original Music $64.9M 2012
      89% 87% Tangled Original Music $200.8M 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tangled 3D Original Music $200.8M 2010
      93% 80% Enchanted Original Music $127.7M 2007
      26% 39% The Shaggy Dog Original Music $61.1M 2006
      28% 48% Noel Original Music - 2004
      52% 29% Home on the Range Original Music - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home on the Range Original Music - 2004
      82% 76% Hercules Original Music $99.1M 1997
      71% 70% The Hunchback of Notre Dame Original Music $100.1M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hunchback of Notre Dame Original Music - 1996
      54% 64% Pocahontas Original Music $141.6M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pocahontas Original Music - 1995
      25% 39% Life With Mikey Original Music $12.3M 1993
      39% 88% Newsies Original Music $2.7M 1992
      95% 92% Aladdin Original Music $217.0M 1992
      35% 62% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Original Music $172.7M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aladdin Original Music - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aladdin Original Music - 1992
      93% 92% Beauty and the Beast Original Music $219.0M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast Original Music - 1991
      33% 31% Rocky V Original Concept $40.1M 1990
      91% 88% The Little Mermaid Original Music $109.9M 1989
      91% 79% Little Shop of Horrors Original Music $36.5M 1986

      TV

      Credit
      89% 93% Galavant Executive Producer 2015-2016
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015