Alan Menken

Composer, Music producer, Song arranger
One of the most prolific and talented musicians in film and theater, composer Alan Menken co-wrote the captivating songs for a string of blockbuster Disney animated films, including "The Little Mermaid" (1989), "Beauty ... Read more »
Born: 07/21/1949 in New Rochelle, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (51)

Mirror Mirror 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Tangled 2010 (Movie)

Original Songs Producer (Original Score)

Tangled 2010 (Movie)

Original Songs (Song)

Enchanted 2007 (Movie)

Songs (Song)

Enchanted 2007 (Movie)

"True love's kiss" (Music Producer)

Enchanted 2007 (Movie)

Score (Music)

The Shaggy Dog 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Original Score Composer (Original Score)

Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Songs Producer (Music Producer)

Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Songs Arranger (Music Arranger)

Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

(Original Songs) (Music)

Noel 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Cincinnati Pops Holiday: Love Is in the Air 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Music

53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Song

Hercules 1997 (Movie)

songs and score producer (Song)

Hercules 1997 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Hercules 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Aladdin and the King of Thieves 1996 (Movie)

("Arabian Nights Reprise") (Music)

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Music

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 (Movie)

songs(music) (Song)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

song producer (Song)

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Pocahontas 1995 (Movie)

score producer (Music Producer)

Marsupilami 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Theme Music

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

("Cold Enough to Snow" "Life With Mikey Theme") (Music)

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Music

Aladdin 1992 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Aladdin 1992 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Newsies 1992 (Movie)

original songs (Song)

Beauty and the Beast 1991 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Beauty and the Beast 1991 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Rocky V 1990 (Movie)

("The Measure of a Man") (Song)

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

The Little Mermaid 1989 (Movie)

songs arranger (Song)

The Little Mermaid 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Music

Little Shop of Horrors 1986 (Movie)

from musical play("Little Shop of Horrors") (Music)

The Line 1979 (Movie)

("Home Again America" "The Wind Knows Better Than I") (Song Performer)

The Line 1979 (Movie)

(Song)

Polly (TV Show)

Song

The Pixar Story (TV Show)

Song
Actor (8)

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Popular Song: Soundtrack of the Century 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Movie Surfers: Go Inside Disney's "Hercules" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Soundtrack Story 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Galavant 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

One of the most prolific and talented musicians in film and theater, composer Alan Menken co-wrote the captivating songs for a string of blockbuster Disney animated films, including "The Little Mermaid" (1989), "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) and "Aladdin" (1992), among many others. Menken had a hand in restoring life to two entertainment institutions that had long fallen out of favor with contemporary audiences, simply by merging Broadway show tune sensibilities with the magic of animation. Starting in theater with their surprise 1982 musical smash "Little Shop of Horrors," Menken and early collaborator Howard Ashman were called upon by Walt Disney Studios to help turn their ailing animation department around. Heavily influencing story and tone as well as music, Menken and Ashman were an unstoppable force, with musical numbers like "Under the Sea," "Be Our Guest" and "Beauty and The Beast," winning Academy Awards as well as the hearts of a generation of young movieg rs, enchanted with tales of undersea love, misunderstood beasts and flying carpets. After Ashman's tragic death, Menken worked with lyricist Tim Rice for Disney's "Pocahontas" (1995) and "Hercules" (1997), among others, and mounted several stage productions based on animated hits as well. Along the way, he set Oscar records with eight wins, taking the stage more than any composer since Alfred Newman. With "Enchanted," (2007) a modern-day fairy tale combining animation and live action, it was a return to form for Menken and songwriter Steven Schwartz, earning nominations for three original songs which evoked the magic and wonder of his now classic Disney musical numbers from nearly two decades before.

Relationships

Janis Menken

Wife
Met Menken while working at the Hebrew Arts Center where he was an accompanist married in 1972

Norman Menken

Father

Judith Menken

Mother

Anna Menken

Daughter
Born c. 1985 mother, Janis Menken

Nora Menken

Daughter
Born c. 1988 mother, Janis Menken

Faye Menken

Sister
Appeared on Broadway as one of the daughters during the original run of "Fiddler on the Roof"

EDUCATION

BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop

New York , New York

New York University

New York , New York

Milestones

2011

Teamed with Glenn Slater to compose the music for Broadway's "Sister Act"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Original Score

2008

Composed and wrote the music for the Broadway musical version of "The Little Mermaid"; earned a Tony award nomination for Best Original Score

2007

Composed all the music for the live-action/animated film, "Enchanted"; earned a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for the song, "That's How You Know"; also received two additional Oscar nominations for the songs "Happy Working Song" and "So Close"

2004

Composed the music for the animated feature, "Home on the Range"

2002

Worked with Gelbart on a musical adaptation of "Lysistrata" for the American Repertory Theatre; version not produced as ART artistic director deemed it "ferociously obscene"

1998

Signed 10-year contract with Disney to provide songs for animated and live-action films

1997

With David Zippel, wrote the songs for Disney's animated "Hercules"

1995

Composed the score and music for the songs (Stephen Schwartz provided the lyrics) for Disney's animated hit "Pocahontas"

1994

Composed the music for the hit NYC musical production of "A Christmas Carol" at Madison Square Garden's Paramount Theater

1992

Composed music for "Weird Romance" (with David Spencer lyrics) produced off-Broadway

1992

Filed breach of contract suit against Concorde-New Horizons over the musical rights to "Little Shop of Horrors" after Concorde granted an option for an animated TV series (using the music) to Saban International

1992

Wrote eight songs (in collaboration with lyricist Jack Feldman) and the score for Disney's live-action musical, "Newsies"

1991

After Ashman died during the project, began collaborating with lyricist Tim Rice on the Disney feature, "Aladdin"

1991

Wrote (with Ashman), produced and arranged songs for another well-received Disney feature, "Beauty and the Beast"

1990

Contributed the song, "The Measure of a Man" to "Rocky V"; performed by Elton John

1989

First work for Disney (with Ashman), produced and arranged songs for the popular Disney animated feature, "The Little Mermaid"

1987

Composed the music for a musical production of "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" (lyrics by David Spencer) produced in Philadelphia

1986

Adapted the song score for "Little Shop of Horrors" for the feature film version

1982

Wrote the song score (in collaboration with lyricist Ashman) for the Off-Broadway musical comedy, "Little Shop of Horrors"

1980

Contributed two songs (which he also performed) to the feature film, "The Line"

1980

Considered leaving show business after a series of flops

1978

Chosen by playwright and lyricist Howard Ashman to write the music for the WPA (and later off-Broadway) musical, "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater"

Studied piano and violin during high school

Composed the punk rock musical "Atina, Evil Queen of the Galaxy" a star vehicle for drag performer Divine

After graduating from NYU, performed in Manhattan clubs, sometimes playing his own compositions

Collaborated with Zippel and book writer Larry Gelbart on stage musical biography of director Busby Berkeley

Had an active career writing and singing commercial jingles

Wrote music for Michael Bennett's workshop production of the New Wave rock musical, "Battle of the Giants" and provided music and lyrics for the Manhattan Theater Club's production of "Real Life Funnies"

Grew up in New Rochelle, New York

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