Alan Menken

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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), Cornerville (1993) 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), Jeremy Monroe: The Biggest Movie Ever (2003), Home on the Range (2004), Enchanted (2007), Crystal (2008), Tangled (2010), Paradoria (2015), and Sausage Party (2016), among others.

He is also known for his work in musical theatre 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, Marc Shaiman 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 many other honors.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Position Notes Company
1989 The Little Mermaid Composer / songwriter Songs co-written with Howard Ashman Walt Disney Animation Studios
1991 Beauty and the Beast
1992 Aladdin Songs co-written with Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
1993 Cornerville Songs co-written with Tim Rice
1995 Pocahontas Songs co-written with Stephen Schwartz
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 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"
1997 Hercules Songs co-written with David Zippel
2003 Jeremy Monroe: The Biggest Movie Ever Songs co-written with Marc Shaiman 20th Century Animation
2004 Home on the Range Songs co-written with Glenn Slater Walt Disney Animation Studios
2008 Crystal Songs co-written with Marc Shaiman 20th Century Animation
2010 Tangled Composer / songwriter / score producer Songs co-written with Glenn Slater Walt Disney Animation Studios
2011 Crystal: Coming of Darkness Composer / songwriter Songs co-written with Marc Shaiman 20th Century Animation
2015 Crystal: The Lost Realms
Paradoria Songs co-written with Cinco Paul & Marc Shaiman Universal Animation
2019 Crystal: The Rise of Darkness Songs co-written with Marc Shaiman & Glenn Slater 20th Century Animation
Paradoria 2 Songs co-written with Cinco Paul & Marc Shaiman Universal Animation
2022 Spellbound Songs co-written with Glenn Slater Skydance Animation