Alan Irwin Menken is an American composer, songwriter, conductor, music director and record producer. Menken is best known for the tracks and songs from films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. His sheet music and songs for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas have each won him two Oscars. He has also composed tracks and songs for Little Shop of Horrors, Newsies, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Home on the Range, Enchanted and Tangled, among others. Its awards include eight Oscars, one Tony, eleven Grammy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, and an Emmy Day Award. He is also known for his work in musical theater for Broadway and elsewhere. Some of them are based on his Disney films, but other theatrical hits include Little Shop of Horrors, A Christmas Carol, and Sister Act. Menken has collaborated with lyricists such as Lynn Ahrens, Howard Ashman, Jack Feldman, Tim Rice, Glenn Slater, Stephen Schwartz and David Zippel.
|Birth name||Alan Irwin Menken|
|Born||July 22, 1949, Manhattan, New York City, U.S.|
|Genres||Pop, musical theatre, film score|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, arranger, conductor, songwriter, music director, record producer|
Composer who wrote the scores for several beloved Disney films, including 1989's The Little Mermaid. He won two Academy Awards for Best Original Song and Best Original Score for Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas.
His first major success was with the legendary musical Little Shop of Horrors, written with frequent collaborator Howard Ashman.
His other notable works included A Christmas Carol from 2004, Enchanted from 2007, Tangled from 2010, and Mirror Mirror from 2012.
He was born into a Jewish family to Judith and Norman Menken, who was a dentist. He married Janis Roswick in 1972, with whom he fathered two daughters.
His first major professional production was God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater from 1979. He based it on the Kurt Vonnegut Jr. novel of the same name.
Rock n Roll. Musician from New Rochelle, New York. Animated composers. Winner of the award for best original music. The composer won the Academy's Best Original Song award. Golden Globe Award winning musician. Alumni of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Male TV composers. American opera composer. Jewish American musician. American television composers. Annie Award Winner. Winner of the Day Emmy Awards. Disney people