Alan Menken is a composer of Disney music. He has created many of the songs in cartoon movies that we love. He has had so much success in doing what his dream was ever since he was little. He has been composing music ever since the late 1970’s.
Alan Menken was born July 22 1949, in New Rochelle; New York. Alan grew up as a child of the 60’s, dreaming of a career as a singer-songwriter. He was interested in music from an early age and studied both piano and violin in high school. Menken enrolled at New York University in 1967 where, for a time, he took premed courses in order to please his parents. His true passion won out, however, and Menken decided to pursue a musical career. Menken's first major professional work was with Ashman for the Off-Broadway 1979 WPA Theatre production of the play God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, an adaptation of a Kurt Vonnegut novel.
In 1983, Menken received the BMI Career Achievement Award for his body of work for musical theater, including Little Shop of Horrors, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Real Life Funnies, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy, Patch, Patch, Patch, and contributions to numerous revues including, Personals and Diamonds. Menken is best known, however, for his work over the past two decades with Walt Disney Pictures scoring numerous films, including Disney animated classics The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules and Home on the Range, live-action Newsies, and most recently, its 2007 live-action fairy tale Enchanted. Alan has earned 18 Academy Award nominations, winning 8 times. He has 10 Grammy Awards and 7 Golden Globes. He has written thing such as; Little Shop of Horrors, 1986, “Mean green Mother from Outer Space”, The Little
Mermaid, 1989, “Kiss The Girl” and “Under The Sea”.
Currently Menken is represented on Broadway by the new stage musical of The Little Mermaid, for which he and lyricist Glenn Slater have just received a Tony nomination for...