Alan Menken Biography

Alan Menken
Alan Menken

With Howard Ashman, Menken received the New York Drama Critics Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the London Evening Standard Award for Best Musical for Little Shop of Horrors and an Oscar® nomination for Best Song ("Mean Green Mother From Outer Space") from the film version of Little Shop of Horrors.

In 1983, the composer received the BMI Career Achievement Award for a body of work for the musical theater. His includes Little Shop of Horrors, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Real Life Funnies, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy (produced in workshop as "Battle of the Giants"), "Patch, Patch, Patch," and contributions to numerous revues including Personals and Diamonds. In 1987, a musical adaptation of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, with lyrics by David Spencer, was produced in Philadelphia. In 1992, the WPA Theatre in New York produced Menken's Weird Romance, lyrics also by Spencer.

In December 1994, Menken debuted a brand-new stage musical based on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Mike Ockrent, at Madison Square Garden's Paramount Theater.

Future projects for the busy composer include the musical King David, with libretto by Tim Rice, and Kicks: The Showgirl Musical, with libretto by Tom Eyen. On Hercules, Disney's 35th full-length animated feature, the composer collaborated with lyricist David Zippel.

---Provided by Disney Records

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Recent Performances of works by Alan Menken
Production/Credit WhereOpening Night
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) East Brunswick Community Players 9/14/2018
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Woodbridge Community Players 7/20/2018
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Dunellen Skylight Theater Productions 8/18/2017
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Villagers Theatre 2/7/2014
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Paper Mill Playhouse 6/4/2008
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Battery Factory Theater 10/28/2005
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Livingston Theatre Company 10/20/2005
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Allegro Productions 3/4/2005
Personals ...... (Music) Hudson Theatre Ensemble 6/4/2004
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Mystic Vision Players 7/25/2003
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Chatham Players 5/2/2003
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Mercer County Community College 10/13/2000
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) 4th Wall Theatre 9/29/2000
Personals ...... (Music) Old Library Theatre 2/5/2000
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Talent Time Players 7/1/1999
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Main Street Theatre Company 3/4/1999
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Villagers Theatre 9/11/1998
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Phoenix Productions 2/6/1998
Little Shop of Horrors ...... (Music) Studio Players 5/1/1997
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