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[[caption-width-right:300:Disney's musical [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation Renaissance]] man.]]

Alan Irwin Menken (born July 22, 1949) is a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for theater and film. Since 1989, he has been the go-to guy for [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney musicals]], having composed the songs and scores for ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', and ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. This has earned him ''eighteen'' UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominations, eight of which he won--more Oscars than any other living individual. He's an Emmy short of being listed among TheEGOTs - though Menken [[MedalOfDishonor proudly talks about the]] GoldenRaspberryAward [[http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/preview/la-et-cm-spring-arts-preview-theater-newsies-20150315-story.html for]] ''Film/{{Newsies}}'', which ironically earned the Tony when adapted to stage.

Menken first made a name for himself as a composer in 1982 with the off-broadway musical ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', for which he co-wrote the songs with lyricist/librettist Howard Ashman. The musical's producer David Geffen, recommended them to then-Disney Studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg (''...Horrors'' company manager Peter Schneider was Katzenberg's partner) to compose the songs for the studio's adaptation of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', beginning what would be a long and fruitful partnership between Menken and the studio.

Following Howard Ashman's death from AIDS in 1991 during the production of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Menken has written with an ever-rotating cast of lyricists, including Creator/TimRice, Jack Feldman, Creator/StephenSchwartz, David Zippel, Glenn Slater, and Creator/LinManuelMiranda.

He had been set to compose for the film that would eventually become ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', until he was ultimately replaced with Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Christophe Beck, instead serving as composer and songwriter for a different Disney project, the short-lived ABC musical series ''Series/{{Galavant}}''. Afterwards, he was going to provide music for a Creator/DreamWorksAnimation movie titled ''Series/{{Lidsville}}'', but after former co-worker Katzenberg's studio wound up in a rut and restructured their business strategy and film lineup, word on ''Lidsville'' has gone silent.

In 2016, he returned to his roots in [[RefugeInAudacity tongue-in-cheek raunchy humor]] by co-writing the score (with Christopher Lennertz) and composing the opening song "The Great Beyond" for the R-rated animated comedy ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty''.

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!!Films
* ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors'' (lyrics by Howard Ashman)
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (lyrics by Howard Ashman; also Menken's first instrumental underscore)
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' (lyrics by Howard Ashman)
* ''Film/HomeAlone 2: Lost in New York'' (song "My Christmas Tree", lyrics by Jack Feldman)
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (lyrics by Howard Ashman, with additional lyrics by Creator/TimRice after Ashman died in 1991)
** ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'' (song "Arabian Nights", lyrics by Howard Ashman)
** ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'' (song "Arabian Nights", lyrics by Howard Ashman)
* ''Film/{{Newsies}}'' (lyrics by Jack Feldman; first score written without Howard Ashman)
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' (lyrics by Creator/StephenSchwartz)
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' (lyrics by Creator/StephenSchwartz)
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' (lyrics by David Zippel)
* ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' (lyrics by Glenn Slater)
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' (lyrics by Creator/StephenSchwartz)
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' (lyrics by Glenn Slater)
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' (song "The Star-Spangled Man," lyrics by David Zippel)
* ''WesternAnimation/SausageParty'' (lyrics by Glenn Slater; score co-composed by Christopher Lennertz)
* ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017'' (additional lyrics by Creator/TimRice)
* LiveActionAdaptation of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (additional lyrics by Creator/LinManuelMiranda)
* LiveActionAdaptation of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (additional lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul)

!!Television
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'' (instrumental theme and end credits music)
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' (song "Arabian Nights", lyrics for opening version by Howard Ashman)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' (song "Zero to Hero", lyrics for opening version by David Zippel)
* ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' (lyrics by Glenn Slater; score co-composed by Christopher Lennertz)
* ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries'' (lyrics by Glenn Slater)

!!Theater
* ''Theater/LittleShopOfHorrors'' (lyrics by Howard Ashman)
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' (additional lyrics by Creator/TimRice)
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' (additional lyrics by Glenn Slater)
* ''Film/SisterAct'' (lyrics by Glenn Slater)
* ''Theatre/{{Newsies}}''
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin)

For samples of Alan Menken music, go to {{AwesomeMusic.Disney}}.
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