Music / Alan Menken
Disney's musical Renaissance man.

Alan Menken (b 22 July 1949) is a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for theater and film. Beginning with The Little Mermaid, for which he wrote both score and songs with lyricist Howard Ashman (the same team who wrote Little Shop of Horrors; this musical was executive produced by David Geffen, who recommended Ashman and Menken to Disney Studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, who also had another LSOH alumni, Peter Schneider, as his partner in Disney Animation), he has been the go-to guy for Disney musicals, including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Tangled. This has earned him eighteen Academy Award nominations, eight of which he won—more Oscars than any other living individual.

After Mermaid's success, Menken wrote Beauty and the Beast and began Aladdin with Ashman before the latter's death in 1991. Since then, Menken has written with a multitude of lyricists, including Tim Rice (Aladdin, the Screen To Stage Adaptations of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin), Jack Feldman (Newsies and its Screen-to-Stage Adaptation), Stephen Schwartz (Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted, the Screen-to-Stage Adaptation of Hunchback), David Zippel (Hercules, Captain America: The First Avenger), and Glenn Slater (Home on the Range, Tangled, the Screen To Stage Adaptations of The Little Mermaid and Sister Act, Galavant).

Due to the cancellation of Disney's adaptation of The Snow Queen (later retooled into Frozen, with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez writing songs and Christophe Beck composing score), Menken was going to provide music for a DreamWorks Animation movie titled 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. He's working on the songs for Sausage Party, an R-rated animated comedy co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

If you want some samples of Alan Menken music, go to AwesomeMusic.Disney.