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

Alan Menken (b 22 July 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.

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 (fellow ''...Horrors'' alumnus 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 (''Aladdin'', the {{Screen To Stage Adaptation}}s of ''Beauty and the Beast'' and ''Aladdin'', ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017''), Jack Feldman (''Film/{{Newsies}}'' and its ScreenToStageAdaptation), Creator/StephenSchwartz (''Pocahontas'', ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame'', ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', the ScreenToStageAdaptation of ''Hunchback''), David Zippel (''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''), Glenn Slater (''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'', ''Tangled'', the {{Screen To Stage Adaptation}}s of ''The Little Mermaid'' and ''Film/SisterAct'', ''Series/{{Galavant}}''), and Creator/LinManuelMiranda (the LiveActionAdaptation of ''The Little Mermaid'')

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. 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''.

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