In honor of award-winning composer/songwriter Alan Menken’s birthday, we’re featuring his music in our first Music Monday post. We had the pleasure of seeing Alan Menken live in concert earlier this year in March and got to hear quite a few of our favorite Disney songs there.
Menken is best known for his work on many Disney films, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and more. He’s also done several musicals, such as Little Shop of Horrors and A Bronx Tale. With such an extensive resume, it’s no surprise he has won numerous Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Grammys, and one Tony Award.
Like most people, we discovered Alan Menken and his work while we were kids by watching Disney movies, so most of our favorite Alan Menken songs are from Disney movies. Quite a few Disney animated movies have been turned into Broadway musicals, and songs are often added for the stage version. Even though we have yet to watch a Disney Broadway show, we love many of the Broadway-exclusive songs. We can’t wait to see what new songs Menken will release next, such as those for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. But for now, we’ll keep listening to the following favorites. Continue reading