It was on July 22, 1949 in the great city of New Rochelle, New York that Alan Menken was born into a prominent Jewish family. It didn't take long for a young Alan Menken to realize that he was born for music and music was made for him. Menken started off his musical life with the words of instruments such as the piano and the violin. The minute the notes came out, everyone knew that Alan Menken had the something special.
After graduating from high school, Alan Menken went on to attend New York University where he started out as a pre-med student. That career path wasn't nearly as strong as his avid love for music, which is what his major soon changed over to. Soon enough Alan Menken graduated fro NYU, and moved on over to the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop where he learned many key elements that landed him gigs with writing jingles and songs. It was also within these workshops that Alan Menken met a great person in his life to come, renowned lyricist Howard Ashman.
Soon enough, Alan Menken was making a name for himself along with the works of Ashman when Menken first landed his big break working with Ashman on the Off-Broadway adaptation of a Kurt Vonnegut novel, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater . From there, the sky has been the limit for the talent of Alan Menken.
It was not until 1982 thought, that Alan Menken reached the pinnacle of his success that millions only dream of when he took on the works of Little Shop of Horrors along with friend Ashman. Audiences everywhere fell in love, and continue to do so till the end of theatrical time.
The list of all of Alan Menken's masterpieces would go on forever, but a large part of his success comes through his work on countless Disney features such as The Little Mermaid , Beauty and the Beast , Aladdin , Pocahontas , The Hunchback of Notre Dame , and Hercules to name a few. As well, a rather infamous masterpiece Alan Menken was a part of was the likes of Sister Act the Musical , which hit stages in 2006.
With eight Academy Awards under his belt, the opportunity to see Alan Menken live and in concert is a rarity. It is one that you don't want to pass up, as it will be a life changing experience that you will be talking about for as long as you can remember. So stay in the know with ticket information as it becomes available for your seats to see the endless talent that is Alan Menken.