Alan Menken Quotes

Alan Irwin Menken (born July 22, 1949) is an American musical theatre and film score composer and pianist. Menken is best known for his scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. His scores for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas have each won him two Academy Awards. He also composed the scores for Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Newsies (1992), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Enchanted (2007), Tangled (2010) and Sausage Party (2016), among others. He is also known for his work on musical theatre works for Broadway and elsewhere. Some of these are based on his Disney films, but other stage hits include Little Shop of Horrors (1982), A Christmas Carol (1994) and Sister Act (2009)

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Alan Menken


What brought me to Disney was the new regime, which is now the old regime, came over with Michael Eisner, Frank Wells, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and all these people really wanted to reinvigorate the animated musical, so they came to Howard Ashman and me. That was my entry into Disney.

Alan Menken


Collaboration is being open to each other's ideas and benefiting from each other's perspectives in an open way. Collaboration is all about rewriting and rewriting and rewriting and helping each other to constantly improve a piece. And, it's also about spurring each other on to doing really great, hard work - it's easier to do it in a collaboration than on your own.

Alan Menken


If you write enough musicals you pretty much have a sense of where they should go, what you'll need, and when; how to pull people on that journey.

Alan Menken


Having a tradition is a great thing to work within, and maybe today [it] is the only way to really land musically dramatic work.

Alan Menken


I don't write songs for myself anymore. I only write songs on assignment. It's purely a business, but it is still so important to me emotionally.

Alan Menken


I've been very fortunate as a composer to be involved with projects that have really propelled my scores forward. I'm very proud of it.

Alan Menken


I've always juggled a lot of projects because at least half the projects you do get shelved. So you have to do a lot of things in order for things to move forward.

Alan Menken


The best parts about writing a show are [its] first, second and 10th anniversaries. Everything else is relative levels of hell.

Alan Menken