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Alan Menken News

Date Of Birth:
July 22, 1949 (65)
Birth Place:
USA
Gender:
Male
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@AIMenken - 4/23/15 11:40am Happy Birthday to my beautiful Janis! The best thing that ever happened in my life was finding you. XOXOXOX http://t.co/BsjhOJYlsW


@AIMenken - 4/5/15 10:30am Looking forward to crying my eyes out at the final performance of HUNCHBACK at Papermill tonight. So proud of this production and this cast.


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Disney Theatricals to Open ALADDIN in Tokyo, 5/24Disney Theatricals to Open ALADDIN in Tokyo, 5/24
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Thursday, May 21st  2015) - Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company celebrate the opening of the first international production of Disney'sAladdin in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, May 24th at The Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo. The Tokyo production was cast locally in Japan and is performed in Japanese. (more...)

CRITICS' CHOICE: Memorial Weekend's Best BetsCRITICS' CHOICE: Memorial Weekend's Best Bets
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 22, 2015

It's the official kick-off to summer, what with the Memorial Day Weekend upon us already - seriously, where did the time go? - and while we're certain your calendar is filled with cookouts, fireworks (we don't save all the sparklers for July 4th do we?) and swimming (if it warms up enough here in frosty Tennessee, where it's in the 50s as I type). But being the theatrical fanatic that we (using either the editorial "we" or the royal "we"…just take your pick) are, we would like to humbly suggest you make your way to the theater in the next few days to get some artistic inspiration. (more...)

Fabulous Fox Theatre to Host Open House & Season Preview Event, 5/31Fabulous Fox Theatre to Host Open House & Season Preview Event, 5/31
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

The public is invited to an Open House and Preview Event showcasing the Fabulous Fox Theatre's 2015-2016 U.S. Bank Broadway Series on Sunday, May 31 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand Blvd. Visitors will be treated to live previews of MATILDA THE MUSICAL and BEAUTIFUL-THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL along with video previews from the other season shows.   (more...)

Impressive Etch A Sketch Video Demonstration Of ALADDIN & THE LION KING ArtImpressive Etch A Sketch Video Demonstration Of ALADDIN & THE LION KING Art
by Pat Cerasaro - May 21, 2015

See how ALADDIN and THE LION KING look in Etch A Sketch! (more...)

BWW Reviews: New Mom MEGAN HILTY is a 'Smash' Delivering Pop Songs and Standards at the Café CarlyleBWW Reviews: New Mom MEGAN HILTY is a 'Smash' Delivering Pop Songs and Standards at the Café Carlyle
by Remy Block - May 20, 2015

I like Megan Hilty because she laughs a lot. She's fun! A young star of stage and screen-- having established herself as "Glinda" in Wicked on Broadway (2005-06) and subsequently becoming a TV star playing complicated and talented Ivy Lynn in the NBC hit musical drama Smash-Hilty opened her current run at the Cafe Carlyle Tuesday night to an excited, adoring audience. On stage with her band, directed by musical savant Matt Cusson--sporting a jaunty Newsies-style cap--at the keyboard (and including her husband Brian Gallagher on guitar, Ryan Hoagland on percussion, and Dennis Michael Keefe on upright bass), Hilty's effervescence was palpable, a heady mixture of genuine glee and sleep deprivation, as she effusively exclaimed her delight at being back at the Carlyle, following her last run when she was six-months pregnant. Now she has an eight-month old daughter. While her initial intention was to create a show about motherhood, the show ended up as a night of standards and Smash selections, giving the people what they know and love. (more...)

Eddie Cooper & Joe Grifasi Will Join Ellen Greene, Jake Gyllenhaal & Taran Killam in Encores! Off-Center's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSEddie Cooper & Joe Grifasi Will Join Ellen Greene, Jake Gyllenhaal & Taran Killam in Encores! Off-Center's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Eddie Cooper and Joe Grifasi will join the previously announced Ellen Greene, Jake Gyllenhaal and Taran Killam in the Encores! Off-Center concert production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors, running for three performances, July 1-2, 2015 at New York City Center. Eddie Cooper replaces his father Chuck Cooper, who will be starring in the upcoming Broadway musical Amazing Grace. (more...)

Broadway in Cincinnati Adds THE BOOK OF MORMON and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to SeasonBroadway in Cincinnati Adds THE BOOK OF MORMON and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to Season
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati presented by TriHealth announces by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played a record breaking three week run in 2014 returns to Cincinnati for a limited engagement March 29 - April 3, 2016 and the smash hit Broadway musical, DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will play a strictly limited engagement April 20 - 24, 2016. Ticket package holders receive priority ticket opportunities to all shows, so a season package is the best way to guarantee seats to THE BOOK OF MORMON and DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Tickets for both shows will be made available to Season Subscribers and group ticket buyers in the next two weeks.  Single tickets will be available for sale at a later date. THE BOOK OF MORMON and DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST join the previously announced 2015-2016 Season shows of MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, PIPPIN, Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS, KINKY BOOTS, IF/THEN, Disney's NEWSIES, and CABARET. (more...)

Slow Burn Theatre Company to Present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, 6/5-28Slow Burn Theatre Company to Present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, 6/5-28
by Carol Kassie - May 20, 2015

 Little Shop of Horrors, Slow Burn Theatre Company's final production in the West Boca High Performing Arts Theatre before moving to their new home at the Broward Center, is a devilishly delicious mash up of sci-fi and Broadway, fertilizer and Faust, and of rock, doo-wop, and Motown.   This 'horror and rock-n-roll musical comedy' has delighted audiences of all ages for over thirty years, and includes several well-known songs, including the title song, 'Skid Row (Downtown)', 'Somewhere That's Green', and 'Suddenly, Seymour'. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/20/15- Judy KuhnSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 5/20/15- Judy Kuhn
by Stage Tube - May 20, 2015

Happy Birthday, Judy Kuhn! Kuhn made her Broadway debut was in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She then played Cosette in the 1987 multiple award winning Broadway production of Les Miserables brought her the first Tony Award nomination. The following year, Kuhn took on a transfer from London's West End, playing one of the main roles (Florence Vassy) in the Trevor Nunn-directed Chess, with music by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (formerly of ABBA) and lyrics by Tim Rice. Later in 1993, Kuhn played the role of Betty Schaefer in the U.S premier production of Sunset Boulevard at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles. Kuhn sang the title role in the 1995 Disney animated film, Pocahontas, the film included her rendition of the song Colors of the Wind, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for its composers Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. On October 23, 2007, Kuhn returned to the Broadway Production of Les Miserables after 20 years, but this time assuming the role of Fantine. (more...)

Sir Tim Rice Talks New Songs For BEAUTY & THE BEAST Live Action RemakeSir Tim Rice Talks New Songs For BEAUTY & THE BEAST Live Action Remake
by Pat Cerasaro - May 18, 2015

BEAUTY & THE BEAST is coming to the big screen again in a whole new way, with brand new songs! (more...)

Cohen & Davis' BRIDGES Premiere and More Set for Berkeley Playhouse's 2015-16 SeasonCohen & Davis' BRIDGES Premiere and More Set for Berkeley Playhouse's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Berkeley Playhouse at the Julia Morgan Theater proudly announces their eighth season. The ambitious season will see an increase of productions from four to six, their first "R-rated" show, a world premiere commission, the first non-musical in the company's history, and a Bay Area premiere. (more...)

Musical Adaptation of 'DUDDY KRAVITZ' Begins Next Month at Segal CentreMusical Adaptation of 'DUDDY KRAVITZ' Begins Next Month at Segal Centre
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

The Segal Centre will close its blockbuster 2014-2015 Theatre Season with The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz: The Musical, a world premiere musical adaptation of Mordecai Richler's novel and the feature film by the same name, from June 7-28, 2015. This new production boasts an original musical score by Alan Menken, the legendary Oscar and Tony winning composer of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, with book and lyrics by acclaimed lyricist-librettist David Spencer and direction by American theatre veteran Austin Pendleton. Presented with the generous support of RBC and Muse Entertainment. (more...)

Cast Announced for Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. at Stages Theatre CompanyCast Announced for Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. at Stages Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Stages Theatre Company recently held auditions for their upcoming production of Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr. Over 160 youth actors turned out to audition for 20 roles in the stage musical adaptation with all the magic from the Disney classic. (more...)

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Begins 6/5 at Hale Centre TheatreDisney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Begins 6/5 at Hale Centre Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Swim with Sebastian, float with Flounder and become part of Ariel's underwater world in the Wasatch Front's local company premiere of Disney's The Little Mermaid, at Hale Centre Theatre. Tickets are on sale now for the Disney classic, slated to run June 5 through August 1, in West Valley City in more than 75 consecutive performances. (more...)

ABC Officially Unveils 2015-16 Primetime Schedule!ABC Officially Unveils 2015-16 Primetime Schedule!
by TV News Desk - May 12, 2015

ABC continues its commitment to great storytelling with the announcement of its 2015-16 slate of programming, including the addition of 10 new series. Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Stephanie Styles as Katherine in NEWSIES on TourBWW Interviews: Stephanie Styles as Katherine in NEWSIES on Tour
by Kathy Strain - May 12, 2015

With the Disney play NEWSIES touring around North America, Stephanie Styles, who plays Jack's love interest Katherine, it's no wonder she's excited to be a part of NEWSIES as it comes to San Antonio. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Savvy and Sassy LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS an Enjoyable Musical RompBWW Reviews: Savvy and Sassy LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS an Enjoyable Musical Romp
by David Fick - May 9, 2015

Some three decades after its first premiere, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS still delivers on its promise to be an enjoyable romp for its audiences. In this production, there is a great deal of fun to be had in the kind of musical that offers only the slightest commentary on the world around us - 'whatever they offer you, don't feed the plants' - and mostly expects its viewers to kick back, relax and go along for the ride. (more...)

Old Library Theatre to Present Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR.Old Library Theatre to Present Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, JR.
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Old Library Theatre (OLT), Fair Lawn Recreation Department's resident theater company, proudly presents its second annual Youth Theater Production: 'Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.' (more...)

'Songs Off Broadway', las canciones más espectaculares a escena'Songs Off Broadway', las canciones más espectaculares a escena
by Jerónimo Carmona - May 8, 2015

El 18 de mayo llega a la Sala Clamores, 'Songs Off Broadway', un concierto único con las canciones menos conocidas y más espectaculares de Broadway. (more...)

Renewed! GALAVANT Marches To Second SeasonRenewed! GALAVANT Marches To Second Season
by Pat Cerasaro - May 8, 2015

GALAVANT is headed back for more swords and songs! (more...)

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