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@AIMenken - 1/31/16 09:04pm To all of you who have watched and appreciated our wonderful, weird GALAVANT, I send my love, respect and endless appreciation. Onward!! XOX


@AIMenken - 1/31/16 08:35pm As we come to the end of this groundbreaking series' second season I thank ABC. Just like NEWSIES, our day will come. Stay tuned!!!


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Alan Menken News

Date of Birth: July 22, 1949 (66)
Birth Place: USA
Gender: Male
SOMETHING ROTTEN!, FINDING NEVERLAND, and More Lead Broadway in Ft. Lauderdale's 2016 / 2017 SeasonSOMETHING ROTTEN!, FINDING NEVERLAND, and More Lead Broadway in Ft. Lauderdale's 2016 / 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2016

Continuing its reputation as one of the nation's most successful theatrical houses, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, now celebrating its 25th Anniversary season, is delighted to welcome a parade of Broadway hits next season including such current blockbusters as "Matilda The Musical," "Something Rotten!," and "Finding Neverland." (more...)

BWW Column: How Can GALAVANT Improve if Renewed for Unlikely Third Season?BWW Column: How Can GALAVANT Improve if Renewed for Unlikely Third Season?
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 7, 2016

The second season of ABC's medieval musical comedy GALAVANT opens with a song entitled 'A New Season,' a direct response to the nearly unanimous opinion that it would be cancelled after its initial eight-episode run. However, despite middling numbers, ABC brought the quirky show from Dan Fogelman, Alan Menken, and Glenn Slater back this January. While I thought the sophomore season's comedy and storytelling were far superior to the often meandering first season's, Season 2 has struggled to find an audience, rarely able to garner even half the rating's share of Season 1. So, while it is looking extremely unlikely that ABC will roll the dice on the show again, if they do, I have some suggestions for Team GALAVANT that I think will give them a fighting chance in Season 3. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY:  Remembering Howard Ashman and GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATERFLASH FRIDAY: Remembering Howard Ashman and GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER
by Michael Dale - Feb 5, 2016

The first musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman was an adventurous sign of things to come. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: January 30-February 5THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: January 30-February 5
by Nora Dominick - Feb 5, 2016

Still not over the news of HAMILTON performing at the Grammys? Getting ready to hear Amber Riley crush it in DREAMGIRLS on the West End? Didn't have time to check in on your favorite Broadway stars? Well don't worry BroadwayWorld has rounded up some of the biggest stories from this week from Broadway and beyond with BroadwayWorld's 'This Week in Pictures.' (more...)

Skyler Astin, Jonathan Groff & More Join Encores! Off-Center 2016 Season; Jeanine Tesori Will Depart as Artistic DirectorSkyler Astin, Jonathan Groff & More Join Encores! Off-Center 2016 Season; Jeanine Tesori Will Depart as Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

The 2016 season will be Tesori's fourth and final season leading Encores! Off-Center. (more...)

Rehearsals Begin Monday for Broadway's WAITRESS, Starring Jessie MuellerRehearsals Begin Monday for Broadway's WAITRESS, Starring Jessie Mueller
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Rehearsals begin Monday, February 8 for the spring Broadway production of Waitress, following its sold-out limited engagement at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jason Gotay, Joshua Colley, Nick Cordero and More in Paper Mill's A BRONX TALE: THE MUSICALPhoto Flash: First Look at Jason Gotay, Joshua Colley, Nick Cordero and More in Paper Mill's A BRONX TALE: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the world premiere musical A BRONX TALE: THE MUSICAL. The musical will be co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Sergio Trujillo. A Bronx Tale: The Musical features a book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. A BRONX TALE: THE MUSICAL will run at the Millburn, New Jersey theater from tonight, February 4, 2016, through March 6, 2016. The official press opening night is Sunday, February 14, at 7:00 pm. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Daniel Coz (Fabulous He!) Mixes It Up Again with ALADDIN MedleySTAGE TUBE: Daniel Coz (Fabulous He!) Mixes It Up Again with ALADDIN Medley
by Stage Tube - Feb 4, 2016

YouTuber Daniel Coz returns with his latest viral medley featuring tunes from Disney's iconic animated film and musical ALADDIN. Check it out below! (more...)

Alhambra to Present Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST This SummerAlhambra to Present Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

In what has been a closely guarded secret until Tuesday when it was released to its newsletter and season ticket subscribers, the Alhambra Theatre & Dining announced that its summer show will be Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The show will be Alhambra's longest engagement of the year, running from June 15 through July 31. Tickets are now on sale to the public.  The Alhambra has traditionally staged a family-oriented show for its summer time period. Recent summer shows have included Shrek!, Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonkaand Cinderella. Last year's summer show, Seussical: The Musical, was a sell out, and the Alhambra expects the same for Disney's Beauty and the Beast. (more...)

ROAST OF ALLYSON PAVONE! Set for Don't Tell MamaROAST OF ALLYSON PAVONE! Set for Don't Tell Mama
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Mitchell Walker, of AKA Studio Productions, presents The Roast of Allyson Pavone! LIVE at Don't Tell Mama. This event will be a celebration of Broadway Favorite, Allyson Pavone (Les Miserables, Children of Eden) and is sure to be a one of a kind evening. The Roast is a variety show featuring some of Broadway/ Night Life's finest performers, plus some classic roast repartee celebrating the Birthday of Allyson Pavone. 'The Library will be open.' (more...)

Paper Mill Playhouse's A BRONX TALE, Directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, Begins TonightPaper Mill Playhouse's A BRONX TALE, Directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director) just announced complete casting for the world premiere musical A Bronx Tale: The Musical. The musical will be co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Sergio Trujillo. A Bronx Tale: The Musical features a book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. (more...)

BWW Interview:  Mark S. Hoebee Producing Artistic Director of Paper Mill Talks A BRONX TALEBWW Interview: Mark S. Hoebee Producing Artistic Director of Paper Mill Talks A BRONX TALE
by Marina Kennedy - Feb 4, 2016

Broadwayworld.com talked with Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director of Paper Mill Playhouse about 'A Bronx Tale.' (more...)

BWW Review: Sacramento Goes Under the Sea with THE LITTLE MERMAIDBWW Review: Sacramento Goes Under the Sea with THE LITTLE MERMAID
by Harmony Wheeler - Feb 4, 2016

Since Sacramento last saw "The Little Mermaid," director Glenn Casale has fin(e)-tuned Disney's script and created a near-perfect,  spectacle of a production. The unofficial mini-tour of the show comes to Sacramento courtesy of California Musical Theatre this week only and is already sold out.  (more...)

The Fulton Theatre Sets 2016-17 SeasonThe Fulton Theatre Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The Fulton Theatre is thrilled to announce a season bursting with dance, iconic musical theatre heroes, and a music legend in its mainstage offering! The Ellen Arnold Groff Studio Series, now in its third season, will offer three selections, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. The popular family series again will offer four shows that are ideal for the entire family. The 2016/2017 season kicks off with the mainstage series on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, with the triumphant Billy Elliot.  (more...)

NEWSIES National Tour Coming to Segerstrom Center, 5/17-29NEWSIES National Tour Coming to Segerstrom Center, 5/17-29
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Disney's NEWSIES will play an exclusive two-week premiere engagement at Segerstrom Center for the Arts with performances May 17 - 29, 2016 in Segerstrom Hall. Individual tickets for NEWSIES start at $25 and may be purchased online at SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. For inquiries about group tickets for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, May 28, 2016 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. (more...)

SISTER ACT Begins 2/11 at Beef & Boards Dinner TheatreSISTER ACT Begins 2/11 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Hang on to your habit, because Deloris Van Cartier is about to shake things up when Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents the divine comedy Sister Act as the first musical in its 2016 Season. Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Sister Act opens Feb. 11 for the first time on the Beef & Boards stage. (more...)

EVITA, SISTER ACT & More on Tap for Cabrillo Music Theatre's 2016-17 SeasonEVITA, SISTER ACT & More on Tap for Cabrillo Music Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Cabrillo Music Theatre proudly announces the 2016-2017 season of shows.   Cabrillo's High-Flying Season features three Cabrillo debuts and one classic favorite not seen in nearly 15 years.  All of Cabrillo's productions are locally produced, auditioned and rehearsed in Southern California, and performed exclusively at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. (more...)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Cast Recording Tops Billboard's Albums ChartTHE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Cast Recording Tops Billboard's Albums Chart
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

The highly anticipated Studio Cast Recording of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, debuted in the top spot on Billboard's Cast Albums chart. The album, available from Ghostlight Records, is also the 14th bestselling current album overall for the week and number 47 on the Billboard Top 200.  Digitally, the recording soared to number 5 on the iTunes Top Albums chart in its first day and was number 9 on Billboard's Current Digital Albums chart for its first week. (more...)

Palo Alto Players Sets 2016-17 SeasonPalo Alto Players Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Palo Alto Players, the Peninsula's first theatre company, announces its 86th season - 'From Stage to Screen and Back Again' - featuring a collection of plays and musicals whose time-honored stories have been theatrical hits both on stage and in film. The 2016-17 line-up, beginning September 2016, was unveiled Saturday, January 30 by Artistic Director Patrick Klein and Managing Director Diana Lynn Berenstein at the company's annual Season Announcement Party and includes Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID; THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK; A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE; Monty Python's SPAMALOT and THE GRADUATE. All performances are held at the Lucie Stern Theater located at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. Subscriptions are on sale now online at www.paplayers.org or by phone at 650.329.0891. Individual tickets for the September show go on sale in August and for the remaining season beginning in October. (more...)

BWW TV: Robert De Niro & Company Give a Sneak Peek of Paper Mill Playhouse's A BRONX TALE!BWW TV: Robert De Niro & Company Give a Sneak Peek of Paper Mill Playhouse's A BRONX TALE!
by TV - On the Road - Feb 1, 2016

Paper Mill Playhouse's world premiere of A BRONX TALE: THE MUSICAL will be co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by four-time Drama Desk Award nominee Sergio Trujillo. A BRONX TALE: THE MUSICAL features a book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. The musical hosted a sneak peek at rehearsals and BroadwayWorld was there to chat with the company and catch a performance preview. Check out an inside look below! (more...)

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