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About Alan Menken

Distinguished composer/lyricist Alan Menken is responsible for penning many of the catchiest tunes from Disney features of the late '80s onward, including "Whole New World" (from Aladdin) and "Colors of the Wind" (Pocahontas). Menken and playwright Howard Ashman first enjoyed major success as a team when they adapted Little Shop of Horrors into an off-Broadway smash. In the late '80s, the duo began working for Disney on The Little Mermaid; for their catchy calypso tune "Under the Sea," Menken and Ashman earned an Oscar. (Menken later earned many more for his songwriting work.) Following Ashman's death in 1991, Menken continued working for Disney with others, notably Stephen Schwartz. ~ Sandra Brennan

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Jul 22, 1949

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