Master of musicals and SCL Advisory Board member Alan Menken was honored as an SCL Lifetime Achievement recipient at the annual LA Holiday Dinner on December 18, 2019. The night included tributes and performances from many industry luminaries, and was crowned with a medley by Menken himself. Members can watch the full video via the link below.
Menken’s music, songs and scores have been ensconced in our lives since his first works nearly 40 years ago. His stage musicals include God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy, Real Life Funnies, Little Shop of Horrors, Kicks, The Dream on Royal Street, Beauty and The Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap of Faith, Newsies, Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, A Bronx Tale, and Hercules.
Song and score credits for film musicals include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast (Animated), Newsies, Aladdin (Animated), Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, The Shaggy Dog, Home on the Range, Enchanted, Tangled, Mirror Mirror, Beauty and the Beast (Live Action), Howard, and Aladdin (Live Action). Songs for film include “The Measure of a Man” (Rocky V), “My Christmas Tree” (Home Alone 2: Lost in New York), “Cold Enough to Snow” (Life With Mikey), “Winter Light” (Noel), “Star Spangled Man” (Captain America: First Avenger), and “The Great Beyond” (Sausage Party). Television song credits include Sesame Street, the ABC mini-series Lincoln, a musical episode of The Neighbors, ABC’s Galavant, and Disney’s Tangled: The Series.
Menken has won more Academy Awards than any other living individual, including 8 Oscars with 4 for Best Score and 4 for Best Song, 11 Grammys, 7 Golden Globes, the London Evening Standard Award, the Olivier Award, and the Outer Critics Circle Award. In 2001, he was honored as a Disney Legend, and in 2010 Menken received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.