Alan Menken

Disney Legend Alan Menken on Making New Musical Magic in Aladdin

By Beth Deitchman

The music of Aladdin has captivated us since the animated classic first took us to “A Whole New World” some 27 years ago. Now Disney’s new live-action reimagining of the film has us singing a new tune—and hearing the beloved tunes from the original in an entirely new light. For the vibrant and exciting film (now playing at a theater near…

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Tangled The Series

Exclusive: Preview a New Song by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater from Tangled: The Series

By Beth Deitchman

During the Tangled: The Series panel at D23 Expo 2017, the series’ cast and creative team shared a preview of an upcoming special episode that was, both literally and figuratively, music to our ears. The tentpole episode, “Queen for a Day,”—which airs this Sunday, November 19 (7–8 p.m. ET)—finds Rapunzel in charge of Corona while the…

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Alan Menken

5 Magical Stories from Alan Menken’s Expo Performance

By Courtney Potter

“Under the Sea”… “Beauty and the Beast”… “A Whole New World”… Disney Legend Alan Menken’s work with The Walt Disney Company—with fellow Disney Legend Howard Ashman, as well as a host of incredible collaborators—has delighted audiences for almost 30 years. Today, inside a packed Hall D23, Alan celebrated that work with a…

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Alan Menken

Disney Legend Alan Menken to Perform Brand-New One-Man Show at D23 Expo 2017

By D23 Team

“Under the Sea.” “Be Our Guest.” “Colors of the Wind.” This is just some of the unforgettable music written by Disney Legend Alan Menken over the course of his unrivaled career. Menken’s iconic melodies have been stuck in our heads and are firmly imprinted on our hearts—and now, at D23 Expo 2017, he’s giving us the chance to hear them…

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Mandy Moore and Rapunzel

Exclusive: Mandy Moore Lets Down her Hair About Tangled Before Ever After

By Beth Deitchman

Her own “once upon a time” begins, magically, with a Disney movie. Long before she would play Mia Thermopolis’ nemesis in The Princess Diaries or lend her voice to the motherly Nita in Brother Bear 2, a young Mandy Moore was captivated by The Little Mermaid. The little girl who ran around her house singing “Part of Your World” grew up to…

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Howard Ashman in the recording studio

The Legend Behind the Lyrics of Beauty and the Beast

By William Keck

“To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful.”

This dedication in the closing credits of Beauty and the Beast pays homage to the film’s lyricist, Howard Ashman, who never lived to see the final print. Were only real life as just and compassionate as the wonderful world of Disney,…

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Belle

Tales of the Songs and Score for Beauty and the Beast

By Alexander Rannie

In hindsight it seems a no-brainer that Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s 30th animated feature, would have begun life as a musical. But as many folks know, this wasn’t the case. Songwriters Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, fresh off their success with The Little Mermaid, immediately began working on songs for Aladdin. Beauty and the Beast was…

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast: Journey to a Classic

By Jim Fanning

A beastly leading man, a bookworm princess, a brittle brood of supporting characters in a story confined to a dark castle. These unlikely elements make up one of the most well-known yet unlikely fairy tales ever—and only the magic of Disney animation could bring it to the screen with such unforgettable enchantment. As Beauty and the Beast (1991)…

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