Disney is not Disney today without Alan Menken.
Name another composer who can match his stretch of three scores in four years:
1989: The Little Mermaid
1991: Beauty and the Beast
You’re in good maestro company when a historical comp for a career achievement is Stephen Sondheim:
1973: A Little Night Music
But Alan’s triumph trumps Stephen’s in one particular respect:
Find someone who doesn’t even know what a musical is and show them those three Disney tuners; chances are, you just birthed another showtune fanatic.
Menken could’ve retired in 1993 and his contributions to humanity would still scale the heights of the indelible.
looking at listening to you, kid Howard Ashman.