He has won the most Oscars than any one person alive. He was awarded 8 of them; 2 for each film, and he isn’t even an actor. Most of you won’t even recognize his name but you will all know his work. He is Alan Menken and now he is writing the music for Broadway. Yes, he is an American treasure because the world loves our musicals and our music. Disney loves him even more. Alan wrote the music to the most successful Disney stories in cartoon form.
Alan describes his songs as, “infectious, vulnerable, unguarded, joyful and basically childlike.” He also wrote “The Hunchback of Notre Dame “ of which he is the most proud of his musical scores. He has composed the music to more than a dozen movies in the past 2 decades for Disney. Not all of his compositions have been produced for Disney.
Yes, Alan Menken is probably the most famous guy you have never heard of. He enjoys his anonymity where he can go largely unrecognized by the press. No one knows him. His personal life is very un-hollywood. He has two grown daughters and his wife Janice, a former Ballet dancer. Turning Movies into Broadway Musicals has become a second career for Menken especially all those 1990’s Disney films.