Born: July 22, 1949, New Rochelle, New York
This chapter examines the work of Alan Menken. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Menken was making up songs from his early years. His family was highly supportive—his father was a musical dentist—and after he graduated from NYU, his parents suggested that he enroll in Lehman Engel’s BMI Workshop. He did so and was soon working with lyricist Howard Ashman. Early songs were heard in two cabaret revues, The Present Tense (October 4, 1977) and Patch, Patch, Patch(at the West Bank Cabaret, 1979).
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