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'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

'Of Mice and Men,' 'Aladdin,' 'Les Mis' light up Broadway this season

NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Stage adaptations of beloved movies and literary classics are trending on Broadway this season, with productions of "Rocky," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Bullets Over Broadway," "Of Mice and Men," "Aladdin" and "A Raisin in the Sun" included in the stellar lineup of shows.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Aladdin' to begin Broadway previews Feb. 26

'Aladdin' to begin Broadway previews Feb. 26

NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- "Aladdin the Musical" is to begin preview performances on Broadway next month, producers announced.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, July 22, 2013.
By United Press International
Stage musical 'Aladdin' headed to Broadway in 2014

Stage musical 'Aladdin' headed to Broadway in 2014

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A new stage musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated film "Aladdin" is to open on Broadway next year, Disney Theatrical Productions said Tuesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, July 22, 2012.
By United Press International
'Newsies' extends Broadway run

'Newsies' extends Broadway run

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- The Broadway run of the new musical "Newsies" has been extended by two months, the show's producers announced Monday.
'Leap of Faith' to open on B'way

'Leap of Faith' to open on B'way

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A stage adaptation of the 1992 film "Leap of Faith" is to open on Broadway in April, the show's producers announced Friday.
Jeremy Jordan to reprise 'Newsies' role on Broadway

Jeremy Jordan to reprise 'Newsies' role on Broadway

NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Jeremy Jordan is to lead the cast of "Newsies" when the musical moves from New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse to Broadway in March.
'Newsies' musical heading to Broadway

'Newsies' musical heading to Broadway

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- "Newsies, The New American Musical" is to open in March at Broadway's Nederlander Theater, the show's producers said Tuesday.
Shields set to 'Leap' into B'way musical

Shields set to 'Leap' into B'way musical

NEW YORK, June 22 (UPI) -- Raul Esparza and Brooke Shields have signed on to star in the world premiere of the Broadway musical "Leap of Faith," the show's producers said Tuesday.
Disney to close 'Mermaid' in August

Disney to close 'Mermaid' in August

NEW YORK, July 6 (UPI) -- Producers of "The Little Mermaid" have announced the stage musical will close on Broadway next month and go on a national tour in the fall of 2010.
Hall of Fame to honor 'Take Me Out'

Hall of Fame to honor 'Take Me Out'

NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is to be honored with the Towering Song Award at the upcoming 2008 Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York, organizers said.
Paul Anka to get Mercer award

Paul Anka to get Mercer award

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- U.S. entertainer Paul Anka has been chosen to receive the Johnny Mercer Award at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame 2008 Awards dinner in New York.
Hall of Fame to induct Child, Menken

Hall of Fame to induct Child, Menken

NEW YORK, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Desmond Child, Albert Hammond, Loretta Lynn, Alan Menken and John Sebastian are to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York this year.

Broadway bids farewell to Belle and Beast

NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- "Beauty and the Beast," the first of several Broadway musicals based on Walt Disney Co. properties, ends its 13-year run Sunday.
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Alan Menken
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Alan Menken (born July 22, 1949) is an American musical theatre and film composer and pianist.

Menken is best known for his numerous scores for films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. His scores for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas have each won him two Academy Awards. He also composed the scores for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Home on the Range, Enchanted, and Tangled. Menken has collaborated on several occasions with lyricists including Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Glenn Slater, and Stephen Schwartz. Having won a total of eight Oscars, he has won more Oscars than any other living individual. He has been Oscar-nominated a total of nineteen times.

Menken was born in Manhattan into a Jewish family, the son of Judith and Norman Menken, a dentist. He developed an interest in music at an early age, studying piano and violin. He went to New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York. He attended college as a pre-med student, but later changed his focus to music at NYU Steinhardt. After college, he attended the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. He performed frequently in local clubs and worked as a composer of jingles and songs and as an accompanist.

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