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UPI almanac for Sunday, July 22, 2007.

Dawnn Lewis donning habit for 'Sister Act'

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Dawnn Lewis, from TV's "A Different World," is set to play a singer hiding out in a convent for a stage production of the Hollywood film, "Sister Act."

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Today is Saturday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2006 with 162 to follow.
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Jackman planning return to stage

NEW YORK, May 18 (UPI) -- Tony Award-winner Hugh Jackman says he may return to the theater with a new version of "Pal Joey" or a stage adaptation of the film, "Leap of Faith."

Menken returns to 'House of Mouse'

LOS ANGELES, March 1 (UPI) -- Eight-time Academy Award-winning songwriter Alan Menken is back in the house of Disney, it was reported Wednesday.

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Today is Friday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2005 with 162 to follow.
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Stephen Schwartz readies new musical

NEW YORK, March 25 (UPI) -- Tony-nominated composer Stephen Schwartz will premiere his new musical "Captain Louie" in May in New York, Daily Variety said Friday.

'Aladdin' in two-disc special edition

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Disney's animated film "Aladdin," featuring a new song sung by Clay Aiken, is being released as a two-disc special edition DVD, Oct. 5.

'Aladdin' comes to DVD for first time

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The animated Disney film "Aladdin" is coming to DVD next month for the first time after it was unavailable for sale in any form for 10 years.

Feature: Barbie sings

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- When Mattel Inc. decided to produce the first animated musical starring the classic doll Barbie, the company turned to one of the few female composer-songwriter
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

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Today is Thursday, July 22, the 204th day of 2004 with 162 to follow.
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Clay's Aiken's tour sponsored by Buena Vista

LOS ANGELES, July 10 (UPI) -- Buena Vista is sponsoring Clay Aiken's debut 50-U.S. city summer tour in conjunction with its Oct. 5 special-edition release of "Aladdin" on DVD.

Roseanne embraces her 'inner cow'

LOS ANGELES, March 31 (UPI) -- Roseanne Barr says she embraced her "inner cow" when preparing to play a headstrong heifer in the new animated barnyard tale, "Home on the Range."

Quaid is Disney's latest animated villain

NEWTON, N.J., March 18 (UPI) -- Actor Randy Quaid says he relished the chance to play an evil, yodeling cattle rustler in the new animated Disney western, "Home on the Range."

Aladdin set for DVD release

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Disney has announced an Oct. 5 DVD launch of its cartoon "Aladdin," which has been off the market entirely for the past 10 years.
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Alan Menken

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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