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With his Academy Award-winning scores for "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty And The Beast," "Aladdin" and "Pocahontas," composer Alan Menken has been a major reason for Disney's enormously popular musical features.
The current Broadway smash ALADDIN, the fourth of his Disney films to transfer to the Broadway stage, was preceded by BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and NEWSIES.
Now in London for the West End production of ALADDIN, which begins previewing on May 27th, Digital Spy asked the ace tunesmith which of his Disney favorites he'd like to see hit the stage next.
"I'd love to see 'Hercules' - and 'Enchanted,'" he revealed. "They're both projects that I think would translate really well."
He's less enthused about the prospects for "Pocahontas": "I don't know how that would translate."
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, adapted for the stage by Menken, Stephen Schwartz and James Lapine was literally 45 minutes from Broadway last March when it was presented at Millburn, New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse.
"'Hunchback' translated beautifully," he says. "We were disappointed that didn't come to Broadway. It was a very close call, but it's being produced in Tokyo and in Copenhagen and across the summer there'll be a lot of productions across America."
"You can't escape the fact that there's a generation that has a huge emotional investment in the material, and that is an asset," he says of Disney's stage success.
Disney's Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, is now in its third smash year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street).
Aladdin opened to critical acclaim on March 20th, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years, already welcoming over 1.5 million people and breaking 11 New Amsterdam Theatre house records. Its global footprint expands with productions in Tokyo and Hamburg and upcoming productions in London, Sydney and the recently announced North American tour. NBC-TV raves "Aladdin is exactly what you wished for!" New York Magazine calls it "Musical comedy wish-fulfillment!" while The New York Times hails the show as "Fabulous... Extravagant! It defies expectations," and the Daily News declares, "Seriously, it's amazing!"
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, who makes history this spring as director-choreographer of four concurrent Broadway musicals.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride
Article reprinted with permission from www.BroadwayWorld.com
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