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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Alan Menken

Alan Menken

Born: July 22, 1949, New Rochelle, New York

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(p.356) Alan Menken
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Show Tunes
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Steven Suskin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0033

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).

Keywords:   Alan Menken, Lehman Engel, Broadway musicals, musical theater, Howard Ashman

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