What is Alan Menken’s net worth, and how much does he earn per film?
Alan Menken: you’re familiar with him, and you enjoy his songs. Some of Disney’s most memorable songs from animated classics from the 1990s are composed by him. Menken must have amassed a sizable fortune by providing the soundtrack to so many of our childhoods. So, how much money does he have? And what does he get paid per film these days?
How did Alan Menken get his start at Disney?
You’ve probably heard Menken’s music even though you don’t know who he is. Menken and his late writing partner Howard Ashman collaborated on musicals in New York before being hired by Disney. Their first collaboration was the musical God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, but Little Shop of Horrors is their claim to fame as a music and lyrics duo.
It was the off-Broadway cult classic that drew Disney’s attention. After the success of Little Shop, Disney had Ashman come out to California to see what they were working on, according to the Howard documentary on Disney+. The Little Mermaid was the title of the film. It’s possible you’ve heard of it. Menken was brought on board the film by Ashman in order for them to work on “the last great place to do musicals”—animation.
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Alan Menken wrote what Disney songs?
Menken’s work isn’t limited to Disney animated films. He also gave them a ranking. Menken composed the music for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Tangled, the 2017 Beauty and the Beast, the 2019 Aladdin, and several other films.
All of the songs for The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast were written in collaboration by Menken and Ashman. Ashman died of AIDS on March 14, 1991, and Aladdin was his final film. The songs in Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and… were written by Menken in collaboration with Stephen Schwartz (The Prince of Egypt, Wicked). This is a condensed version of the plot. I hope you found it entertaining.