Composer Alan Menken Over-Achieving in March with Three Broadway Musicals and (Woeful-Looking) 'Mirror Mirror'

by Beth Hanna
March 2, 2012 3:37 PM
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Alan Menken

Though Relativity Media's "Mirror Mirror" looks like an embarrassing made-for-the-Disney-channel movie from the mid '90s, the film's original score still marks composer Alan Menken's fourth accomplisment in March (he also has three musicals on Broadway this month, "Leap of Faith," "Newsies" and "Sister Act: The Musical"). Regardless of what the music for "Mirror Mirror" sounds like, it's hard to begrudge the man who, along with lyricist Howard Ashman, gave us "Under the Sea" and "Be Our Guest."

Menken, who recently won the Grammy for Best Original Song for "Tangled," is the composer behind Disney's animation renaissance in the late '80s and early '90s, composing and songwriting for "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin." Menken has won eight Oscars (a precedent), seven Golden Globes and eleven Grammys.

"Mirror Mirror," one of the two Snow White revamps coming to theaters in 2012, stars Lily Collins as the wide-eyed fair-as-snow maiden, Julia Roberts as the vain queen, Armie Hammer as Prince Charming and Nathan Lane as some -- most likely unfortunate -- "comic" relief. The woeful trailer is below.

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  • cadavra | March 2, 2012 6:36 PMReply

    Interesting that Roberts' name is nowhere to be found on any trailer and one-sheet. She must really be turning into box-office poison.

    Lane is the ONLY reason I'll be enduring this, and even he seems less than enthused: the other night on Letterman, he cracked that "it's a story that was crying out to be retold."

  • Sebastian | March 2, 2012 4:35 PMReply

    Those are the three BEST Disney animated films--especially in terms of memorable songs--in my humble opinion. Though I am partial to Phil Collins' work on "Tarzan". Thanks for the article!

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