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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 2, 2012 at 3:37PM

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...
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Alan Menken
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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.