Little Town

Don’t trust Alan Menken with your secrets.

The famed composer, who just joined the rarified group of EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) winners, accidentally revealed the title for the Disney+ Beauty and the Beast prequel series for which he’s composing the music. The series, which stars Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou, will be called Little Town, named after the opening line in Beauty and the Beast‘s catchy small-town song “Bonjour.”
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alan menken egot

Only 16 people in history have achieved EGOT status, and Disney Legend Alan Menken has finally joined their ranks. The longtime Disney composer behind the scores and songs for films like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin has scored the coveted EGOT (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award) with a Daytime Emmy Award for Disney Channel’s Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.

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spellbound composer

Alan Menken can never take a break from being a Disney Legend, but the Oscar-winning composer and lyricist can take a break from scoring a Disney movie every now and then. Menken is lending his extraordinary talents to Skydance Animation’s upcoming Spellbound, an animated musical fantasy that sounds right up the composer’s wheelhouse.

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disney family singalong

We’re all in this together — from at least six feet apart. Disney has enlisted Disney Channel and Disney movie stars in a star-studded Disney Family Singalong set to air this week on ABC. The socially-distanced singalong event will reunite High School Musical stars Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens, along with other cast members of the beloved Disney Channel movie to perform “We’re All in This Together,” while mega-stars like Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato, Disney legends like Moana star Auli’i Cravalho and Alan Menken join in for a medley of Disney classics.

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beauty and the beast disney+ prequel songs

The Beauty and the Beast live-action prequel coming to Disney+ just became a whole lot more interesting with the confirmed involvement of Disney Legend Alan Menken. The composer behind the original Oscar-winning songs for Beauty and the Beast and a host of Disney animated classics revealed that he is working on music for the Beauty and the Beast prequel series, which is set to explore the origins of Gaston and LeFou.

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Little Mermaid remake soundtrack

Alan Menken, the legendary composer who is responsible for providing the scores for several Disney animated classics, was hard at work on the studio’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid when the coronavirus ground Hollywood to a halt. And while we already knew that the new movie would feature new music, we weren’t sure about exactly how much to expect. But now we know: the ebullient composer recently revealed that there will be four new songs for the film.

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Aladdin 2019

Despite going into Guy Ritchie‘s Aladdin with almost no hope whatsoever, I ended up being won over by the movie. Fans of the original Aladdin won’t be disappointed, and while I’ve grown to be somewhat cynical about Disney remaking its animated classics, this one justifies its existence by making some interesting updates while staying true to its characters.

This past weekend, I attended the Aladdin press conference in Beverly Hills, and amid all of the expected answers about singing and dancing, collaborating on set, and the importance of maintaining cultural authenticity, we learned a few things about the movie and the people who made it. Example: director Guy Ritchie was given the nickname “Cry Ritchie” by stars Will Smith and Naomi Scott on the set because he apparently cried when he saw good takes. Read More »

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the beloved Disney classic, the film is being released on 4K Ultra Blu-ray and Digital HD next month. Aside from getting the movie in the highest possible quality, fans will also be treated to some new special features, including a celebratory discussion and musical performance with composer Alan Menken and some of Disney’s most beloved leading ladies.

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Lin Manuel Miranda to Score The Little Mermaid Remake With Alan Menken

Lin-Manuel Miranda continues his streak as Disney’s darling, first jumping on the House of Mouse’s ship to co-write the songs to 2016’s animated Polynesian-set adventure, Moana. He then was announced as the co-lead of Mary Poppins Returns, the new sequel with Emily Blunt to the musical classic that originally starred Julie Andrews.

Now, Miranda is signing on to score the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid with one of his idols, and the original composer of the 1989 animated classic, Alan Menken.

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Disney’s 1991 Beauty and the Beast famously featured a pop version of the title song, performed by Céline Dion and Peabo Bryson and played over the end credits. In the upcoming live-action remake, that same honor will go to Ariana Grande and John Legend, as we learned last week. But it turns out Dion will have a place on the new soundtrack as well, singing an all-new tune written just for the movie. Read More »