Alan Menken has the most Oscars of anyone living with eight crowding his mantle. And he has collected 11 Grammys as well as a Tony. All that is missing from his awards collection is an Emmy and he could well win one of those this year for the tunes that he wrote for the ABC laffer “The Neighbors.”
Watch him dish that gig as well as his string of wins with editor Chris Beachum in the video below.
Menken, who sits second to Alfred Newman (9) for most music wins at the Oscars, claimed Best Original Score four times — “The Little Mermaid” (1989), “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “Aladdin” (1992), and “Pocahontas” (1995).
In addition, he composed the music for the four Best Song champs that featured in those films — “Under the Sea,” the title track from “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Whole New World” and “Colors of the Wind” respectively.
Those four tunes as well as “I See The Light” from “Tangled” (2011) won Grammys for Best TV/Movie Song. “Mermaid,” “Beast” and “Aladdin” all won Best Children’s Recording, the first two claimed Instrumental Composition and “A Whole New World” took Song of the Year.
While Menken began his career composing Off-Broadway musicals, it took till 2012 before he won a Tony Award for his original score to the Broadway hit “Newsies.”
Besides Menken, there are four other fellows — all of them music makers — who have Grammys, Oscars and Tonys but no Emmys. Find out who they are in the photo gallery at the bottom of this post.