Alan Menken is an award-winning composer, singer/songwriter and a musician who has a net worth of $10 Million. Menken gained his hefty net worth by producing notable musicals for Walt Disney which includes The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.
Manhattan-born Menken was a great lover of music from a very early age. When he attended college, Menken started out as a pre-med student, but later change to his first love-music. After college, he joined the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, which gave him the opportunity to perform in local clubs. Menken also worked as a composer, mainly producing jingles and songs.
Menken got his first big break with lyricist Howard Ashman to work on the 1970 Off-Broadway production, God Bless You, Mr Rosewater. This production was a success, but there were greater heights installed for Menken: His work for the 1982's Off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors, earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination.
Menken quickly became a notable composer as the following year he received a BMI Career Achievement Awards for his work for Little Shop of Horrors, God Bless You, Mr Rosewater plus many others.
Menken was involved in a musical version of Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol (1994.) The show was such a roaring success that it has become an annual holiday event in New York.
Despite his undeniable Broadway success, Menken is a saviour to Walt Disney as he is better known for his string of prominent musicals for their animated films. Over the last two decades, Menken produced music materials for Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and more recently Tangled (2010.). He also produced music for the film Enchanted (2007).
For his projects with Disney, Menken won eight Oscar awards, making him the only living person to achieve this. Menken has been Oscar nominated a total of nineteen times.
Furthermore, Menken received a Tony Award nomination for his work on Sister Act: the musical, which was premiered in Broadway on spring 2011.