Alan Menken (born July 22, 1949 in New Rochelle, New York, United States) is an American musical theatre and film composer, and pianist. Menken has collaborated with several renowned lyricists including Howard Ashman
(1950-1991), Tim Rice
and Stephen Schwartz
. For his work he has won eight Academy Awards as well as ten additional nominations. His best known work includes the Disney animated movies, The Little Mermaid
, Beauty and the Beast
and The Hunchback of Notre Dame
, as well as Little Shop of Horrors
and most recently, Sister Act the Musical.