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Composer Alan Menken reflected on achieving Igot status

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On July 26, composer and lyricist Alan Menken officially became an Egot – a child, young adult, through his Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Original Song – an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award for the rare honor of joining 16 others, or Disney. ” Animated program for “Wings in Wings” from Rapunzel’s Jatla Adventure.

Menken spoke in honor of John Legend, Marvin Hamlesch and Robert Lopez. Diversity On its heels Its historic moment.

So কিভাবে how can it be EGOT?

I didn’t take it as a life goal, but I have to admit since it didn’t happen a few times later, so I thought it didn’t matter. When it finally happened and I got the call that I finally won, I was amazed at how excited I was. At some deeper level it certainly means something to me. It’s a clich, but there are so many reasons to accept the award, you have to take it with a grain of salt. “When will Menken get his ego?” We can move forward now.

When you started writing TV less than a decade ago, you described feeling like an outsider in the middle. But here you succeed in Broadway, film and TV.

I guess I’m becoming a veteran on TV by first working on “Sesame Street,” “Gallivant” and now “Tangle Cut”. I guess they finally said, “Give Menken his Amy Day” I don’t know how it works.

With your birthday the Amy win is neatly lined up.

I had a flood of emails, texts, calls and social media messages had I tried to reply to them all, so it’s a lot of “thank you a lot” “” I’m glad to hear from you “and it means a lot to me.

The business side of what we do is so much fuel in moments like this. People are excited and they want to know that you are excited. It’s a beautiful celebration of someone’s career and work and you can’t deny that it looks good.

Do you remember your previous Oscar experiences?

When is the story I love to tell [Howard Ashman and I] Was nominated [in 1986] From “Horror’s Little Shop” to “Outer Space to Min Green Mother”. I remember Dorothy Chandler going to the pavilion and being in the middle of this long line. I thought, “If we win, I’ll have to fight to get out of the queue. It’ll take me ten minutes to get to the isle.”

The year of “The Little Mermaid” [in 1990], My seat wasle was right and the expectation could most likely be a win. It was horrible. I remember coming up feeling like the donkey kicked me in the back. There was excitement. But that was the night when Howard sent me the news that he had AIDS and that the matter was acute.

It was an incredible time. It was this notion of this external experience of the body. Who was I here as this Broadway writer and how did I become an Oscar winner?

What about winning a Grammy for “The Little Mermaid” in 1991?

Going to the Grammy Awards was different. But the biggest Grammy win was the best winning song of the year [for “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin”] Because everyone was shocked. It was the feeling, “Really? Me?” We were with all these rock stars. It was a thrilling night. I think we were the only song that didn’t air live and that was our expectation of victory little we were against Meat Loaf, Billy Joel and Neil Young, so the win was incredible.

And taking Tony to “News” in 2012?

The prize I won for the previous one was an incredible hut to win Rajji so Tony.

And how do you feel about the state of the future theater when news of a closure like “Opera of Phantom” arrives in London?

It’s always going to be a winner. I’m sure things will start all over the world again, but I fear that coming back to our country will end. Not to mention the sense of entitlement around the “concept of freedom” is a sign of political division in our country. New York is doing great. We continue to be at the center of very low infection rates.

During this time, we continued to write shows and develop musical instruments. We also had a musical instrument where each actor was in their zoom window. They could see and hear each other. They can sing. So, we are finding new ways to write and develop shows. I expect that once this epidemic is over, many of the things we’ve learned to use during this time, will be a few key issues with how the tools will work for us.

What new project are you working on?

I’m excited about the projects I’m doing. I’m working on “Isolated” and a new “Beauty and the Beast” prequel, “Small Town” on. I’m also working on a new animated film “Spell” with John Lester. And I’m doing a bunch of Broadway shows.

And with Rob Marshall is “The Little Mermaid.”

I can’t wait to get it back.

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