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Alan honored with SCL Lifetime Achievement Award

The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) honored Alan with the SCL’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

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Watch THE LITTLE MERMAID Live! on ABC tonight

Live musical performances by a star-studded cast is interwoven into the broadcast of the animated classic.

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Whoopi Goldberg to star in SISTER ACT stage musical

Returning to the role of Deloris Van Cartier for the 2020 London production next spring.

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Second Nation Tour of A BRONX TALE launches

The 2019–2020 North American tour of the Broadway musical A Bronx Tale launches today, featuring American Idol winner Nick Fradiani

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS opens off-Broadway

Jonathan Groff and Tammy Blanchard star in the Michael Mayer-helmed production at the Westside Theatre.

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HERCULES is Critic's Pick

The Public Works/Public Theatre's production of the new stage version of Hercules receives glowing reviews.

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ALADDIN opens worldwide

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Animated Film Musical - 1997

Zero to Hero
Alan's thoughts
“Hercules” represented many important things to me, when it was offered to me in 1995. It was my first collaboration with David Zippel, a brilliant lyricist who I’d wanted to write a musical with since we’d met in the early 80’s. It was a return to working with John Musker and Ron Clements, with whom I’d written “Mermaid” and “Aladdin”. And it was my first opportunity working with Greek mythology in a musical context.

When we started out I was thinking we would write a very classically influenced score; thus the musical style of our lamented cut song, “Shooting Star”. But the request from John and Ron was to have this be a “gospel” score. I asked them “Why gospel?” And their logic was, “Gospel music is written to sing about God, just as our Hero is one of “the gods”. Okay… I was skeptical. But I was game to try anything. In the end, I think that choice worked well.

  • The Gospel Truth
  • The Gospel Truth II
  • The Gospel Truth III
  • Go the Distance
  • Go the Distance (Reprise)
  • One Last Hope
  • Zero to Hero
  • I Won't Say
  • A Star is Born
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Behind the music of Hercules