Menken and lyricist-librettist Howard Ashman penned the Off-Broadway smash 20 years ago, inspired by the B-grade horror film of the same name. The show didn't have a Broadway run, but became a Hollywood movie directed by Frank Oz. The Broadway bow of the musical comedy is currently playing the Virginia Theatre, toward an opening of Oct. 2.
Menken and Ashman went on to write songs for animated Disney projects such as Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. Ashman died of AIDS related causes in 1991.