Songwriter Alan Menken Tells Which of His Disney Films He'd Like To See on Broadway Next

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His Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Newsies were adapted to the stage.
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Oscar- and Tony-winning composer Alan Menken has seen many of his movie musicals adapted for Broadway, including Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Newsies.

So what should come next?

In London for the first preview of Aladdin, Menken told, “I’d love to see Hercules —and Enchanted. They're both projects that I think would translate really well.”

You might expect that he'd say that about all his film musicals, but not so. He reportedly can't see 1995's Pocahontas making the transition. “I don't know how that would translate,” Menken said.

"You can't escape the fact that there's a generation that has a huge emotional investment in the material—and that is an asset," he told the website.

A Disney spokesperson told he knew of no current plans to adapt the Menken films. The company is currently preparing a stage adaptation of another animated film musical, Frozen, which has music by others.

Menken's numerous musical films also include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (adapted to the stage, but not yet on Broadway), Tangled and an adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors. He also composed songs for the TV series Galavant.

Aladdin, now in its third year on Broadway, begins at the Prince Edward Theatre in London May 27.

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