Karen Ziemba, Tituss Burgess, Maury Yeston and More to Honor Alan Menken Oct. 21

By Adam Hetrick
22 Sep 2012

Encompass New Opera Theatre will honor Tony and Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken in an Oct. 21 ceremony, featuring appearances by Karen Ziemba, Tituss Burgess, Maury Yeston and Lindsay Mendez.



Held at the National Arts Club, the evening begins with cocktails at 6 PM, followed by a 7 PM performance celebrating Menken's life and career in the theatre. Sheldon Harnick and Maury Yeston are the honorary chairs for the event.

The evening promises performances and recollections by Ziemba (Contact, Curtains), Burgess (The Little Mermaid), Yeston (Nine, Grand Hotel) and Mendez (Dogfight), as well as Tony-winning Newsies lyricist Jack Feldman; Tony-nominated Sister Act and Leap of Faith lyricist Glenn Slater; on Raines (Follies); and Klea Blackhurst and Jason Graae.

The music director/pianist is Beth Ertz, who will be joined by John Miller on bass.

Alan Menken has earned eight Academy Awards, ten Grammys, seven Golden Globes and a 2012 Tony Award for Newsies. His works for the stage include Sister Act, A Leap of Faith, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Weird Romance and A Christmas Carol.

Menken's Academy Award-winning compositions include "Under the Sea" from Disney's "The Little Mermaid," "A Whole New World" from "Aladdin," the title song from "Beauty and the Beast" and "Colors of the Wind" from "Pocahontas." His screen musicals also include "Newsies," "Hercules," "Enchanted" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" which was later adapted for the stage.

All tickets are $350.00. For tickets phone (718) 398-4675. The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South.