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The Best Musicals by Alan Menken

Updated October 13, 2018 398 votes 62 voters 1.5k views14 items

List RulesVote up the best Alan Menken musicals.

Alan Menken is one of the most revered composers in musical theater. Hs name is closely associated with the film scores for some of Disney’s most timeless films, including The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, but he’s had incredible hits on Broadway as well. This list of the best Alan Menken musicals is impressive, to say the least.

Alan Menken musicals are unforgettable. His melodies are among the most recognized by fans of musical theater. Top Alan Menken musicals and plays include Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, and the theater adaptations of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. But well before he ever hit the Great White Way, Menken was composing melodies on shows like Sesame Street!

Any Alan Menken musical or play list must include Newsies – who can see that show and not hum along? The same is true with another Menken musical, Sister Act. In addition to his Broadway hit shows, Alan Menken also composed for a couple of off-Broadway shows. They are included on this list. Vote them up if you’ve seen them, or heard his score, and agree.

Alan Menkin is so talented, he’s basically nominated for a Tony Award for every show he works on these days. Which one is the best? Time to decide!

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame1
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical based on the 1996 Disney film of the same name, which...  more
  • Newsies2
    Newsies The Musical is a Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 film...  more
  • Little Shop of Horrors3
    Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer...  more
  • Aladdin4
    Aladdin is a musical based on the 1992 Disney animated film of the same name with music by...  more
  • The Little Mermaid5
    The Little Mermaid is a stage musical produced by Disney Theatrical, based on the animated...  more
  • Beauty and the Beast6
    Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim...  more
  • Sister Act the Musical7
    Sister Act is a musical based on the hit 1992 film of the same name with music by Alan Menken,...  more
  • A Christmas Carol8

    A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and book by...  more
  • A Bronx Tale: The Musical9
    A Bronx Tale is a musical based on the play by the same name with a book by Chazz Palminteri,...  more
  • The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz10

    The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

  • King David11

    King David

    King David is a musical, sometimes described as a modern oratorio, with a book and lyrics by...  more
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater12
    God Bless You Mr. Rosewater is a play by Howard Ashman....  more
  • Leap of Faith13

    Leap of Faith

    Leap of Faith is a stage musical based on the 1992 American movie of the same name, which...  more
  • Weird Romance14

    Weird Romance

    Weird Romance is a play by Alan Brennert....