Portrait of a Collaboration


Lobby, Festival Theatre
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Portrait of a Collaboration: Alan Menken & Marion Adler

Sunday, October 13, 7:30–9:30 p.m., Festival Theatre Lobby

Alan Menken, celebrated composer of Little Shop of Horrors and such Disney classics as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, and company member Marion Adler talk about their long-time partnership and their musical collaboration Little Pinks, based on the Damon Runyon short story of the same name. This intimate concert features songs from Little Pinks performed by members of the company, and a discussion with the creators on the joys and challenges of writing new musicals.


Alan Menken

Legendary composer Alan Menken has created some of the most beloved songs and musical scores of our time, with his unique voice as a composer capturing the imagination of audiences for over 35 years. Known for his music on stage and screen, he is noted for his multiple works with the Walt Disney company (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin), as well as Broadway stage musicals Sister Act and Little Shop of Horrors. With eight Academy Awards, Alan has received more Oscars than any living person, and is the recipient of numerous other awards including Golden Globes, Grammys, Drama Desk Awards, and a Tony Award.


Marion Adler

2019: Grandma Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical, lyricist for The Merry Wives of Windsor and a member of the Lab Ensemble. Ninth season. Stratford: Lady Markby in An Ideal Husband, Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cicero, Volumnius in Julius Caesar, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Gabrielle in The Madwoman of Chaillot, Diana in and lyricist for The Adventures of Pericles. Elsewhere: Paulina and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Queen Marguerite in Exit the King, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Philaminte in The Learned Ladies, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Emilia in Othello, Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part 2 (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Et cetera: In addition to acting, Ms Adler is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning lyricist.

Support for the Forum is generously provided by Kelly & Michael Meighen and The T.R. Meighen Family Foundation.

Funded in part by the Government of Ontario

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