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.
Songs from Little Pinks performed by:
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 has been writing for the musical theatre since
she arrived in Stratford in 1985. She has written or contributed lyrics to
seven musicals, and numerous reviews and song cycles. With husband Scott
Wentworth and composer Craig Bohmler, she wrote Gunmetal Blues and Enter
the Guardsman. Both were produced off-Broadway and Enter the Guardsman
in the West End as well (Olivier Award nomination for Best New Musical). Gunmetal
Blues has been produced across North America and Europe; Enter the
Guardsman was the most produced new musical in the U.S.A. in the 2001-2002
season and enjoyed a full-season run at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Marion
is a winner of the prestigious Kleban Award for her body of work as a lyricist.
At the Stratford Festival she has written lyrics for Pericles (2015) and
The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019).