Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken Set to Perform Together at the D23: Expo
Disney Legends Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken – two of the world’s most celebrated songwriters and composers – will take the stage at this year’s D23 Expo 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken: The Disney Songbook.
Sherman and Menken have composed music and songs for more than three dozen Disney feature films and more than two dozen Disney Park attractions, in addition to half a dozen Disney musicals on Broadway.
Sherman, along with his brother Robert B. Sherman, is responsible for some of the most recognized and beloved Disney songs, and during their careers wrote more than 200 songs for 27 films and two dozen television programs. They won two Oscars for their work on Mary Poppins, and also contributed to films including The Parent Trap, The Jungle Book, and the Winnie the Pooh series. Guests at Disney theme parks hear their songs on attractions such as it’s a small world, Carousel of Progress, and in Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Currently, Richard is working on a stage musical based on The Jungle Book.
Menken has won eight Academy Awards, more than other living person. He is responsible for the songs and scores from some of the best-known films including Aladdin, Pocahontas, Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Enchanted, and Tangled. He won two Oscars for each of the following films: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas. He also won a 2012 Tony Award for Newsies.
“I can’t express how excited I am that my esteemed friend Alan Menken and I will be sharing the same bill for the very first time,” said Sherman. “Alan is an incredible talent, and I know we’re both thrilled to be performing for Disney’s most ardent fans—they’re the best and I can’t wait to be a part of what promises to be a very special night for all of us.”
The concert is set for August 10 and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis in the D23 Expo Arena which seats 4,000 people. The concert will also be simulcast into a 2,000 seat overflow area in the Convention Center.