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Composer Alan Menken Over-Achieving in March with Three Broadway Musicals and (Woeful-Looking) ‘Mirror Mirror’

Composer Alan Menken Over-Achieving in March with Three Broadway Musicals and (Woeful-Looking) 'Mirror Mirror'

Though Relativity Media’s “Mirror Mirror” looks like an embarrassing made-for-the-Disney-channel movie from the mid ’90s, the film’s original score still marks composer Alan Menken’s fourth accomplisment in March (he also has three musicals on Broadway this month, “Leap of Faith,” “Newsies” and “Sister Act: The Musical”). Regardless of what the music for “Mirror Mirror” sounds like, it’s hard to begrudge the man who, along with lyricist Howard Ashman, gave us “Under the Sea” and “Be Our Guest.”

Menken, who recently won the Grammy for Best Original Song for “Tangled,” is the composer behind Disney’s animation renaissance in the late ’80s and early ’90s, composing and songwriting for “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.” Menken has won eight Oscars (a precedent), seven Golden Globes and eleven Grammys.

“Mirror Mirror,” one of the two Snow White revamps coming to theaters in 2012, stars Lily Collins as the wide-eyed fair-as-snow maiden, Julia Roberts as the vain queen, Armie Hammer as Prince Charming and Nathan Lane as some — most likely unfortunate — “comic” relief. The woeful trailer is below.

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