GALAVANT: Songwriters Alan Menken and Glenn Slater – Exclusive Interview

Luke Youngblood as Sid, Karen David as Isabella, Timothy Omundson as King Richard, Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Mallory Jansen as Madalena, Vinnie Jones as Gareth and Ben Presley as Jester in GALAVANT - Season 2 | ©2016 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Tony- and multi-Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken is both theatre and motion picture musical royalty. Collaborating with the late Howard Ashman, he wrote the songs for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS,THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and ALADDIN. Following Ashman’s death in 1991, Menken has also worked with lyricists Stephen Schwartz and Tim Rice, but lately, he’s often teamed up with lyricist Glenn Slater on projects including Disney’s film TANGLED and the TV series THE NEIGHBORS. Now Menken and Slater are working together with writer Dan Fogelman on the TV musical comedy GALAVANT. The ABC series, now in its second season […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID: THE LEGACY COLLECTION soundtrack

THE LITTLE MERMAID: THE LEGACY COLLECTION soundtrack | ©2015 Walt Disney Records

Disney continues their exceptional series of hard-bound “Legacy Collection” releases with THE LITTLE MERMAID, the 1989 soundtrack, and film that really put the studio back above animated water, netting the fist of many best Song and Score Oscars for the LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS stage duo of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, whose hip energy was sought to awaken the studio from its animated doldrums with this now-classic adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fable – the first fairy tale for Disney since 1955s SLEEPING BEAUTY. What’s interesting about hearing the MERMAID in her complete, symphonic glory is just how […]Read On »

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GALAVANT creator/executive producer Dan Fogelman – exclusive interview

Timothy Omundson stars as King Richard in GALAVANT | © 2015 ABC/Bob D'Amico

GALAVANT, airing on ABC Sundays at 8 PM with two half-hour episodes airing each week for four weeks, is unique. This is partly because it is set entirely in a fairytale realm – unlike its network mate, ONCE UPON A TIME, which is set only partially in a fairytale realm – but mainly because it is a genuine musical. Our hero Galavant (Joshua Sasse), his lost love turned evil Queen Madalena (Mallory Jansen), the wicked but mellow King (Timothy Omundson) and everyone else bursts into songs written by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. ABC throws a party […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE HOUR creator Abi Morgan talks Season 2

Ben Whishaw in THE HOUR - Season 2 | ©2012 BBC America/Kudos/Joe Martin

THE HOUR is back for a second season on BBCA America. It’s now 1957 and we’re back in the offices and studios of the British news program “The Hour,” where producer Bel (Romola Garai), anchorman Hector (Dominic West) and journalist Freddie (Ben Whishaw) have all reconvened ten months after the harrowing events of the first season. Writer/producer Abi Morgan created THE HOUR, and also wrote the screenplay for last year’s feature film THE IRON LADY, which earned Meryl Streep another Best Actress Oscar for playing Margaret Thatcher. Morgan is present at the party BBC America is throwing for the Television […]Read On »

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