Aladdin composer Alan Menken says he does not write children's songs

Alan Menken is behind the music of some of the most beloved animated musicals in the Disney pantheon, including The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty And The Beast (1991) and Pocahontas (1995), and has a whopping eight Oscars to his name.
Alan Menken is behind the music of some of the most beloved animated musicals in the Disney pantheon, including The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty And The Beast (1991) and Pocahontas (1995), and has a whopping eight Oscars to his name.PHOTO: LISA CROSBY

SINGAPORE - Aladdin, which flies into Singapore as a stage musical later this month, promises to be a shining, shimmering spectacle.

While the hit Broadway show - based on the 1992 animated Disney musical of the same name - may be full of upbeat, tongue-in-cheek songs, several of these belie the grim reality in which they were originally written.

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