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Alan Menken Receives Max Steiner Award

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Acclaimed composer and songwriter Alan Menken was moved and speechless after a magic ride of concert festivities that culminated with standing ovations by Viennese audiences, while he received the Max Steiner Achievement Award by the City of Vienna. The award was handed to Alan by Viennese City Councillor Peter Hanke and Hollywood in Vienna Founder Sandra Tomek. The ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Kosarin and musical performers led by Broadway’s Susan Egan and Adam Jacobs performed during a brilliant and elegant concert in Menken’s honor.

“Over the years I received many awards, but my stay in Vienna and this very special night are truly magical for me. It’s a huge honor which fills me with pride to now be associated with Max Steiner, the father of film music. I love Vienna. Thanks, Sandra [Tomek],” said the emotional awardee.

City Counselor Peter Hanke said: “Tonight we honor a genius composer of film music. Someone who brought to life magical sea creatures, princesses, flying carpets, and numerous other figures and stories through his beautiful melodies and songs. It fills me with pride, that we have the opportunity to honor Alan Menken in Vienna and I thank and congratulate Hollywood in Vienna founder Sandra Tomek and her team for this wonderful and important concert event and award show, which celebrated its tenth anniversary this year.”

Alan Menken’s music, songs, and scores have become an integral part of the fabric of our lives since his first works were produced nearly 40 years ago.  His stage musicals include God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Atina: Evil Queen of the Galaxy, Real Life Funnies, Little Shop of Horrors, Kicks, The Dream on Royal Street, Beauty and The Beast, A Christmas Carol, Weird Romance, King David, The Little Mermaid, Sister Act, Leap of Faith, Newsies, Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, A Bronx Tale and Hercules.  Song and score credits for film musicals include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast (Animated), Newsies, Aladdin (Animated), Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, The Shaggy Dog, Home on the Range, Enchanted, Tangled, Mirror Mirror and Beauty and the Beast (Live Action), Howard and  Aladdin (Live Action). Individual songs for the film include Rocky V – “The Measure of a Man”, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – “My Christmas Tree”, Life With Mikey – “Cold Enough to Snow”, Noel – “Winter Light”, Captain America: First Avenger – “Star Spangled Man” and Sausage Party – “The Great Beyond”.  Television credits include writing songs for Sesame Street, the ABC mini-series Lincoln, a musical episode of The Neighbors, the ABC series Galavant and the Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series.  His chart-topping songs have included “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Whole New World”, “Colors of the Wind” and “Go the Distance”. Winner of the 2012 Tony and Drama Desk awards for his score for Newsies, he has won more Academy Awards than any other living individual, including eight Oscars® with 4 for Best Score and 4 for Best Song; 11 Grammy® Awards (including Song of the Year for “A Whole New World”); 7 Golden Globes; London’s Evening Standard Award; the Olivier Award; the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award.  Other notable achievements include induction as a Member (2008) in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame followed by receiving the lifetime achievement acknowledgment of the Johnny Mercer Award (2017); Billboard’s number one single (“A Whole New World”) and number one album (Pocahontas).  In 2001 he received the distinction of being named a Disney Legend.  Awarded two doctorates in Fine Arts from New York University and the North Carolina School of the Arts.  In 2010 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Recent live concert appearances include Hollywood Bowl, Segerstrom Center and Royal Albert Hall, Budokan, Osaka-jo Hall,  Maihama Amphitheatre,  Tuacahn, and Chicago Auditorium.  Upcoming: The Little Mermaid (Live Version) film.

Hollywood in Vienna was founded in 2007 by Sandra Tomek (Tomek Productions). The symphonic gala concert celebrates classic and current masterpieces of film music. During the course of the gala concert, the City of Vienna awards one of today’s leading film music composers with the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award. The Viennese composer Max Steiner belongs to the most influential pioneers in the history of Hollywood movies and scored all-time classics like King KongGone with the Wind, and Casablanca. The award is meant to be a symbol of recognition for exceptional achievements in the art of film music.

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