Alan Menken to Receive Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award – Billboard
Alan Menken is ultimately is set to receive the Max Steiner Film Achievement Award at the Hollywood Gala in Vienna on September 24, more than two and a half years after the award was first announced.
Menken was announced as the recipient on February 29, 2020, just days before the COVID-19 pandemic put those gatherings on hold for a very long time. But now it’s back: Stars from Broadway and the West End will pay tribute to the eight-time Oscar winner at the 13th Hollywood in Vienna. The event will be held at the Vienna Concert Hall (Wiener Konzerthaus) over two nights – September 23 for a concert and September 24 for a concert and award ceremony where Menken will receive the City of Vienna Award .
Adam Jacobs, who received a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for Aladdinwill perform alongside Trevor Dion Nicholas, Celinde Schoenmaker, Christine Allado and Bongiwe Happiness Malugna.
Disney+ will stream the gala event worldwide (alongside Austrian Broadcasting ORF) for the first time – a sign of Menken’s importance to the Disney brand. In 2001, Menken was named a Disney Legend.
“I am truly honored to receive the prestigious Max Steiner Award this year,” Menken said in a statement (recycled from 2020 for understandable reasons). “And I feel humbled to have my name and my work associated with the brilliant and legendary Max Steiner himself. The way his creative life moved from theater to film to the concert stage, even as his life personal experience took him from Austria to England and from Broadway to Hollywood, is an inspiration to all of us who follow in his footsteps nearly 50 years after his passing. And to receive this award in Vienna, the world capital of classical music, promises to make it one of the highlights of my life and career.
Hollywood in Vienna was founded in 2007 by Sandra Tomek (Tomek Productions), who said in a statement: “Alan Menken wrote the tunes we’ve listened to growing up since. The little Mermaid at The beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. And now our children are hearing those tunes again thanks to Disney’s live-action adaptations of those films. Alan wrote melodies known around the world and loved by generations.
Menken amassed eight Oscars in seven years (1989-95). It won Best Original Score for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas and Best Original Song with songs from those same films (“Under the Sea”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Whole New World”, and “Colors of the Wind”, respectively).
Menken’s tally of eight Oscars is more than any other living individual. It’s just a short of the record for a musician (living or dead). Alfred Newman has won nine landmark Oscars.
In 2020, Menken became the 16th individual to become an EGOT. In addition to his eight Oscars, he won 11 Grammys (including Song of the Year for “A Whole New World”), a Tony (Best Original Score for News) and a Daytime Emmy (Outstanding Original Song in a Children’s, Young Adult, or Animated Program for a Song by Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure).
Menken was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008 and received that organization’s highest award, the Johnny Mercer Award, in 2017.
Menken’s other accolades include seven Golden Globes, the Olivier Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Drama Desk Award.
The Max Steiner Film Music Award is presented annually by the city of Vienna to renowned film music composers. Past winners include Gabriel Yared (2019), Hans Zimmer (2018), Danny Elfman (2017), Alexander Desplat (2016), James Newton Howard (2015), Randy Newman (2014), James Horner (2013), Lalo Schifrin ( 2012), Alan Silvestri (2011), Howard Shore (2010) and John Barry (2009).
Steiner scored classics such as King Kong, carried away by the wind and casablanca. The Vienna-born composer received Oscars for music Now Traveler (1942) and Since you’ve been Gone (1944). He died in 1971 at the age of 83.