Even though we can’t get into our favorite cosplay outfits and go to some of our favorite conventions in person, we’ve been able to participate in lots of exciting virtual events from the comfort of our own homes!
We’ve even seen several exciting virtual events hosted by The Walt Disney Family Museum. Another special event is being hosted this Thursday, August 6th, and if you’re a fan of Alan Menken, Disney music, and Lin-Manuel Miranda — you’ll definitely want to check this out!!
This Thursday, August 6th, The Walt Disney Family Museum will be hosting “An Evening with Alan Menken,” which is a virtual fundraising event celebrating Disney Legend Alan Menken, and featuring Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda! Alan Menken is an Oscar®-, Grammy®-, Emmy®-, Tony®-, and Golden Globe®-winning composer and songwriter.
Even if you don’t recognize the name “Alan Menken” immediately, you will certainly recognize the Disney movies he’s helped create songs and scores for including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Newsies, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted, and Tangled. Alan Menken has also helped create music, songs, and scores for stage musicals, films, and television shows including Sesame Street and Tangled: The Series.
The event will be streamed live on Thursday and presented in two parts.
First, beginning at 5PM PST, there will be a paid fundraising program that includes a VIP chat called “Up Close and Personal with Alan Menken”. In this VIP chat session, Alan Menken will be joined by music producer Chris Montan, who is a long-time friend and collaborator of his. Together, they will discuss Alan Menken’s long and incredibly impactful career.
Tickets for this VIP chat session start at $200. There are also some tiered ticket and sponsorship options for those who are feeling very generous, with various benefits including the opportunity to receive exclusive Disney artwork and even special Beauty and the Beast appetizer and cocktail recipes!
Then, at 5:30PM PST there will be a free performance by Alan Menken, where he will showcase some of the most legendary Disney songs he has helped create, including “Be Our Guest,” “A Whole New World,” and “Under the Sea”. Some of Alan Menken’s other incredible songs from films and Broadway will also been featured in this performance. Alan Menken will also be joined by actor, singer, and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda during this portion of the event.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken are actually currently working together to develop new music for the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid! While you can attend this live performance virtually for free, you must register for the event at The Walt Disney Family Museum website.
In order to attend the VIP chat or the free performance, you need to register by Wednesday, August 5 at 12PM PST.
Proceeds from this virtual fundraising event will support The Walt Disney Family Museum’s education programs, as well as The Walt Disney Family Museum’s At-Promise Youth Animation Academy initiative. The At-Promise Youth Animation Academy initiative helps provide training in animation to local high school students who are experiencing economic and social displacement.
Music, VIP chats, and supporting a good cause — sounds like a wonderful night to us! The free performance section reminds us a lot of that fantastic One Man Show Alan Menken performed at D23 Expo 2017. We are so looking forward to hearing some of our very favorite classic Disney songs performed by the man who helped create them, and of course it never hurts to see Lin-Manuel Miranda too!
Will you be registering for this special event? Let us know in the comments!