I don’t have kids so I’m excused from knowing anything about whatever it is Disney has been pumping into the minds of impressionable youth. But apparently, Disney+ has some heavy hitters creating content for housebound children, including newly minted EGOT, Alan Menken. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alan won his first-ever (competitive) Emmy for “best original song in a children’s, young adult or animated program” at yesterday’s Daytime Emmy awards (most of the awards were already presented last month). The song, Waiting in the Wings, is from the animated series Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure. I’m sure Patti LuPone sent him a very nice card that read “While I don’t particularly enjoy your little Disney songs, you are by far the greatest EGOT winner since Robert Lopez,” Robert being the last person to EGOT before Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2018 (along with Tim Rice and John Legend).
According to THR:
Composer Alan Menken on Sunday became the 16th person ever to achieve EGOT status.
He joins the small group of entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award.
This is not Menken’s first Emmy, but it is his first competitive Emmy. He received an honorary Primetime Emmy in 1990 for his work on “Wonderful Ways to Say No” from Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, an anti-drug special produced by the TV academy.
Menken also has won eight Oscars, with those wins coming for songs and scores from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Pocahontas. He also has won 11 Grammys, for his work on the aforementioned films. He won a Tony Award in 2012 for best original score for Newsies.
Here’s Alan’s winning song. Maybe it’s just my ancient ears but all these Disney songs are starting to sound the same to me. Does The Mouse keep Alan locked up in a basement chained to a piano screaming at him “THIS ONE’S FOR A BRUNETTE PRINCESS, GOT IT!?!”
While it’s a nice surprise to have Alan achieve EGOT with this win, there was no way Disney was going to lose. Apparently they’ve got an entire cadre of Alan replacements waiting in the wings to take his spot should he ever write something subversive like he did with Little Shop of Horrors back in his pre-Disney days.
In the category for which Menken won Sunday night, Disney dominated the nominees. The other four nominees were songs from Disney Channel’s Big Hero 6: The Series and Disney Junior’s Elena of Avalor, The Lion Guard and Vampirina.
Sending our biggest CONGRATULATIONS to our maestro @AIMenken for achieving EGOT status after winning Best Original Song at the #DaytimeEmmys for "Waiting in the Wings" from 'Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure alongside lyricist @SlaterLyrics! https://t.co/DhPdDeuRht pic.twitter.com/lqkmTp9top
— Disney Music (@DisneyMusic) July 27, 2020
Not to take away from Alan’s undeniably well-earned achievement but I would be remiss if I did not mention that the entire concept of EGOT was coined by one Philip Michael Thomas who was sure he would be EGOTing within five years of landing the role of Tubbs on Miami Vice. PMT may still be waiting on a nomination for any of the qualifying awards, but he does look like this now and has 11 kids.