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Alan Menken Wows With Impromptu Concert For The Dramatists Guild Fund

Alan Menken Wows With Impromptu Concert For The Dramatists Guild Fund
Andrew Lippa, Roe Green , Alan Menken, Kristin Anderson-Lopez, Rachael Routh

Andrew Lippa, Roe Green , Alan Menken, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Rachel Routh

On Saturday, Dec 3rd, at The TimesCenter (242 West 41st) a FREE preview screening from Prospects documentary film series, The Legacy Project for Dramatists Guild Fund. This series features conversations between the American Theater’s greatest writers as they exchange insights on craft and life in the arts. Saturday’s screening was A Conversation with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Alan Menken. The 75-minute long screening was insightful, entertaining and such a treat, but the highlight of the evening was an impruptu concert by Mr. Menken which included his greatest hits. Starting with A Bronx Tale, the medley included;  Beauty and The Beast, A Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Newsies. T2c is thrilled we got the entire concert on video and you can see it here.

Alan Menken

Alan Menken

Stephen Flaherty

Stephen Flaherty

Several prominent theatre writers were on hand to witness this wonderful evening.

Gretchen Cryer

Gretchen Cryer

Ms. Anderson-Lopez is took a break between performances of her new Broadway musical In Transit to introduce the film! Mr. Menken has just opened A Bronx Tale.

Andrew Lippa

Andrew Lippa

Dramatists Guild Fund President, Andrew Lippa and Executive Director Rachel Routh announce The Legacy Project: Volume III will be available to the public on YouTube beginning Tuesday, December 6.
Christine Toy-Johnson

Christine Toy-Johnson

Subscribe to The Dramatists Guild Fund on YouTube at:

Alan Menken, Roe Green

Roe Green, Alan Menken

Created by The Dramatists Guild Fund in 2009 and conceived by playwright Jonathan Reynolds, The Legacy Project documents and preserves the creative process of America’s most esteemed dramatists in a series of filmed conversations between prominent and promising playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists.

Micki Grant
The third volume of The Legacy Project, the first of the series available for free online, is possible with support from Roe Green, DGF Board member and President of the Roe Green Foundation.
Peter Ratray and Devin Ratray

Peter Ratray and Devin Ratray

“Thanks to Roe Green and her support of The Legacy Project, making Volume III free to the public on YouTube, students and writers of all ages will have access to the insights shared by some of our most influential writers in the American Theater.”

– Andrew Lippa, President of the Dramatists Guild Fund
Peter Ratray

Peter Ratray

“The Legacy Project has been such a valuable resource for students and an inspiration for writers across the country. I am proud to help The Dramatists Guild Fund continue this series and make it available on YouTube so we can all experience being in the room with Alan Menken, Tony Kushner, Gretchen Cryer, and the other master writers in Volume III.”
– Roe Green, DGF Board member and Executive Producer of The Legacy Project:Volume III
Andrew Lippa, Roe Green , Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Rachael Routh
VOLUME III Will Include:
GRETCHEN CRYER & NANCY FORD Interviewed By Georgia Stitt
CHRISTOPHER DURANG Interviewed By David Lindsay-Abaire
MICKI GRANT Interviewed By Charlayne Woodard
LARRY KRAMER Interviewed By George C. Wolfe
TONY KUSHNER Interviewed By Michael Friedman
JAMES LAPINE Interviewed By Lisa Kron
ALAN MENKEN Interviewed By Kristen Anderson-Lopez
STEPHEN SCHWARTZ Interviewed By Jeanine Tesori
JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY Interviewed By Stephen Adly Guirgis
JOHN WEIDMAN Interviewed By J.T. Rogers
Andrew Lippa, Roe Green , Alan Menken, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Rachel Routh

Andrew Lippa, Roe Green , Alan Menken, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Rachel Routh

Select episodes from Volume I & Volume II are available for rent or download on iTunes, while the full boxed set of DVDs are available for purchase on the Dramatists Guild Fund’s website.

Noah Zachary, Noah Himmelstein

Noah Zachary and Noah Himmelstein

Clips from the first two volumes of The Legacy Project are available to the public at

Prospect’s IGNITE Series concerts continues on Friday, December 16th, with a one-night-only show encore: the Off-Broadway hit musical Striking 12, by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin, and Valerie Vigoda, performed in an new version by a fantastic ensemble of actors, musicians, and actor-musicians! More info to come!

An initiative of The Dramatists Guild Fund, The Legacy Project documents and preserves the creative process of America’s most esteemed dramatists. The series of filmed conversations provide a unique window into the thinking of America’s most prominent and promising playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists. These videos serve to heighten awareness of writing and composing for the stage and are intended for an audience of students, historians, aficionados of the theatre, and the public in general.
The Legacy Project producers include Nancy Ford, Carol Hall, Peter Ratray and Jonathan Reynolds. The interviews are filmed and directed by Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest of Transient Pictures. The Dramatists Guild Fund’s Media Advisor is Leonard Majzlin.
The Legacy Project was originally conceived by Jonathan Reynolds.
The Legacy Project: Volume III  is made possible through the support of DGF Board Member Roe Green & The Roe Green Foundation.
The Dramatists Guild Fund is the public charity arm of the Dramatists Guild of America. Its mission is to aid and nurture writers for the theater; to fund nonprofit theaters producing contemporary American works; and to heighten awareness, appreciation, and support of theater across the country. Each year, DGF awards grants to non-profit theatrical organizations across the country that produce works by American writers, provides emergency aid to writers facing illness or other unforeseen circumstances, and supports numerous educational programs and writing development opportunities for dramatists.
For more information visit

This was a night at theatre that was inspiring and the reason we do what we do.

Alan Menken

Alan Menken

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