The Greatest Showman songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul penned new lyrics for Disney’s upcoming live-action Aladdin, they reported on Sunday’s Oscars red carpet. They went home empty-handed this year after losing to Coco‘s Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, but won an Oscar last year for writing La La Land‘s ‘City of Stars.
They also announced they will be collaborating with Alen Menken to write 2 new songs for ‘Aladdin’.
“We’re really thrilled that we got to collaborate with one of our heroes, Alan Menken, and we collaborated with him and wrote the lyrics for two new songs for Aladdin that’s coming out next year,” Pasek said. “Just being in the studio with him and getting to suck him dry for all the stories he would tell us and pick his brain about it, we probably delayed work for several weeks just trying to be like, ‘tell us about Ariel, tell us about Ursula.’ We freaked out, so we’re really excited for that, and really thrilled to be a part of the Disney family, too.”
Composer Alan Menken is best known for scoring several prominent Disney animated features, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules and Tangled.
Most recently, Menken returned to score and provide new music for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast musical, a re-imagining inspired by the 1991 animated film.
Aladdin flies into theaters May 24, 2019.
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