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Alan Menken on live-action The Little Mermaid: 'It's all a blend of Menken-Miranda'

The film is coming soon and currently shooting

Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Alan Menken has spilled all on the new episode on the eleven podcast.

The multi-award-winning composer, who has worked on some legendary films and stage shows in his time, has provided an update on his plethora of projects.

Firstly discussing his new sequel to hit Disney film Enchanted, Menken said: "The sequel to Enchanted was basically started during the pandemic and now ready to start filming." Amy Adams will return for the musical feature.

He also discussed working with Lin-Manuel Miranda to bring The Little Mermaid to the live-action big screen: "There is some rapping in it and I really can't take much credit for the rap aspect of it. Yeah, there's some rapping in it, there's some very Menken songs, there's some very Miranda songs. But it's all the blend of Menken-Miranda.

"I love him, I love working with him. I'm glad we had the opportunity to do that and he's also a producer on the movie but Lin juggles a lot of things, as I do, so we will have occasional contact. Right now it's in the hands of the amazing Rob Marshall and as we speak they are in London right now filming."

Menken had a lot of love for Halle Bailey, who will be taking on the lead role of Ariel: "Oh my gosh, she is adorable and so talented. I met Halle at the recording sessions… I did have to be educated in terms of what she and her sister do together, which is incredible. She is an amazing talent, a beautiful girl, and I got to meet her family."

Joining Bailey are Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, Javier Bardem as King Triton, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, with Awkwafina as Scuttle, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder and Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric.

Finally, the Beauty and the Beast composer teased his work on a stage version of Night at the Museum saying: "I completed a musical of Night at the Museum which is now in discussion with directors, and when the pandemic ends we are ready to go."

Menken was talking on the new episode of eleven, streaming now at

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