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North Salem’s Menken Wins Tony for Best Musical Score

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – North Salem composer Alan Menken, along with his lyricist, Jack Feldman, received a 2012 Tony Award Sunday for Best Musical Score for their current Broadway production, “Newsies.”

The show’s choreographer, Christopher Gattelli, also won a Tony for Best Choreography.

The Broadway production of “Newsies” was a reworking of the 1992 Disney film of the same name. In his acceptance speech at the ceremony, Menken said, “This has been an incredible, improbable journey for “Newsies,” a movie that made nothing at the box office and was considered one of the worst films of the year.”

Menken thanked the many people who were involved in the transformation of the film into a stage production and also thanked his daughters, Anna and Nora, for their encouragement and support. Those who attended the Schoolhouse Theater’s recent production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” had the opportunity to enjoy Nora Menken’s portrayal of Olivia in a rare local professional appearance.

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