Alan Menken to Compose Score for Relativity's Snow White Film 'Mirror Mirror'

Alan Menken, "The Star Spangled Man" ("Captain America")
<p>Says Menken: &quot;People are always saying, &#39;Could you do Beauty and the Beast again, a little slower?&#39; But what keeps it interesting is doing something different. This is the first time I&#39;ve done a one-off.&quot;</p>   |   Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
The composer was behind the scores and songs from 1990s classic Disney animated movies including "The Little Mermaid."

Alan Menken, the man behind the scores and songs from early 1990s classic Disney animated movies such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, has been tapped to compose the score for Relativity’s Snow White project Mirror Mirror.

Menken is an eight-time Oscar winner for his musical work, which also includes Pocahontas, Hercules, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and more recently Tangled. Among his live-action work are Little Shop of Horrors and Newsies. He worked with lyricists Howard Ashman and Stephen Schwartz on many of the acclaimed songs.

“Despite my love of musicals, of both the stage and film variety, my most intense composing experience actually comes from scoring a movie,” said Menken in Relativity’s announcement. “The contained period of time when I spend my days and nights living within every fraction of a second of a motion picture is an exquisite combination of being totally at the service of a director's vision and yet in a powerful position to influence and interpret the meaning of the film.

Tarsem Singh is directing the movie, which stars Julia Roberts and Lily Collins and opens March 16, 2012.