Completing stage musical versions of "The Little Mermaid", "Leap of Faith" and "Sister Act". Working with Disney on the film Enchanted (2007). [June 2006]
Has won more Academy awards then any other living composer in Oscar history (Alfred Newman received nine but passed away in 1970). He has won the following eight: Best Original Score for The Little Mermaid (1989), Best Song for The Little Mermaid (1989) ("Under The Sea"), Best Original Score for Beauty and the Beast (1991), Best Original Song for Beauty and the Beast (1991) ("Beauty and the Beast"), Best Original Score for Aladdin (1992), Best Original Song for Aladdin (1992)("A Whole New World"), Best Musical or Comedy Score for Pocahontas (1995) and Best Original Song for Pocahontas (1995) ("Colors of the Wind"). He has also received eleven other nominations.
Plays piano, violin, guitar and accordian.
Educated at New York University
Appeared as part of a cast/crew panel discussion at the premiere of a revival/promotional screening of the 1989 Disney classic The Little Mermaid (1989) at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on September 7th, 2006. [September 2006]