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MENKEN MIXTAPE Winners Announced!

April 29, 2016 by New York City Center

Enter City Center’s MENKEN MIXTAPE Challenge

Two years ago, New York City Center issued a challenge to cutting-edge producers, house/electronic musicians, spoken word artists, and music-makers of all styles: take any piece from Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George and remix it. Make it yours. Sample it. Adapt it. Run with it.

This July, Encores! Off-Center is reviving Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s 1979 musical God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. In honor of the show, we issued the same challenge using Alan Menken’s songbook as source material. Take any song with music by Menken and flip it on its head.

Winners will present their pieces before the opening night of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater at Encores! Off-Center for Alan Menken himself and will receive an honorarium of $200.

Challenge rules:
- Choose ANY song or piece of music by Alan Menken (Menken has approved this usage).
- Create your own take on the piece. All genres of music and performance are encouraged.
- You can sample audio to create a produced track, or you can use the material as the inspiration for a live composition or performance.
- New lyrics and text are permitted but are by no means required.
- Pieces must be no more than five minutes long.

UPDATE (July 14, 2016):

We’re thrilled to announce the four winners of our Menken Mixtape challenge! In these killer tracks, you’ll hear “Poor Unfortunate Souls” orchestrated as a stately Hungarian csárdás and “Part of Your World” rebooted as the “I want” song of a droid hellbent on becoming human. The Motown pastiche “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” becomes a gay club anthem of post-Orlando defiance, and “Stop and See Me” (a rarity from Menken’s 1992 musical Weird Romance) has been spliced with testimonials from today's homeless youth.

Congratulations to Nicolas Coburn, Brandon Michael Lowden, Simon McKenzie, and Jude Obermüller. Listen to their work below—and come to the Lobby Project on the opening night of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater to hear them perform their work for Alan Menken. (The live performance of “Stop. See.” will feature cast members from the ;Off-Center production of Runaways.)

The selection process was incredibly difficult, and we encourage you to continue to browse all of the submissions! There’s some astounding work here.

“Alan Menken – Mix Tape” Joseph Purdue
“Anyone But Me” Ryan McGovern and Assaf Gleizner
“Beauty and the Beast” (from Beauty and the Beast) Didier Martini
“Colors of the Wind” (from Pocahontas) Noam Galperin
“Dadsicle” His Dadjesty
Eliot, Sylvia, and Audrey at the WPA John Verderber
“Kiss the Girl” (from The Little Mermaid) Alan Schmuckler
“Kiss the Girl” (from The Little Mermaid) Gil Hunter
“A Little Menken Medley” Roxanne N. Rodriguez and Andrew C. Elsesser
“A More Menken-y World!” Andrea Dietrich
“Notre Dame” (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame) Cortical Music
“Ode to Am” Amanda DeLalla
“Old Blue World” (from Aladdin) Arden Rogow-Bales
“Out There” (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame) Daniel Green
“Seymour, Your Friend” (from Little Shop of Horrors) Nick Leyva
“Sheridan Square” Ashley Wool
“So Close” (from Enchanted) Joel B. New
"Tha Páei i Apóstasi” (from Hercules) Anthony Goats
“We’ll Have Tomorrow” (from Little Shop of Horrors) Josh Freilich
“When I’m At Her Table” (from Sister Act) Joe Major
“A Whole New World” (from Aladdin) Marissa Maynard
“Will the Sun Ever Shine Again” (from Home on the Range) Billy Butler