Video: Glee's Darren Criss Serenades a Stunned Alan Menken @ Billboard TV & Film Conference
Video: Glee's Darren Criss Serenades a Stunned Alan Menken @ Billboard TV & Film Conference

Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who wrote the scores for "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin" and many others, is this year's Billboard/THR TV & Film Conferences' Maestro Award recipient. During a live interview with Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde yesterday (Oct. 24), "Glee" Darren Criss made a surprise appearance acoustic guitar in hand and proceeded to serenade Menken.

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What shared history do the two have? Well, Menken once handed a hundred dollar tip to a college kid doing an acoustic medley of his songs at a coffee shop. These days that "kid" is better known as Darren Criss.

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Watch the video below as Criss takes some rather radical lyrical liberties with Menken's songs joking about his "handsome royalty checks" and plethora of Oscars before performing a duet with Lea Salonga. And head here for more photos and a complete report on Criss' performance.