Menken was born in New York City. Remarkably, the same is true of six other EGOTS.
Alan Menken won a Daytime Emmy on July 26, which makes him the 16th EGOT. He won for composing “Waiting in the Wings” for the Disney Channel series Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure. The tune won outstanding original song in a children’s, young adult or animated program. The song, with lyrics by Glenn Slater, was performed in the series Eden Espinosa and Hudson D'Andrea.
Menken is the third of the 16 EGOT winners whose only Emmy is a Daytime Emmy, not a Primetime Emmy, which are higher-profile awards. Whoopi Goldberg and Robert Lopez have also won only Daytime Emmys—two each, in both cases. Goldberg won for co-hosting The View (2009) and hosting Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel (2002), about the pioneering performer who was the first African American to receive an Oscar nomination (and an award). Lopez won twice for outstanding achievement in music direction and composition for Wonder Pets! (2008 and 2010).