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.
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.
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.