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Alan Menken creates a CAPTAIN AMERICA theme song for CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST AVENGER?!?!?!?!

Hey folks, Harry here...  For quite some time we've known that CAPTAIN AMERICA was going to have a musical themed USO number at some point in CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST AVENGER.   Well, this soundtrack press release is here to tell us that the amazing Alan Menken has written with David Zippel, the patriotic song, "STAR SPANGLED MAN" which is apparently written to fit in with the wartime songs of legendary Irving Berlin.   That's a helluva ambition and no easy trick.  Berlin's patriotic wartime songs are incredibly catchy...   but I have to say, I can't wait!   I really do believe this movie is going to be something special!






Film opens July 22, soundtrack available July 19

Academy Award winning composer Alan Menken brings his unique voice to Captain America: The First Avenger by creating an original songThe film features the patriotic song “Star Spangled Man” written by Menken and David Zippel, performed by the Metro Voices. The song is written in the style of 1940s World War II army musicals. Menken has earned eight Oscars, more than any other living person, along with ten Grammys and seven Golden Globes. The film’s original score is composed by Alan Silvestri. The film opens July 22, soundtrack available July 19.

According to Menken, “‘Star Spangled Man’ is a USO style production number; stylistically an homage to those great wartime songs of Irving Berlin. In it, we follow the on-stage development of Captain America from a nervous amateur to a confident showman. For the song, I reunited with my Hercules collaborator and Tony award winner, David Zippel.’”

Helmed by Joe Johnston (HildagoOctober Sky), Captain America: The First Avenger focuses on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.  

   In addition to being an award-winning and prolific film composer, Menken currently has several new stage productions running including his Tony nominated Sister Act on Broadway and Aladdin the musical in Seattle. Menken is also working on a live musical adaptation of Newsies. Additionally, his Leap of Faith musical, which premiered in Los Angeles, is expected to open on Broadway later this year.

   Alan Menken’s professional career began after graduating from New York University. He met Howard Ashman and began collaborating on several productions for the WPA Theater, ultimately achieving widespread acclaim with Little Shop of Horrors. Their musical was later turned into a film which earned them an Academy Award nomination. The success of Little Shop of Horrors led Menken and Ashman to Walt Disney Studios. Their efforts were rewarded with two Oscars for The Little Mermaid: Best Original Score and Best Song "Under the Sea.” The following year, they again were rewarded with Oscars for Beauty and The Beast. Unfortunately, Ashman would receive his award posthumously.

   Menken’s music continued the Disney renaissance with additional Oscar winning and nominated films includingPocahontas, Aladdin, Hunchback of Notre Dame and recently, Enchanted and Tangled. His film success has led to numerous stage productions including The Little Mermaid – The Musical, Beauty and The Beast – The Musical and currently Sister Act – The Musical and Aladdin – The Musical.

   Menken has received accolades for his musical contributions including Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes and Tony nominations. His philanthropic achievements with students earned him an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from New York University. Recently he was immortalized with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his induction into the Songwriter Hall of Fame.

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  • July 13, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by Mad-Maximus

  • July 13, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Captain America Needs You!!

    by RealDoubleJ

    Fuck Your First!!

  • July 13, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Irving Berlin mimicking is quite an undertaking.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    I hope they pull it off.

  • July 13, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    thats some bizarre lookin text, there, Harry

    by Kammich

    big red indeed

  • July 13, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    First Recap & Theme Song

    by Mad-Maximus

    Never have I tried to post saying I was first but figured I would try and say I did. . . I hope the song evokes that WWII vibe that made Americans proud and wanted to purchase bonds to help finance the war.

  • July 13, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Red on white, aaaggghhh

    by rev_skarekroe

    Painful to attempt to read.

  • July 13, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Good thing we knew...

    by Nick Kuiper

    about this back in February! Thanks for again proving your lack of relevance, AICN.

  • July 13, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Good thing we knew...

    by Nick Kuiper

    about this back in February! Thanks for again proving your lack of relevance, AICN.

  • July 13, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Rev_Skarekroe: blue on black...

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...tears on the river.

  • July 13, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    It's Raining Star Spangled Men!

    by seagrass

    The disco mix.

  • July 13, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Berlin's patriotic wartime songs are incredibly catchy...

    by frank

    I read that line out of context at first.

  • July 13, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Captain America- Fuck Yeah!

    by Tom Fremgen

    You mean it's not that!?

  • July 13, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST

    comic book movie themes

    by fred

    Has any recent comic book movie had a memorable theme song? Nothing comes anywhere near the Superman music of the '70's.

  • July 13, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Jesus christ Harry

    by spidercoz

    Bruce Fucking Campbell confirms a new Evil Dead movie and I have to hear about it on fucking Slashdot??? THIS SITE IS DEAD

  • July 13, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    you guys suck

    by spidercoz

  • July 13, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST



    Yeah yeah... god forbid I hear that the official press release was coming shortly and wait to actually have more details confirmed.

  • July 13, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Captain America: Turn off the Nazis

    by jimmy_009

    That would be fun until Caps flying shield decapitates row E.

  • July 13, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Wow genderbender

    by jimmy_009

    Working out some issues are we?

  • July 13, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by one9deuce

    You are 100% right. Before 1989, girls never wanted to be princesses.

  • July 13, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    harry, you never used to care

    by spidercoz

    scoop, dude

  • July 13, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Genderblender is right about one thing

    by Happyfat73

    I find it incredibly plausible that her psyche has been the victim of genocide.

  • July 13, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Star Spangled Man, huh?

    by Happyfat73

    So, it's a song about Richard Simmons then?

  • July 13, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST


    by smatt584

    Why do I get the feeling that you also post on latinoreview under the psudonym of Genius McBrainiac? Your fanaticism is very similar, with your tirades on gender and their tirades on race. Both in Captain America posts and both proclaiming the films box-office failure and your subsequent enjoyment of said downfall. Your schtick is tired, give it a rest.

  • July 13, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    canned_dirty_ape, re: what makes you believe this movie will be special?

    by Immortal_Fish

    Can only speak for myself, of course. I'm thankful we're finally getting superhero movies that feature a protagonist that actually embraces being a superhero and actually enjoys it. Think about it, each and every time, we have to deal with issues of unworthiness. Hulk, I can understand, yet *every* hero every freakin' time? Eliminate this angle and you already have something set apart from what's become the norm. I think this simple concept helped play a small part in making Thor successful too. GL, on the other hand, played the typical reluctant hero card, which perhaps contributed to its detriment.

  • July 13, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST

    You can listen to a piece of it...

    by tbrickey022

    if you go to the soundtrack on Amazon. Very period - sounding!

  • July 13, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    I guess I'm easily amused...

    by 2soon2eat

    Gendeblender seems pretty entertaining, really. Birthed out of some primitive troll hatchery like 4Chan or, and now finding her little disagreeable way in the web at large.

  • She hates Harry Potters because of all the attention Emma Watson got. She hates Alan Menken because Jasmine isnt a 300 pound sloth like she is.

  • Everything he has ever written is fantastic. He's won more awards than any other songwriter.

  • July 13, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    He already has a theme song

    by INWOsuxRED

  • July 13, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    hack songwriter

    by DoctorWho?


  • July 13, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    I would love to have dinner with genderbender and pick his brain

    by David Bolton

    just before taking him in the alley behind the restaurant and beating him death. "murdered the psyches of several generations of women" indeed. (eyeroll)

  • July 13, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST


    by RogueScribner

  • July 13, 2011, 8:36 p.m. CST

    MY EYES!!!

    by RogueScribner

    What's with the highlighted text? Can't you just alter the font or bold it or something to set it apart from the rest of the article?

  • July 13, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Listened to it on's awesome (obviously)

    by Mel

    It's pretty great. very USO show-ish. just search for captain america soundtracK on and click the first link. its the last track. you dont hear much of it, but what you do hear is awesome.

  • July 13, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST


    by Dark Knight Lite

    I'm sorry that you're unattractive. Owning cats helps.

  • July 13, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Alan Menken is a genius

    by Gorgomel

    Just release LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS on blu

  • July 14, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Throws his mighty shield...Cap already has a theme.

    by Dennis_Moore

  • July 14, 2011, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Kill Every Last Kraut!!!

    by Onin Solstice

  • July 14, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST


    by Happyfat73

    It's a sad indictment on how predictable you are when someone can come in and take the piss out of you, and nobody even notices.</p> </p> Looks like you've become redundant, sweetheart.</p> </p> Congratulations, though, on officially becoming a cliche.

  • July 14, 2011, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Gender Bender/Blender, you sure do have a big mouth.

    by Optimus Prime

    How much would you charge to give a blow job to a giant Michael Bay styled robot? Not that I give a fuck. I'm perfectly happy slapping my giant metal pipe snake to The Little Mermaid. Because 1. Ariel is fucking hot. and 2. I want to make sure I stay on topic. Now if Menken could make a theme song for THAT, I'd really be impressed!

  • July 14, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST

    It's a failure because of a USO style song?

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Give me a fucking break.

  • July 14, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    a genderblender imposter?

    by CT1

    rofl oh hmmm I wonder who would do that, I mean it couldn't be... Nah.

  • July 14, 2011, 2:57 a.m. CST

    what's up with those text highlights??

    by brightgeist

    hurt my eyes

  • July 14, 2011, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Mixed feelings on this.

    by catlettuce4

    I was hoping he'd sing the old Cap cartoon theme ("When Captain America throws his mighty shield..." etc.) in the USO segment, but on the other hand, this sounds cool too.

  • ...but then that's at other sites.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    BAD NEWS! They HAD the perfect USO song already!!!

    by riskebiz

    If they ever wanted us to achieve geek heaven, then the USO song should have been a version of the old cartoon theme song "When Captain American throws his mighty shield..." To make something up from scratch is unbelievable and a MASSIVE wasted opportunity. Shocking that they did not use the original theme song. It is sooooooooooo frikkin' perfect. Very VERY sad to hear this.

  • July 14, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Captain Gay America - who knew?

    by abe

  • July 14, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by Astronut

  • July 14, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    okay, ''REMAKE''.........

    by Astronut

  • July 14, 2011, 11:11 a.m. CST

    When Captain America throws his mighty shield

    by deelzbub

    Agreed on an incredibly missed opportunity. But you know, they had money to spend, why reuse a perfectly suitable song when they could pay someone thousands to come up with a new old one?

  • ...First sign that someone making that film did NOT get "IT". Even frikkin' Raimi used the old Spiderman theme. EVEN Favreau was smart enough to use the old Iron Man theme in an insert....but this Captain America had a REASON to use it and they didn't?!!?!?!!?!!? What a sad sad sad wasted opportunity. I think I would have been in geek heaven if I heard "...throws his mighty shield" in that USO show. What a serious letdown. Very sad. Very angry.

  • July 14, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    I suspect we'll hear the CAP TV show theme somewhere in the movie.

    by DoctorWho?

  • July 14, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Just listened to Star Spangled Man on Amazon...and PUKED.

    by riskebiz

    Wow. What a shitty song when they had an incredible and appropriate theme song from the old cartoon. Y'know....even if there wasn't the old cartoon theme, it would be crap. Knowing there is the old theme they could have used for the USO show is truly sickening.

  • July 14, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    There is a clip online at IGN

    by Tony Binns

    of Cap fighting with his shield that just flat out rules.

  • July 14, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    aaaand here it is

    by Tony Binns

  • a montage, of course!