Based on the 1992 movie of the same name, "Newsies" is a family-friendly extravaganza about newspaper boys who decide to go on strike. Menken shared the awards with lyricist Jack Feldman.
It has been a mixed season for Menken. While "Newsies" has proven to be popular with ticket buyers, the musical "Leap of Faith," for which Menken also wrote the score, flopped and closed after less than a month of performances.
Menken had been nominated in past seasons for "Sister Act" and "Beauty and the Beast."
Earlier in the evening, Judy Kaye won the
Kaye was part of the original Broadway cast of "The Phantom of the Opera," winning a Tony for her role as Carlotta.
The revival of "Follies," which closed Saturday in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre, picked up its first award of the evening for Gregg Barnes' costume design.
"Peter and the Starcatcher" won for scenic design of a play.