At the 1992 Academy Awards, composer Alan Menken was fielding questions in the press room after winning a couple of Oscars for his score for "Aladdin," the animated Disney movie.
"How does it feel to win a Razzie for worst song of the year for 'Newsies'?" someone piped up, referring to the Golden Raspberry Awards, the anti-Oscars, and a film musical that had been one of the year's biggest flops.
"I had to admit that it felt kind of great to run the gamut that night," Menken recalls more than two decades later. "It became emblematic of the fun people had with the apparent bomb that 'Newsies' was."