Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Tony/Emmy-nominated songwriting team behind the Broadway musical A Christmas Story, The Musical (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Dogfight, (Lucille Lortel Award winner, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, London Evening Standard Awards nominations), James and The Giant Peach, and Edges. TV credits include Smash, Sesame Street and Johnny and the Sprites. Pasek and Paul created the song “Unlimited” for Old Navy’s 2014 back-to-school campaign.


Current projects include: Dear Evan Hansen, premiering March 2016 at Second Stage Theatre; a new stage musical for Disney Theatricals with playwright Rick Elice; La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (Lionsgate); The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman (FOX); Tom and Jerry Return to Oz (Warner Bros Animation); Trolls starring Anna Kendrick (Dreamworks Animation); Medusa (Sony Pictures Animation). Honors: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre (American Academy of Arts and Letters); ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; Jonathan Larson Award. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan and members of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.


What critics have to say about Pasek and Paul…

“Theater wonder boys…effervescent. Consistently buoyant and clever. One of the more promising musical theater teams. There’s a palpable surge of excitement that typifies Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s score.”

-The New York Times

“Pasek and Paul are inarguably gifted composers who write inarguably elegant songs. Major talents. One senses they’re just getting started.”

-New York Magazine

“Songwriting duo Pasek and Paul prove that musical theater is not nearly as lame as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Elton John would have you believe…[Their work is] delicate, surprising, musically satisfying…moving, wistful and witty. Their clear, ringing style carries the musical-theater torch on behalf of Broadway’s next generation of composers…[They will] shape the theatre of the future.”

-Time Out New York

“It’s extremely rare these days to encounter new writers working with such confidence and ability. Pasek and Paul’s [work] is melodically rich and quietly redolent of period while speaking in its own voice, with lyrics of artful simplicity and rigorous craft that reveal volumes. Their achievement demands recognition.”


“A powerhouse musical theatre songwriting team.”

-The Associated Press

“The youngest old souls on Broadway. Poignant, funny and totally endearing.”

-The New York Observer

“An elegant and skillful collaboration.”

-The Washington Post

“A gifted young composing team. Their catchy lyrics and robust melodies strengthen characters and situations, dropped in at just the right time to enhance and propel the story.”

-The Hollywood Reporter

“Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s songs are impressive. Song after song soars!”


“Broadway wunderkinds. Their songs are timeless and memorable.”

“The golden boys of American musical theatre.”

-The Toronto Star

“Wunderkind writers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are quickly-rising voices in American musicals, deftly able to adapt their style to suit material. Inspiring and infectious. ”