pasek&paul7473RTsmallBenj Pasek & Justin Paul are the Tony-nominated songwriters of the Broadway musical A Christmas Story (dir. John Rando, chor. Warren Carlyle), which opened in November 2012 and enjoyed a critically-acclaimed, record-breaking run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. In addition to the Best Score nomination, A Christmas Story also received Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Book. The holiday musical was named one of the Top 10 Shows of 2012 by Time Magazine, shared recognition as the #1 Musical of 2012 in USA Today and received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical. Benj and Justin’s score for the show also received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music. The cast album was recorded and produced by Sony Masterworks and is published through Warner/Chappell Music.

Benj & Justin are also the composers behind the Off-Broadway musical Dogfight, (dir. Joe Mantello, chor. Christopher Gattelli), a Best New Musical nominee for the Drama League, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards. Benj and Justin also received an Outer Critics Circle Best Score nomination for their work on the show. Dogfight premiered in July 2012 at Second Stage Theatre, and a cast album, produced by Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records, was released in May 2013. The album debuted in the top 50 albums on iTunes.

As television songwriters, their original songs were featured on Season 2 of NBC’s Smash, and have risen to the Top 25 on the iTunes Pop Charts.

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pasek&paul7581RTsmallTheir show Edges, which is licensed by Music Theatre International and has hadhundreds of productions worldwide, including South Korea, Australia, China, South Africa, Singapore, France, the Philippines, Denmark and more. Other theatrical works include James & the Giant Peach (Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Musicals, dir. Graciela Daniele, chor. Pilobolus), and Duck for President and If You Give a Pig a Pancake (Theatreworks USA). Their other musical work for TV can be seen on Sesame Street and Johnny & the Sprites (Disney TV series). Performances of their songs have been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, VH1 Morning Buzz, The Rosie Show, Fox & Friends, and more.

Benj & Justin are the recipients of the 2011 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a 2011 Sundance Institute Fellowship, the 2011 ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, the 2011 ASCAP Songwriters Fellowship Award, and a

2007-2008 Dramatists Guild Fellowship. They are the youngest recipients of the Jonathan Larson Award (2007) in the foundation’s history. They have participated in ASCAP’s Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project and were named one of Dramatist Magazine’s “50 to Watch” in contemporary theatre.

As performers, Benj & Justin have traveled throughout North America, Europe & Australia performing concerts of their work. They also teach master classes in songwriting and theatre performance at universities around the world. They are proud graduates of the University of Michigan BFA Musical Theatre program and members of the Dramatists Guild of America.

They are currently at work on a new original musical with playwright Steven Levenson and director Michael Greif.

What critics have to say about Pasek and Paul…

“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

“Theater wonder boys…effervescent. Consistently buoyant and clever.”

-The New York Times

“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.”

-Backstage

“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!”

-Variety

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

-PerezHilton.com

“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. ”

-Playbill.com

“It’s time to know the names Pasek and Paul”
-Metro NY