Pasek and Paul

Pasek and Paul



Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, known together as Pasek and Paul, are an American songwriting duo and composing team for musical theater, films, and television.[1][2] Their works include A Christmas Story, Dogfight, Edges, Dear Evan Hansen, James and the Giant Peach and The Greatest Showman. Their original songs have been featured on NBC's Smash, and in the film La La Land, for which they won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "City of Stars."[3][4][5]

Both artists are graduates of the University of Michigan[6] and winners of the American Theatre Wing's 2007 Jonathan Larson Award,[7] which honors achievement by composers, lyricists and librettists.

Their work on original musical Dear Evan Hansen has received widespread critical acclaim and earned them the Tony Award for Best Original Score.


Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen is a stage musical with music and lyrics by Pasek and Paul, and a book by Steven Levenson.The musical opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre in December 2016, after its world premiere at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, in July 2015 and an Off-Broadway production in March to May 2016.The titular character, Evan Hansen, is a high school senior who suffers from social anxiety disorder, which inhibits his ability to connect with other people and make friends.
A Christmas Story: The Musical
A Christmas Story: The Musical is a musical version of the film A Christmas Story.
Dogfight is a musical with music and lyrics by Pasek & Paul and a book by Peter Duchan.
Aladdin is an upcoming American romantic musical fantasy adventure film directed by Guy Ritchie from a screenplay written by John August, Ritchie, and Vanessa Taylor, and co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Lin Pictures, and Marc Platt Productions.

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Minor Film Appearances & References6

TV Shows3


Minor Musical Appearances & References1

Book References & Influences1

Collaborators & Influencers2

Other Music-Related Relationships1

Awards & Nominations23

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News Articles17

Greatest Showman Duo Pasek And Paul Break Down Hugh Jackman And Zac Efron's 'Electric' Duet
  –  December 29, 2017
For Pasek and Paul, that was the challenge ... that there would be such muscularity that they would bring to it," Paul said. "It's fun to write a music theater number that's a negotiation for these two guys with their bravado and showmanship trying ...
Golden Globes after-party scene: chocolate truffles, a kerfuffle and one very busy engraving station
  –  January 8, 2018
8:15 p.m. In another corner of the room, Pasek and Paul chat with Darren Criss, while Armie Hammer and his wife, Elizabeth Chambers, smooch for the photographers. Armie Hammer, left, and Elizabeth Chambers share a moment at the HFPA's viewing and after ...
Westport graduate continues run of success at Golden Globes
  –  January 8, 2018
Last year, Pasek and Paul won an Oscar and Globe for “City of Stars” from “La La Land,” and they picked up the best original score Tony for the Broadway hit, “Dear Evan Hansen.” They're nominated for two Grammys this month for both “Dear Evan ...
Chart Watch: 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack humbles pop's biggest stars
  –  January 8, 2018
The pair won in that same category last night for co-writing “City of Stars” from La La Land. Pasek and Paul are the first songwriter(s) to win back-to-back awards in this category since Alan Menken won in 1991-92 for composing “Beauty and the Beast ...
'The Greatest Showman' Songwriter Benj Pasek on Landing A No. 1 Album and Co-Writing Golden Globe Winner 'This Is Me'
  –  January 8, 2018
The first song Pasek and Paul wrote for The Greatest Showman was “A Million Dreams,” which served as their audition to write songs for the movie. However, nothing was assured. “Every song in the movie we wrote in a competitive way, because we were ...
Main Line Native Wins Golden Globe For Best Original Song
  –  January 8, 2018
Then in February 2017, Pasek, Paul, and Justin Hurwitz earned an Oscar for the same song. Pasek and Paul are ever-so-close to joining the "EGOT" club, as they now only need to win an Emmy and a Grammy to join the just 12 individuals who have all won Oscars ...
Benj Pasek, Justin Paul continue winning streak at Globes
  –  January 8, 2018
Last year, Pasek and Paul won an Oscar and Globe for "City of Stars" from "La La Land," and they picked up the best original score Tony for the Broadway hit, "Dear Evan Hansen." They're nominated for two Grammys this month for both "Dear Evan Hansen" and ...
The Greatest Showman
  –  January 8, 2018
The story swaggers forward in a swirl of choreographed pop numbers by ‘La La Land’ songwriters Pasek and Paul as Barnum recruits his novelty acts. This ‘X-Men’ meets ‘America’s Got Talent’ posse includes Keala Settle’s bearded lady ...
Nobody loves movie musicals like the HFPA, awarding Golden Globe to 'This Is Me' from 'The Greatest Showman'
  –  January 8, 2018
Yet their victory didn't come as much of a surprise: In 2017, Pasek and Paul's Globes competition included no less a pop icon than Stevie Wonder; Justin Timberlake was trounced, too, with his "Can't Stop the Feeling!," which finished 2016 as that year's ...
Golden Globes Film Predictions: From ‘Get Out’ to ‘Lady Bird’ (Photos)
  –  January 7, 2018
But the two songs from musical-theater teams mean the most to their films, and we suspect that Pasek and Paul’s showstopper “This Is Me” will narrowly edge out Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez’s touching “Remember Me.” Can anything beat Pixar ...
Greatest Showman Duo Pasek And Paul Break Down Hugh Jackman And Zac Efron's 'Electric' Duet
  –  December 29, 2017
When director Michael Gracey met with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul in 2013 — years before anyone in Hollywood knew who they were — he explained his vision for a bold, original movie musical based on the life of circus impresario and visionary P.T. Barnum.
Movies opening Friday, Dec. 22, and Monday, Dec. 25
  –  December 19, 2017
The Greatest Showman: Pasek and Paul wrote the music for this extravaganza that stars Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum. Also features Zac Efron, Zendaya and Michelle Williams. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: Being touted as a sequel to the 1995 film and a ...
‘A Christmas Story Live’ Stream: How to Watch the FOX Musical Online
  –  December 17, 2017
The extraordinarily gifted Pasek and Paul were instrumental in transposing the movie to the stage, and we believe the transition to LIVE television event will be just as entertaining for viewers.” Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, known for La La Land ...
'A Christmas Story Live!' seeks to blend appeal of film, live theater and television
  –  December 15, 2017
Many people can quote scenes and lines. . . . So we start with the film. Then we have the wonderful musical by Pasek and Paul, which is an adaptation of the film. And what a televised live event allows us to do is create a new genre, if you will."
‘The Greatest Showman’ Featurettes: The ‘La La Land’ Composers Have Outdone Themselves
  –  December 12, 2017
The second featurette is all about the difficulty in creating a full-fledged original musical, which Pasek and Paul still tackle with trepidation even after the acclaim for their songs in Dear Evan Hansen. Maybe that’s the mark of a great showman.
That's snow-business! Zendaya and Zac Efron brave icy conditions as they join The Greatest Showman castmates atop the Empire State Building
  –  December 9, 2017
According to JustJared, This Is Me - a Pasek and Paul song written for The Greatest Showman - scored the music and light show at the New York landmark that day.
University of Michigan alums earn Grammy nominations
  –  December 2, 2017
Pasek and Paul also earned nominations for the song "City of Stars" from the film "La La Land" in the "Song Written for Visual Media" category. The duo were the lyricists for the song, with composer Justin Hurwitz. The "La La Land" album also earned ...
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