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Benj Pasek


Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are recent graduates of the University of Michigan and recipients of a 2007 Jonathan Larson Award.  At the age of 21, they became the youngest winners in the foundation's history.  The team's musical revue, Edges, has been produced throughout the U. S., Canada, Australia, and Europe—most recently at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival—and is available for licensing through Music Theatre International.  Pasek and Paul are regular songwriters for Disney Channel's Johnny and the Sprites, and contributed music to White Noise [a cautionary musical], profiled on Good Morning America and ABC Primetime Live.  They've played sold-out shows at Joe's Pub, the Zipper Factory, and Ars Nova in New York City, and the Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles. They were invited participants of the first ever Johnny Mercer Songwriting Festival funded by the American Musical Theatre Project. Pasek and Paul wrote Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores for Theatreworks USA, and were listed as part of the "50 to Watch" upcoming playwrights and composers by the Dramatist Magazine.  They have been interviewed on National Public Radio's “Performance Space,” and were honored as 2007-2008 Dramatist Guild Fellows.  Their songs have been performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

Watch Past Performances

Video 11/16/2013: ASCAP Centennial Celebration: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

These Tony®-nominated songwriters host an evening of works by composer Sam Willmott and songwriting team Amanda Yesnowitz and Deborah Abramson. Presented under the auspices of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Part of Broadway Today and Tomorrow.

Benj Pasek