Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Tony-nominated songwriters of the critically-acclaimed and record-breaking Broadway musical A Christmas Story, The Musical, which was named one of the Top 10 Shows of 2012 by Time Magazine, shared recognition as the Best Musical of 2012 in USA Today, and received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical. They are also the songwriters of the Off-Broadway musical Dogfight, the Lucille Lortel Award-winner for Best New Musical and nominee for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other theatre credits include James and The Giant Peach (Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Musicals, Seattle Children's Theatre) and Edges. In TV, their original songs were featured on NBC's SMASH and rose to the top 25 on the iTunes Pop Charts. Current projects include: original songs for Warner Bros. animated feature Tom and Jerry Return to Oz; an original stage musical with playwright Steven Levenson and director Michael Greif; a new musical for Disney Theatricals with playwright Rick Elice. Pasek & Paul's other honors include: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre (American Academy of Arts and Letters); ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; Jonathan Larson Award; Billboard Magazine Top 5 Broadway Songwriters. They are graduates of the University of Michigan and proud members of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.