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Benj Pasek, ’06

Benj Pasek
Photo by Dirty Sugar Photography

Pasek met Justin Paul, ’06, in a ballet class at U-M, where they discovered they were horrible performers. During their sophomore year, they collaborated to create a musical production, “Edges.” Their shared songwriting career took off early with the Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen” and the musical films “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman” and has won them Oscar, Grammy, and Tony awards, among others. They cite the Disney renaissance of the early 1990s as the childhood inspiration for their songwriting.

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