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Posted on Tue, May 14, 2013 : 2:07 p.m.

U-M grads (and songwriting team) Pasek and Paul talk about their first Tony nomination

By Jenn McKee

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The New York Times, on May 8, published a short interview with U-M musical theater grads ('07) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who have been nominated for a Tony Award (among others) for their original score for "A Christmas Story: The Musical." (The 2013 Tony Awards will air on CBS on Sunday, June 9 at 8 p.m.)

The article explains that Pasek and Paul replaced the composer initially slated to score the show, and the duo answers questions about their first memories of watching the Tonys, what they think of the other artists in their category, and what their plans are for the evening.

"We each get a plus-one," Paul quipped. "Our families, should they choose to accept, can pay an exorbitant fee to attend."

Read the New York Times article here.

Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.