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Posted on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 : 2:12 p.m.

U-M grads and Tony Award nominees Pasek and Paul have new projects in the works

By Jenn McKee

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U-M grads and musical theater songwriting team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul may not have won a Tony Award on Sunday night for their nominated original score for "A Christmas Story: The Musical," but they've got some exciting new projects in the works, according to

Michael Grief, who directed the landmark contemporary musicals "Rent" and "Next to Normal," will direct Pasek and Paul's new, as-yet-untitled original musical.

"It's an idea that we've had since college, and we're finally getting a chance to write it," Paul told

The team is working with playwright Steven Levenson.

Pasek and Paul also have plans to "musicalize" a Disney property.

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