Justin Paul is a Tony-nominated songwriter and musical director for Broadway, film and television. Along with writing partner Benj Pasek, Justin’s Broadway musical A Christmas Story, The Musical opened in November 2012 and enjoyed a critically acclaimed, record-breaking run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. In addition to the Best Original Score Written for the Theatre nomination, A Christmas Story, The Musical also received Tony nominations for Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical. The holiday show was named one of the Top 10 Plays and Musicals of 2012 by TIME magazine, shared recognition as the Best Musical of 2012 in USA TODAY, and received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Musical and an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding New Broadway Musical. The score for A Christmas Story, The Musical also received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music.
Justin is also part of the composing team behind the off-Broadway musical Dogfight, which premiered in July 2012 at Second Stage Theatre. The show received a nomination from the Drama League for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical, was the winner of the Lucille Lortel Outstanding Musical Award, and received Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score. The Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight records cast album for Dogfight reached #2 on the Billboard Cast Album chart. As a television songwriter, his original songs were featured on season two of NBC’s Smash and rose to the top 25 on the iTunes Pop Charts. Other musical work for TV can be seen on Sesame Street and Johnny and the Sprites. In addition to his arranging and music direction for The Broadway Boys, Justin served as musical director/conductor for the hit Off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz.