“Dear Evan Hansen” — the award-winning musical now finishing an off-Broadway run — is headed to the big stage.
When the darkly funny show — whose tagline is “a new musical for the outsider in us all” — opens at a Shubert theater in November, it will mark the 2nd Broadway credit for Justin Paul.
The 2003 Staples High School graduate, with songwriting partner Benj Pasek, made their debut in 2012 with “A Christmas Story.”
Pasek and Paul are graduates of the University of Michigan and winners of the 2007 Jonathan Larson Award, named after the late “Rent” composer, that honors achievement by composers, lyricists and librettists.
The young composers received an Obie for their work on “Dear Evan Hansen.” That show also earned an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, and a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical.
(Hat tips: Carol King and David Roth)