Segerstrom Center For The Arts Presents Pasek and Paul: Up Close and Personal with Special Guests

November 28, 2018


Monday, January 7, 2019

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Tickets on sale December 1

A limited number of special VIP tickets include dinner and meet-and-greet opportunities with Pasek and Paul with proceeds to benefit The ASCAP Foundation

COSTA MESA, CASegerstrom Center for the Arts proudly presents Pasek And Paul: Up Close and Personal with Special Guests, an exclusive one-night-only event featuring the acclaimed Tony Award®-winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul on January 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Pasek and Paul wrote the music and lyrics for Dear Evan Hansen, the winner of six 2017 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical and Best Original Score and the Grammy® for Best Musical Theatre Album. It will be a star-powered evening during which the audience will have a rare opportunity to get to know the personalities behind one of the entertainment world’s most celebrated creative partnerships through conversation and Q&A. Joined by special guests to be announced later, audiences can also expect to hear selections from the pair’s esteemed volume of work which also includes Academy Award®-winning compositions for hit films La La Land and The Greatest Showman. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Director of Musical Theatre Michael A. Kerker will moderate the evening, as he has for Segerstrom Center special evenings with Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, and Barbara Cook.

A limited number of VIP tickets of $1,000, $600 and $300 are available which offer opportunities to meet Pasek and Paul and include a donation to The ASCAP Foundation. There will be eight (8) $1,000 VIP tickets, which include prestige seating at the performance and seating at Pasek and Paul’s table during an elegant post-performance dinner in Segerstrom Center’s Leatherby’s Café Rouge. Twenty (20) $600 tickets include prestige seating for the performance and the post-performance dinner. Guests at the dinner will receive a copy ofDear Evan Hansen, the novel, autographed by the authors Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.Seventy-four (74) $300 VIP tickets include a pre-performance meet-and-greet with Pasek and Paul and prime seating at the performance.

Single tickets start at $59 and go on sale Sunday, December 1 at 10 a.m. They will be available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts applauds its corporate partners including Kia Motors America, Official Automotive Partner; and United Airlines, Official Airline.

Oscar®, Grammy®, Tony® and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are best known for their work on Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land and The Greatest Showman. They composed the score for the critical and box office hit, six-time Tony Award®-winning Dear Evan Hansen. Their highly acclaimed original music also received an Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award, and the Tony Award® for Best Score. The show comes to Segerstrom Center January 1 – 13, 2019.

The pair’s songs “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land were both nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Original Song. “City of Stars” garnered both the Academy Award® and Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. Pasek and Paul most recently won the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, which was also nominated for the 2018 Academy Award® for Best Original Song. Upcoming projects include the live-action movie musicals Aladdin and Snow White at Disney, and original animated musical Foster at Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios.

Their albums for Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman appeared in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, the latter of which held the #1 spot for multiple weeks in a row. The Dear Evan Hansen Original Broadway Cast Recording won the 2018 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and The Greatest Showman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which rose to #1 on iTunes in over 80 countries, is certified Gold in the US, and Platinum in the UK and Australia.

Pasek and Paul had their Broadway debut in 2012 with their Tony®-nominated score for the Broadway musical A Christmas Story, an adaptation of the classic holiday film, further adapted into a live telecast for FOX in 2017. In 2013, they contributed several songs to NBC’s Smash, and received great acclaim for their musical Dogfight which was awarded Off-Broadway’s highest honor, the Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Musical. Their earlier theater credits include the children’s musical James and the Giant Peach and the popular song cycle Edges. Pasek and Paul went on to receive a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Special Class – Short Format Daytime Program for the song “Unlimited,” featured in an Old Navy YouTube campaign. In 2017, the songwriting duo composed a song for the CW’s musical episode of The Flash, and also wrote “Get Back Up Again” for the DreamWorks animated film Trolls. Among their numerous honors, they were recognized by the ASCAP Foundation with the 2016 Harold Adamson Lyric Award and the 2011 Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, and in 2007 became the youngest winners ever of the famed Jonathan Larson Award for most promising musical theater songwriters. Both Pasek and Paul are graduates of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program and currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Dramatists Guild Foundation.

About The ASCAP Foundation

Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. Learn more and stay in touch at, on Twitter @ascapfoundation and on Facebook.


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Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center is Orange County’s largest non-profit arts organization. In addition to its six performance venues, Segerstrom Center is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School.

The Center presents a broad range of programming for audiences of all ages, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events.

Segerstrom Center is a leader among the nation’s performing arts centers for providing education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. The Center’s programs reach hundreds of thousands of students each year in five Southern California counties. Community engagement programs developed through the Center for Dance and Innovation and Center Without Boundaries also connect the Center more comprehensively with Orange County’s many diverse communities. The CDI supports flagship artistic programming and a wide range of projects that celebrate innovation, nurture creativity and engage audiences of the future. It is home to the ABT Gillespie School and the School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. The Center Without Boundaries develops partnerships with non-cultural organizations to help them in their own efforts to respond to the ever-changing needs of the community.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region’s major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons performed at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

In addition to Segerstrom Center for the Arts as a presenting and producing institution, it also identifies the beautiful 14-acre campus that embraces the Center’s own facilities as well as two independently acclaimed organizations: Tony Award®-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.


Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

Monday, January 7, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Tickets -           Start at $59

In person -       The Box Office

                        600 Town Center Drive

                        Costa Mesa, CA 92626

                        Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Online -  

Phone -            (714) 556-2787

                        Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily


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