So what I’m about to say could’ve easily remained within the confines of Twitter — which is where I originally posted it! — but I find it too interesting (did you enjoy that autofellatio?) not to provide it with the spotlight of its own piece.
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul — popularly referred to simply as Pasek & Paul in the annals of Broadway — will write a score for an upcoming animated movie musical. After their Tony Award-winning hit Dear Evan Hansen, their Academy Award-winning work on last year’s La La Land, and their chart-topping — and, most likely, soon to be crowned with another Oscar — music for The Greatest Showman, I feel confident in predicting that their sound will fit quite well in the animated musical realm. They’re whiz-kids at composing the catchiest songs — sometimes obnoxiously so, but that’s kind of perfect for kids, no?
What I find the most fascinating is how the careers of the composers of the three most successful Broadway shows in recent years have followed a similar Broadway –> animated movie trajectory:
Bobby Lopez: The Book of Mormon –> Frozen
Lin-Manuel Miranda: Hamilton –> Moana
And now, Pasek & Paul: Dear Evan Hansen –> Foster
Frozen coming to Broadway this season begs the question: When the heck do I get to joyously sing along to Moana on the Great White Way?!?!