Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised the former preschool king of Shabbat has become one of the kings of both Broadway and Hollywood.

After all, from the time he was a little boy, Benj Pasek always seemed to understand the power of words and realize how music reaches into our souls.

Now that he’s becoming the talk of two towns doing it for a living–teaming with Justin Paul to write the lyrics to the Golden Globe-winning song “City of Stars” from La La Land, along with the Broadway hit musical Dear Evan Hansen–he sees it as simply the culmination of a lifelong pursuit.

Read more about Benj Pasek, the headline entertainment for our 75th Anniversary Gala, in this feature from the Jewish Exponent.

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