Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, or Pasek and Paul for short, are two of the most successful songwriters in America today. Having already won best original song at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes for their work on La La Land, the duo is out to add a Tony Award to their trophy case after becoming best original score co-nominees for their work on Dear Evan Hansen. Laura Heywood (aka @BroadwayGirlNYC) sat down with the prolific pair on Tony Award nomination day.

During their chat, Pasek and Paul expressed how excited they are that musicals are thriving once again in the theater community. “People are making musicals which is such an exciting thing and something to be celebrated,” said Paul.

When asked about how the cast of Dear Evan Hansen brought their music to life, Pasek and Paul gave their insight on the process behind the scenes.

“When you begin to write something you think, how will this be when it’s said out loud or when it’s sung out loud? But you have no real idea,” said Pasek. “It really becomes your litmus test because that person [the actor], especially having been involved from the first workshop, now embodies the character,” said Paul.

Tune into the 71st annual Tony Awards on CBS, June 11th at 8:00 PM EST to see if Pasek and Paul win big!