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Staples Graduate Justin Paul Awaits Word On First Tony Nomination

Justin Paul, a 2003 graduate of Staples High School in Westport,  is nominated, along with his writing partner Benj Pasek, for Music and Lyrics for their Broadway debut show "A Christmas Story, The Musical".
Justin Paul, a 2003 graduate of Staples High School in Westport, is nominated, along with his writing partner Benj Pasek, for Music and Lyrics for their Broadway debut show "A Christmas Story, The Musical". Photo Credit: A Christmas Story, The Musical

WESTPORT, Conn. - Justin Paul, a 2003 graduate of Staples High School in Westport, has only one day left to wait before the Tony Awards are handed out.

Paul is nominated, along with his writing partner Benj Pasek, for Music and Lyrics for their Broadway debut show "A Christmas Story, The Musical."

The musical opened in November at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. It is nominated for three Tonys, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical.

Based on the cult movie of the same name, the musical tells the story of Ralphie Parker, an 11-year-old kid in Indiana who is desperate to win the most coveted holiday prize: an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream, according to the show's website.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, June 9, at 8 p.m. on CBS. They'll be hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris for the fourth time.

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