7.22.15 . . . We were out of town, trying @dearevanhansen out @arenastage in Washington, D.C. “Requiem” was being expanded to not only hear from Zoe but to also get inside the minds of Cynthia and Larry. So we threw a new verse at them that day . . . Here are @jenniferlaurathompson and @park24hrs singing through the new verse (lyrics have since changed ) for the first and only time with the orchestra at a 5pm continuity call before our 7pm show. @alacamoire had shipped in a lightning-quick new orchestration (from NYC because HAM duties called ) and these two jumped into the fire. For union-related reasons, we weren’t allowed to turn on the sound in the house so everybody huddled around an aviom we plugged in downstage and they sang into a makeshift microphone setup so actors could hear musicians, musicians could hear actors . . . I couldn’t believe they were about to perform this onstage that night for a paying audience. I couldn’t believe this was really how big-time showbiz worked. My newbie little musical theatre mind was blown . . . But what I mostly couldn’t believe was how joyful those two were through every second of it. Joy in and passion for the work at every turn. And that joy and passion have permeated every performance and company and iteration of the show since those early 2014/2015 days . . . There’s a big old hole in the DEH family’s heart today. We’ll miss you like crazy. But then again, you’ll always be right here, won’t you? And I’ll always have this video, which I go back to and watch far too often, to remind me of the magical, surprising, thrilling and always JOYFUL ride we’ve taken together . . . Happy trails, JLT and Park. Love you so much. You are wonders. 💙💙💙💙
Throwing it back because May was crazy and I never got to post about @disneyaladdin What an honor to get to collaborate with a musical hero, and for the song to be given voice by such a singular talent . . . Officially becoming part of the @disney family was my songwriting dream. Hope you got to check out “Speechless” (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul ) #tbt #Repost @naomigscott with @get_repost ・・・ So beyond blessed that I get to embody this song in @disneysaladdin Written by the the legend @alanmenken and the genius’ @pasekandpaul , the meaning and message behind this song carries so much weight. Your voice matters, you are immensely valuable and we all have a part to play in this very confusing world. Fight against injustice even if the odds are stacked against you, because you never know what walls you are breaking down for future generations. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Will never get enough of these hugs in a lifetime . . . Thank you, Dad, for teaching me to live selflessly. Through the example of your everyday life, you taught me to have faith, be loyal, sacrifice continually, live boldly and love deeply. You are the definition of integrity and honor. And all of us who know and love you are blessed to be in your orbit . . . To the greatest friend, role model, Dad and Pop-Pop...Happy Father’s Day ❤️❤️
Beyond grateful for my mama. She taught me kindness, fairness and how to sing in harmony. She’s been a best friend and a teacher. She’s funnier than you’d ever suspect. And she made sacrifices every day for the sake of her kids. . . . My mama. Nanno to my kids. Hero to all. . . . Happy 35th Mother’s Day, @pandasoorp !
Look at these Valentines. . . . But one holds my heart above all others. I love you, @asherpaul It’s crazy and messy and ridiculous, but we’re really doing it. . . . There’s nobody I love to dream with more than you, my love.
I know you’ve been checking and rechecking my feed waiting for the adorable/annoying Christmas kiddo pics. Well the holidays have been nuts but THEY ARE COMING HONESTLY HOW DO YOU PARENTS WITH MULTIPLE KIDS HAVE TIME FOR INSTAGRAM I HATE YOU ALL . . . Meanwhile...on this day I am wishing the happiest FORTIETH (4-0!!! ) wedding anniversary to my mom and dad. They don’t make ‘em like you guys anymore. Thank you for the picture of loyalty, friendship and unconditional love you showed us kids. Love you both and can’t wait to celebrate together. . . . Here is a picture of Young Me with Young You Guys as we look off into our bright futures together. 😍💗❤️🙏
Get out there. Make your voice heard. We have the great privilege of living in a democracy. Make it count, guys. #vote
My girls whom I deserve not. . . . #Repost @asherpaul with @get_repost ・・・ All E wants to watch these days is Mulan. And at least four times each viewing, she yells, “MULAN SAVE EVERYBODY! Her did it!” 👧🏼💪 May you always see yourself as the hero — in your own story and in others’ — my precious, fierce little girl. May you always want to don a cape as Super Emmie and idolize characters like Sofia the First who prioritize kindness and compassion. May we continue to point you to real-life heroines, too. May you love exploring and adventuring. And may you live up to your name, always believing, “I so brave!” Happy #dayofthegirl #internationaldayofthegirl #smallpaul
Come see us! THIS MONDAY NIGHT at @townhallnyc 7pm we are chatting about #DEHNovel and performing songs from @dearevanhansen Would love to see you there ESPECIALLY calling out you CT FOLKS LOOKING TO REPRESENT!!! GET THERE! . . . Did we see this lineup?! I mean can you even?! Link for tix in bio.
This Glorious Woman . . . These last few days have been hectic ones, but on Sunday, on her birthday, we got to steal a few moments and celebrate. I got to celebrate the gorgeous gift to the world that is @asherpaul My darling, you are so loved, so adored, and so needed by so many. Compassionate friend, gifted writer, empathetic storyteller, wise and healing mother, wonderful sister and daughter. And to me you are the perfect partner. A soul’s match. Thank you for being you. Please never stop doing and being that. We all need you too much. Happy birthday, stunning and fascinating woman.
Well, it appears this is the new norm in the Paul fam! . . . Congrats to my brother @tpaul516 and my soon-to-be sis-in-law @molly_israel on their engagement! Love you both and can’t wait to celebrate and Emmie and Sully even approve as well so you are REALLY HASHTAG BLESSED!! #whenmolbecamepaul #babysitourkids #whynot #imeantheyloveyouandyoulovethem
Sunday nights after the holiday are for princess dress wearing and pacifier hoarding and Pooh watching #smallpaulnumber1
HBD America. We live in wild, confusing times. And people wonder if the “American Dream” still exists. Well, I don’t know. But I know one thing — this is MY dream. I get to spend most every day with these three human sunbeams and it is life-giving and reassuring and heaven-sent. God bless my fam. God bless you all. God bless America. #4thofjuly #allthepauls
I get to be Dada to these two rascals. It is the most marvelous, overwhelming, terrifying, thrilling calling I could imagine. It is a dream and honor to care for them, comfort them, teach them, throw them around and wrestle them. I can’t wait for the next bazillion Father’s Days, kiddos. Thanks for cracking my heart wide, wide open. And a special shoutout to Mama for actually being the glue that holds us all together. #smallpaul #allthepauls #fathersday #dreamcometrue
Happy Father’s Day to the man who taught me so much — most importantly, how to selflessly serve your kids and your family. From singing in church to little league games to becoming the greatest Pop-Pop to our own little ones, I’m so grateful for our story together, Dad. HFD to the hardest working @sedentarydad who is wondrous and anything but sedentary. Love you always.
Happy birthday to my brother from my own mother. @tpaul516 I admire you so much. You are a compassionate, thoughtful, smart, honest and humble guy. And what a joy it’s been to watch you become the most loving and doting uncle there is. Love you lots - go have a great day because you, as much as anyone I know, deserve it. Happy birthday to E & S’s Uncle Ty-Ty, my bro Tyler!
This woman. My heart. The reason for it all. I love you @asherpaul Let’s do this!