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Pasek and Paul and Tony and 'Evan Hansen'




Ben Levi Ross plays the title role in the first North American tour of “Dear Evan Hansen,”  at the Ahmanson Theatre through Nov. 25, 2018. The musical by the composer team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul swept the 2017 Tony Awards.
Ben Levi Ross plays the title role in the first North American tour of “Dear Evan Hansen,” at the Ahmanson Theatre through Nov. 25, 2018. The musical by the composer team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul swept the 2017 Tony Awards.
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On today's show:

How to write a hit musical

(Starts at 8:18)

The songwriting partners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul hit gold with "Dear Evan Hansen," a musical that swept the Tony Awards in 2017. The show has finally made its way to Los Angeles and the composers talk with John Horn about how their careers have evolved.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f1-QF9jvBM

The long reach of Saudi Arabia into museums

(Starts at 1:01)

The New York Times' Robin Pogrebin reports that, for years, museums have been strengthening ties with the oil kingdoms of the Middle East as a way to broaden their offerings, foster cross-cultural dialogue and obtain access to those countries’ considerable riches. But in the wake of the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, museums are distancing themselves from Saudi support. Pogrebin talks with The Frame guest host Steven Cuevas.

A new take on 'Dorian Gray'

(Starts at 19:45)

"The Picture of Dorian Gray," Oscar Wilde’s tale of a handsome, young man who sells his soul to buy eternal beauty, first appeared as a magazine story in 1890. It soon turned into the classic novel that gave way to several film versions — mostly notably, the 1945 movie that garnered multiple Oscar nods. Now, the Berlin-based performance art group, Gob Squad, is taking a closer look at beauty, aging and the body. "Creation (Pictures For Dorian)" is currently at REDCAT in downtown L.A. The Frame contributor Marcos Nájera reports.

https://vimeo.com/280169202