Oscar-winning ‘La La Land’ lyricists Benj Pasek & Justin Paul could get EGOT within a year

At this year’s Academy Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda would have been the youngest artist to complete the EGOT had he prevailed with his Best Song bid for ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from “Moana.” He lost to composer Justin Hurwitz and lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for their song ‘City of Stars’ from “La La Land.” Pasek & Paul are a songwriting team who met at the University of Michigan in 2006 and these young talents, who are 31 and 32 respectively, could well have the EGOT in their hands by this time next year.

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They reaped a Tony bid for their first Broadway musical, an adaptation of the classic holiday film “A Christmas Story,” back in 2013; they lost then to Cyndi Lauper for “Kinky Boots.” They will be back in contention this season with a transfer of their off-Broadway hit tuner “Dear Evan Hansen.”

Their musical tells the story of teenager Evan Hansen (played by 23-year-old Ben Platt of the “Pitch Perfect” series), who all his life felt invisible. But when a tragic event shocks the community and thrusts him into the center of a rapidly evolving controversy, Evan is given the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to be somebody else.

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They just penned a song, “Runnin’ Home to You,” for the March 21 musical episode of “The Flash,” which could well win them an Emmy this summer. And they could take home Grammys next winter for both the cast recording of “Dear Evan Hansen” (Best Musical Theater Album) and their Oscar-winning tune from “La La Land” (Best Song Written for Visual Media).

To cap it all off, they may well end back at next year’s Oscars as nominees for or or two of their songs from Hugh Jackman’s upcoming movie musical, “The Greatest Showman on Earth,” in which he play P.T. Barnum.

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