Will Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones be this year’s Cynthia Erivo? When the 2018 Daytime Emmy nominations were announced on Wednesday, March 21, Platt, Jones and their co-stars in the Broadway hit “Dear Evan Hansen” were nominated for Best Musical Performance in a Daytime Program for their rendition of “You Will Be Found” on NBC’s “Today” (watch above). That means they could end up winning a Tony, Grammy and Emmy for the same Broadway show just like Erivo did last year for “The Color Purple.” So when’s the movie version so they can wrap up their EGOT in record time?
Erivo started her winning streak by claiming Best Actress in a Musical for “Color Purple” in 2016. Then she won a 2017 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album as a principal soloist on the cast recording. And finally she claimed the 2017 Daytime Emmy for Best Musical Performance for her own appearance on “Today” with the rest of the “Color Purple” cast.
Now “Evan Hansen” is following the same trajectory. Platt won Best Actor in a Musical and Jones won Best Featured Actress in a Musical at the Tonys for their roles in the show, about the socially anxious title character who lies about his relationship with a classmate who has died. Then Platt and Jones won a 2018 Grammy with their fellow performers for the cast recording. And now they’re up for a Daytime Emmy. Interestingly, one of their “Evan Hansen” co-stars already has a couple of Daytime Emmys: Michael Park won Best Actor twice (2010-2011) for starring on “As the World Turns,” but while Park also received a Grammy for the cast recording, he wasn’t up for a Tony so he won’t be able to close in on that EGOT like Platt and Jones can.
If Platt and Jones win the Daytime Emmy they’ll be an Oscar away from completing their grand slam of show business awards. That would be especially remarkable for Platt as he’s only 24-years-old and conceivably has decades to pursue that Academy Award. If not a “Dear Evan Hansen” film adaptation, perhaps someone could green-light an original musical starring Platt, Jones, and Erivo, produced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and featuring original songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Cyndi Lauper so they can all finish their EGOT at the same time. Make it happen, Hollywood — the academy is waiting.
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