It looks like there’s a new handy shortcut to EGOT. First Cynthia Erivo won a Tony, Grammy and Emmy for Broadway’s “The Color Purple.” Then Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones achieved the same hat trick for “Dear Evan Hansen.” Now it looks like Katrina Lenk and Ari’el Stachel are on their way to the same rare feat for their performances in “The Band’s Visit.” And it’s thanks in part to a relatively new category at the Daytime Emmys: Best Musical Performance in a Daytime Program.
The Tonys, of course, honor the best musicals on Broadway. The Grammys have long done the same with their Best Musical Theater Album category for cast recordings. But since 2016 the Daytime Emmys have also honored musical performances on daytime programs, which means singers and theater performers are now able to win for promoting their work on a talk show or morning show. Rachel Platten won the inaugural award for singing “Fight Song” on “Good Morning America.” Then the cast of “The Color Purple” won for performing on “Today” (2017). And most recently the cast of “Dear Evan Hansen” also won for performing on “Today” (2018). Now the cast of “The Band’s Visit” is in contention for singing “Answer Me” on — you guessed it — “Today” (watch it below).
So this looks like a pretty good way to cross off three quarters of your EGOT in less than 12 months, but as shortcuts go, it’s a deceptively difficult one. First, you have to be cast in a Broadway musical and perform eight shows a week. But you also have to make sure you’re in a hit show with enough acclaim to actually win a Tony Award for it. And it needs to be a show with enough crossover popularity that the cast recording wins a Grammy. Compared to all that, booking a gig on a morning show is the easy part, but there’s still no guarantee that out of the countless musical performances in daytime TV every year that you’ll be singled out for a nomination and a win at the Emmys.
Oh, and one more thing. Though this path takes care of most of your EGOT, you’ve still got to win an Oscar, which is the toughest nut to crack since those awards have relatively few categories and can be quite fickle. You could win on your first try like EGOT winner John Legend, or you could spend decades waiting like Diane Warren or Glenn Close. So if Lenk and Stachel do end up winning the Emmy this year, perhaps they can team up with Erivo, Platt and Jones on a movie project they can all win for together. Easy as pie.
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