EGOT Watch: Katrina Lenk and Ari’el Stachel win at Daytime Emmys and are now an Oscar away from the grand slam

There’s definitely a new quick path to EGOT — or at least three-quarters of it. First Cynthia Erivo won a Tony, Grammy and Emmy for “The Color Purple.” Then Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones achieved the same triple play for “Dear Evan Hansen.” And on Friday night, May 3, Katrina Lenk and Ari’el Stachel accomplished the same rare feat for their performances in “The Band’s Visit.” It’s thanks to a relatively new category at the Daytime Emmys: Best Musical Performance in a Daytime Program. Check out the complete list of Daytime Emmy Creative Arts winners here.

The Tonys honor the best musicals on Broadway. The Grammys have long done the same with their Best Musical Theater Album category. And since 2016 the Daytime Emmys have 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 first prize for singing “Fight Song” on “Good Morning America.” Then the cast of “The Color Purple” prevailed for performing on “Today” (2017). And in 2018 the cast of “Dear Evan Hansen” also won for performing on “Today.” Now the cast of “The Band’s Visit” has won for singing “Answer Me” on — you guessed it — “Today” (watch the video below).

Lenk and Stachel weren’t the only Emmy champs who were just crowned. The winning cast from the show that claimed this Emmy also included Tony Shalhoub, John Cariani, George Abud, Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Andrew Polk, Bill Army, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh, Alok Tewari, Ossama Farouk, Sam Sadigursky, Harvey Valdes and Garo Yellin. But of the cast members only Lenk and Stachel also won both a Grammy and a Tony for their work.

This is a pretty good way to complete most 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.

And even 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 perennial bridesmaids Diane Warren or Glenn Close. So maybe Lenk and Stachel can team up with Erivo, Platt and Jones on a movie project they can all win for together. Simple as that.

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