Who's got an EGOT? Only 18 artists in history have earned an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award, giving them the special, if not odd, moniker EGOT winner. Composer Richard Rodgers was the first to complete the set and Viola Davis the most recent. Composer Robert Lopez has even done it twice! That's right. The Frozen and Book of Mormon composer has two of each awards.
The origin of the acronym of the acronym is a fun story. While many think "EGOT" was coined by the sitcom 30 Rock, it actually appeared about 20 years earlier in 1984, when Miami Vice star Philip Michael Thomas told reporters it was his career goal to earn all four awards, previously known as a "grand slam." He even had a medallion of the acronym made. That's where 30 Rock comes in. Tracy Morgan's character comes across Thomas's pendant, inspiring him to begin his own chase for the status. (Of course, the 30 Rock version of the necklace was far more gaudy than the small personal reminder Thomas sported around his neck.)
So, which of this year's Tony winners got a step closer to closing the deal on an EGOT? There were 15 new Tony winners, not counting producers, so technically they have one prize down (three more to go). But we're going to zero in on the new Tony winners who also already have another letter in their tally. While there are some theatre artists who just need one more letter to complete (go get that Oscar, Lin-Manuel!), this year's winners still need at least two more prizes for the full set.
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Newly-minted Tony winners Sean Hayes and Jodie Comer have each already earned their first letter in the EGOT. Hayes, whose first Tony came this season for his portrayal of Oscar Levant in Good Night, Oscar, has previously earned two Emmy Awards. One for his role as Jack in the long-running sitcom Will and Grace and one for hosting the 64th Annual Tony Awards ceremony. Comer won an Emmy in 2019 for her turn as Villanelle in the British spy series Killing Eve. She just took home the Tony for her Broadway debut as Tessa in the one-woman tour de force Prima Facie. She also earned an Olivier for that performance on the West End, but sadly, that O doesn't count for her EGOT.
OK. OK. We weren't going to talk about producers*, but we need to talk about Lorne Michaels. The well-known television producer and creator of Saturday Night Live is actually the most Emmy-winning individual in history. He has 21 wins from a staggering 98 nominations, plus one special honor. His first win was for writing on the 1974 Lily Tomlin special Lily. And now Michaels has a Tony Award. He's produced four Broadway shows and earned a win with this year's Best Play winner, Leopoldstadt.
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Orchestrator Charlie Rosen added a second letter to his set with his Best Orchestration win for Some Like It Hot, which he shares with Bryan Carter. Rosen previously won a 2022 Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for his work on “Meta Knight's Revenge,” performed by The 8-Bit Big Band.
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Let's talk about David Lindsay-Abaire. Though previously nominated, the playwright just earned his first Tony Awards, taking two statues for Kimberly Akimbo: one for Best Book and one shared with Jeanine Tesori for Best Score. Although he has not yet earned an Emmy, Grammy, or Oscar, he has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his 2007 play Rabbit Hole, putting him on track for the even-rarer PEGOT.
So, that's it for this year, but you best believe we'll be watching the 2024 Grammy Awards when they roll around in February to see if any of this season's Tony winners add a "G." It's easy to imagine that Bonnie Milligan, Alex Newell, Victoria Clark, or J. Harrison Ghee might do so—should one of their shows win Best Musical Theatre Album. Or it could be Sweeney Todd or Parade, who knows?
*Why no producers? Because, frankly, it's too hard to keep up with all of them! A lot of times investors get together and form one new LLC as a group, with that LLC serving as the show's official producer, so we might not always know all the individual producers in said group. We trust they'll tell us when they're getting close to filling the trophy cabinet (we're looking at you, Mariah Carey)!