Justin Paul has done it again!
The 2003 Staples High School graduate and his songwriting partner Benj Pasek snagged a Grammy today.
“Dear Evan Hansen” won for Best Musical Theater Album.
Most songwriters would consider that a career-capping coup.
But for Pasek and Paul — neither of them old enough yet to run for president — the Grammy is merely one more award in a year that’s been packed with them.
The duo have already won an Oscar (for “La La Land”) and a Tony (“Dear Evan Hansen”).
If they receive an Emmy, they’ll not just have the exalted status of EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar Tony). They’ll be the youngest ever.
And the fastest.
Of the 12 EGOT performers, the youngest so far is composer Robert Lopez. He was 39 years old — and it took him 14 years.
The Vulture website says:
It’s possible that they could complete entertainment’s holy grail later this year if nominated for their work on Fox’s A Christmas Story Live!, which they wrote just as they did the original Broadway production it was based on. Say they don’t do it then? No matter: They can just ask their good friend Damien Chazelle to let them do the music for his new TV projects, or, really, just put their golden touch on anything televised.
Then again, Pasek and Paul might invent their own category: EGOTGG.
Earlier this month they earned a Golden Globe for “Best original song, motion picture” for “This Is Me,” from “The Greatest Showman.”
Move over, PT Barnum. Justin Paul and Benj Pasek may well be the greatest showmen ever.
(Hat tips: Beth Cody and Lyn Hogan)