Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Hamilton on film and Lin-Manuel's Journey to EGOT

This news came out a few weeks ago, but I haven't gotten a chance to process it. 

A film production of Hamilton is set to be released in October 2021.  The film will feature the actors from the original Broadway cast, including Daveed Diggs Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillippa Soo, and Leslie Odom, Jr.

Considering that they last performed this together in 2016, I'm surprised it's taken them this long.  It's possible that they didn't want to cannibalize sales of the theatrical touring show.  (Another theory I have is that they wanted to give it a long announce date so that no other movies dare compete with it)

I've seen Hamilton in Chicago 4 times, and would happily shell out again to see it on film.  It is such a phenomenon. (My wife is jealous, because I've seen it one more time than she has.) 

I have seen bootleg videos of this production with these actors, but I never saw it live.  (I've certainly heard it enough times!)  This is a great birthday present for me in two years (and almost certainly a shoo-in to win Lin-Manuel the final O in his journey to EGOT. )

For those of you without an awards-show obsessed wife,  the EGOT is a special imaginary award given to people who get an Emmy, a Grammy, and Oscar, and a Tony.  There’s no actual award, but the winners of all four are small in number. (Wikipedia says that there are 15 current EGOT awardees)

There's a good deal of info in this infographic
 from Cinemablend but it hasn't been updated recently. 
There have been 5 new EGOT winners since!
  • Richard Rodgers
  • Helen Hayes
  • Rita Moreno
  • John Gielgud
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Marvin Hamlisch
  • Jonathan Tunick
  • Mel Brooks
  • Mike Nichols
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Scott Rudin
  • Robert Lopez
  • John Legend
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Tim Rice

    With an asterisk (one or more awards were noncompetitive)
  • Barbara Streisand
  • Liza Minelli

Amazingly, there are nearly 100 other people that are lacking one award to be EGOT owners.

Full info available on Wikipedia's EGOT page.

If Lin-Manuel does win the Oscar, then he will also hold the PEGOT, which includes either a Pulitzer or a Peabody, depending on who you ask.

And Alex Lacamoire, the arranger and musical director of Hamilton will also probably become an EGOT winner, as he is also lacking an Oscar.

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