Broadway’s Best Nominated For 58th Annual Grammy Awards
With The Tony Awards and various New York theatre awards still months from now, Broadway gets a tasting of celebration tonight as several shows get to enjoy the honor of being nominated for a Grammy Award for their work! Each year, various shows are honored for their unique and iconic music they present not only on stage but in the life of a cast recording released to the public for sale. Tonight, we celebrate the best of those on Broadway. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of the Broadway productions nominated for Best Musical Theatre Album for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards!
Every year, The Grammy Awards honor the absolute best of the music business in all areas, styles and formats of music. Each year, several Broadway productions are nominated for their work and outstanding music score they present to audiences eight times a week on stage. Due to its timing, there is always a mix of productions nominated with several from the previous season and sometimes various shows from the current season making the list. Previous winners from the past decade include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Kinky Boots, Once: A New Musical, The Book Of Mormon, American Idiot, In The Heights, Spring Awakening and Jersey Boys.
Here are the 2016 Grammy Award nominees for Best Musical Theatre Album;
An American In Paris: Based off of the 1951 Academy Award winning film of the same title, An American In Paris receives a Grammy Award nomination after leaping onto Broadway last season where it officially opened April 12th, 2015. Performing at The Palace Theatre in the heart of Times Square, An American In Paris is a sensational new Broadway musical! The show features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas, An American In Paris won over critics and received 12 Tony Award nominations and went on to win four. The show began it’s pre-Broadway tryout in Paris itself. The show is still playing 8 performances a week on Broadway at The Palace Theatre.
Fun Home: As Broadway’s 2015 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Fun Home receives a Grammy Award nomination just months after it’s writers made history. Fun Home, a new musical with music and lyrics by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori with Kron also penning the book, is based on the 2006 Alison Bechdel memoir of the same name. It story tells of Alison’s relationship with her gay father as she works to unlock the mysteries surrounding not only his but her life. Following a successful Off-Broadway run at The Public Theatre, Fun Home opened on Broadway April 19th, 2015. Fun Home won over critics again on Broadway in its re-staging and went on to be nominated for 12 Tony Awards and win five including Best Musical. The show is still playing 8 performances a week on Broadway at The Circle In The Square Theatre.
The King And I: As the only musical revival nominated this year, Rodger and Hammerstein’s The King And I receives a Tony Award nomination following it’s Tony Award winning return to Broadway. Opening April 16th, 2015 at Lincoln Center, the revival starred Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara in the shows leading roles. The musical is based on the 1944 novel Anna And The King Of Siam by Margaret Landon which speaks of memoirs from Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher hired by the King of Siam in his drive to modernize his country and also the governess to his children, in the early 1860s. This marks the fourth revival of The King And I on Broadway. The revival, like any Lincoln Center produces, was critically acclaimed and received nine Tony Award nominations and went on to win four including Best Revival of a Musical. The show is still playing 8 performances a week on Broadway at The Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center.
Something Rotten!: Ever wondered how the musical theatre art-form itself was created? Broadway’s funniest comedy, Something Rotten!, received a Grammy Award nomination for tackling such a task last spring! Something Rotten!, featuring a book by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick with music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick, tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom who take on the legendary Shakespeare himself by creating the world’s first musical! However, with the help of a soothsayer, Broadway audiences will not only get to enjoy this new musical comedy but many Broadway favorites in this production paying homage to Broadway itself. Something Rotten! officially opened April 22nd, 2015 and was a hit with critics and audiences alike! The musical was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and went on to win one. The show is still playing 8 performances a week on Broadway at The St. James Theatre
Hamilton: Arguably Broadway’s hottest ticket, Hamilton has managed to score itself a Grammy Award nomination months ahead of the New York theatre awards season even beginning. Hamilton, featuring music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, tells the story of America then by America now. It specifically follows the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first secretary of treasury, and his turbulent life as he struggled to find his way in America rising to the top of the political scene as a new nation is being born. The musical has also exploded into pop culture as its multi-racial cast (Thats the “America now” part) raps its way through the story with George Washington and countless other historical figures using hip-hop to make their way through the revolution. As mentioned above, Hamilton is new to the Broadway scene and still in the midst of its first season on The Great White Way. While no award nominations have been announced yet, we are indeed not far from the New York theatre awards season beginning and seeing what Hamilton is nominated for. The show is still playing 8 performances a week on Broadway at The Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Luner on Theatre congratulates all of the nominees for the 58th Annual Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Albums! Having listened to all of these cast recordings, we are looking forward to seeing who takes home tonight’s top honor! Each and every single one of these productions has a unqiue sound to it that makes that show and Broadway the best it can possibly be. Stay tuned to see who is the winner of the 58th Annual Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album! In the meantime, catch up on the rest of the theatre you want and need to know here on Luner on Theatre!