Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album

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Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album
A gold gramophone trophy with a plaque set on a table
Gilded gramophone trophy presented to Grammy Award winners
Awarded for quality musical theater cast recordings
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1959
Last awarded 2013
Official website grammy.com

The Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album has been awarded since 1959. The award was given only to the album producer, and to the composer and lyricist who wrote at least 51% of the music which had not been recorded previously.

From 2012, the award description is as follows: "Award to the principle vocalist(s) and the album producer(s) of 51% or more playing time of the album. The lyricist(s) and composer(s) of a new score are eligible for an Award if they have written and/or composed a new score which comprises 51% or more playing time of the album."

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were handed out, for music released in the previous year. As of 2008, the current eligibility year is defined by the Recording Academy as beginning October 1, and ending the following September 30. Awards are given in February following the eligibility period.

Name Changes[edit]

This award has had several minor name changes:

  • In 1959 the award was known as Best Original Cast Album (Broadway or TV)
  • In 1960 it was awarded as Best Broadway Show Album
  • In 1961 it was awarded as Best Show Album (Original Cast)
  • From 1962 to 1963 it was awarded as Best Original Cast Show Album
  • From 1964 to 1973 it was awarded as Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album
  • From 1974 to 1975 it was awarded as Best Score From the Original Cast Show Album
  • From 1976 to 1986 it was awarded as Best Cast Show Album
  • From 1987 to 1991 it was awarded as Best Musical Cast Show Album
  • From 1992 it 2011 it was awarded as Best Musical Show Album
  • From 2012 it has been known as Best Musical Theater Album.[1]

1950s[edit]

Year Award Title Winners Ref
1959 Best Original Cast Album (Broadway Or TV) The Music Man Meredith Willson (composer) & the original cast with Robert Preston, Barbara Cook, David Burns, Eddie Hodges, Pert Kelton & Helen Raymond [2]
Best Sound Track Album, Dramatic Picture Score Or Original Cast: Gigi André Previn (artist) [2]

1960s[edit]

Year Award Title Winners Ref
1960 Best Broadway Show Album (Tie) Gypsy Ethel Merman & the original cast [2]
Redhead The original cast with Gwen Verdon, Richard Kiley, Leonard Stone, Doris Rich, Cynthia Latham, Joy Nichols, Bob Dixon & Pat Ferrier [2]
Best Sound Track Album, Original Cast - Motion Picture Or Television Porgy And Bess André Previn & Ken Darby [2]
1961 Best Show Album (Original Cast) The Sound of Music Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers (composers), Mary Martin & the original cast [2]
Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Original Cast From A Motion Picture Or Television Can-Can Cole Porter (composer) [2]
1962 Best Original Cast Show Album How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Frank Loesser (composer) & the original cast with Robert Morse, Rudy Vallee, Charles Nelson Reilly, Bonnie Scott, Claudette Southerland & Sammy Smith [2]
Best Sound Track Album Or Recording Of Original Cast From Motion Picture Or Television West Side Story Irwin Kostal, John Green, Saul Chaplin & Sid Ramin, (music directors) [2]
Year Title Winners Ref
1963 No Strings Richard Rodgers (composer) & the original cast with Richard Kiley, Diahann Carroll, Bernice Mass, Noelle Adam, Don Chastain, Mitchell Gregg & Noelle Adam [3]
1964 She Loves Me Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick (composers) & the original cast with Barbara Cook, Jack Cassidy, Barbara Baxley, Daniel Massey, Nathaniel Frey, Ralph Williams & Jo Wilder [3]
1965 Funny Girl Jule Styne & Robert Merrill (composers) & the original cast with Barbra Streisand, Sydney Chaplin, Danny Meehan, Kay Medford, Jean Stapleton & John Lankston [3]
1966 On a Clear Day Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane (composers), & the original cast with Barbara Harris, John Cullum, Tito Vandis, Byron Webster & William Daniels [3]
1967 Mame Jerry Herman (composer) & the original cast with Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur, Jane Connell, Charles Braswell, Jerry Lanning & Frankie Michaels [3]
1968 Cabaret Fred Ebb, John Kander (composers), Goddard Lieberson (producer) & the original cast with Joel Grey, Jill Haworth, Lotte Lenya, Jack Gilford & Bert Convy [3]
1969 Hair **Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni, James Rado (composers), Andy Wiswell (producer) the original cast with Ronnie Dyson, Gerome Ragni, Steve Curry, Lamont Washington, Diane Keaton, Melba Moore & James Rado [3]

1970s[edit]

Year Title Winners Ref
1970 Promises, Promises Burt Bacharach, Hal David (composers), Henry Jerome, Phil Ramone (producers) & the original cast with Jerry Orbach, Jill O'Hara, Edward Winter, Donna McKechnie, A .L. Hines, Marian Mercer & Paul Reed [3]
1971 Company Stephen Sondheim (composer), Thomas Z. Shepard (producer) & the original cast with Dean Jones, Barbara Barrie, George Coe, Teri Ralston, John Cunningham & Beth Howland [3]
1972 Godspell Stephen Schwartz (composer & producer) & the original cast [3]
1973 Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope Micki Grant (composer), Jerry Ragovoy (producer) & the original cast with Alex Bradford, Hope Clarke & Bobby Hill [3]
1974 A Little Night Music Stephen Sondheim (composer), Goddard Lieberson (producer) & the original cast with Glynis Johns, Len Cariou, Hermione Gingold, Victoria Mallory, Patricia Elliott & Teri Ralston [3]
1975 Raisin Robert Brittan, Judd Woldin (composers), Thomas Z. Shepard (producer) & the original cast with Virginia Capers, Joe Morton, Ernestine Jackson, Robert Jackson, Deborah Allen & Helen Martin [3]
1976 The Wiz Charlie Smalls (composer), Jerry Wexler (producer) & the original cast with Stephanie Mills & Dee Dee Bridgewater [3]
1977 Bubbling Brown Sugar Luigi Creatore & Hugo Peretti (producers) & various artists [3]
1978 Annie Martin Charnin (composer), Charles Strouse (composer & producer), Larry Morton (producer) & the original cast with Andrea McArdle & Dorothy Loudon [3]
1979 Ain't Misbehavin' Thomas Z. Shepard (producer) & various artists [3]

1980s[edit]

Year Title Winners Ref
1980 Sweeney Todd Stephen Sondheim (composer & lyricist), Thomas Z. Shepard (producer) & the original cast with Angela Lansbury & Len Cariou [3]
1981 Evita - Premier American Recording Andrew Lloyd Webber (producer and composer), Tim Rice (producer and lyricist) & the original cast with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin [3]
1982 Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Quincy Jones (producer) & Lena Horne [3]
1983 Dreamgirls Henry Krieger (composer), Tom Eyen (lyricist), David Foster (producer) & various artists [3]
1984 Cats (Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording) Andrew Lloyd Webber (producer) & the original Broadway cast [3]
1985 Sunday in the Park with George Stephen Sondheim (composer & lyricist), Thomas Z. Shepard (producer) & the original cast [3]
1986 West Side Story John McClure (producer), José Carreras & Kiri Te Kanawa [3]
1987 Follies in Concert Thomas Z. Shepard (producer) & the original 1986 cast for Follies in Concert [3]
1988 Les Misérables Claude-Michel Schönberg (composer & producer), Herbert Kretzmer (lyricist), Alain Boublil (producers), & the original Broadway cast [3]
1989 Into the Woods Jay David Saks (producer), Stephen Sondheim (composer & lyricist) & various artists [3]

1990s[edit]

Year Title Winners Ref
1990 Jerome Robbins' Broadway Jay David Saks (producer) & the original cast with Jason Alexander & Debbie Shapiro & Robert La Fasse [3]
1991 Les Misérables - The Complete Symphonic Recording David Caddick (producer) & cast members with Gary Morris [3]
1992 The Will Rogers Follies Cy Coleman (producer and composer), Mike Berniker (producer), Adolph Green, Betty Comden (lyricists) & the original Broadway cast [3]
1993 Guys and Dolls - The New Broadway Cast Recording Jay David Saks (producer) & the new Broadway cast [3]
1994 The Who's Tommy George Martin (producer), Pete Townshend (composer & lyricist) & the original cast [3]
1995 Passion Phil Ramone (producer), Stephen Sondheim (composer & lyricist) & the original cast [3]
1996 Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller Arif Mardin (producer), Jerry Leiber (producer/composer), Mike Stoller (producer/composer) [3]
1997 Riverdance Bill Whelan (composer, lyricist & producer) & various artists [3]
1998 Chicago the Musical Jay David Saks (producer), performed by various artists featuring Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton & Joel Grey [3]
1999 The Lion King Mark Mancina (producer) & the original Broadway cast [3]

2000s[edit]

Year Title Winners Ref
2000 Annie Get Your Gun John McDaniel, Stephen Ferrera (producers) & the new Broadway cast with Bernadette Peters & Tom Wopat [3]
2001 Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida Frank Filipetti (engineer/mixer & producer), Guy Babylon & Paul Bogaev, Chris Montan (producers), Elton John (composer), Tim Rice (lyricist) & the original Broadway cast with Heather Headley, Adam Pascal, and Sherie Rene Scott [3]
2002 The Producers Cynthia Daniels (engineer), Hugh Fordin (producer), Mel Brooks (composer/lyricist) & the original Broadway cast with Nathan Lane & Matthew Broderick [3]
2003 Hairspray Peter Karam (engineer/mixer), Marc Shaiman (producer, composer & lyricist) & Scott Wittman (lyricist) & the original Broadway cast including Marissa Jaret Winokur & Harvey Fierstein [3]
2004 Gypsy Todd Whitelock, Tom Lazarus (engineers), Ken Hahn (engineer/mixer) & Jay David Saks (engineer/mixer & producer) performed by the New Broadway cast with Bernadette Peters, Tammy Blanchard, John Dossett & others [3]
2005 Wicked Stephen Schwartz (producer & composer/lyricist), performed by the original Broadway cast with Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel [3]
2006 Monty Python's Spamalot John Du Prez & Eric Idle (producers & composers), Eric Idle (lyricist), performed by Original Broadway Cast Including David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry, Hank Azaria & Sara Ramirez [3]
2007 Jersey Boys Bob Gaudio, producer (Bob Gaudio, composer; Bob Crewe, lyricist), performed by Original Broadway Cast Including Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, John Lloyd Young & Others) [3]
2008 Spring Awakening Duncan Sheik, producer; (Duncan Sheik, composer; Steven Sater, lyricist), performed by Original Broadway Cast with Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele & Others [3]
2009 In the Heights Kurt Deutsch, Alex Lacamoire, Andrés Levin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Moss & Bill Sherman, producers; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/lyricist, performed by Original Broadway Cast with Lin-Manuel Miranda & Others [3]

2010s[edit]

Year Title Winners Ref
2010 West Side Story David Caddick & David Lai, producers; Leonard Bernstein, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist. Performed by the New Broadway Cast with Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione & Others [3][4]
2011 American Idiot (Featuring Green Day) Billie Joe Armstrong, producer. Chris Dugan & Chris Lord-Alge, engineers/mixers. [3][5]
2012 The Book of Mormon Josh Gad & Andrew Rannells (principal soloists);
Anne Garefino, Robert Lopez, Stephen Oremus, Trey Parker, Scott Rudin & Matt Stone (producers); Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone (composers/lyricists)
[3][6]
2013 Once: A New Musical Steve Kazee & Cristin Milioti, principal soloists; Steven Epstein & Martin Lowe, producers (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, composers/lyricists)
2014 Kinky Boots Billy Porter & Stark Sands (principal soloists); Sammy James Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman (producers); Cyndi Lauper (composer and lyricist) (performed by the Original Broadawy Cast)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grammy Awards restructuring
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Past Winners Search". Grammy.com. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax "Past Winners Search". Grammy.com. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Nominees and Winners". Grammys.com. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nominees and Winners". Grammys.com. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  6. ^ BWW News Desk (February 12, 2012). "The 2012 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album Goes to THE BOOK OF MORMON!". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 12 February 2012.