BY: PHEOBE HORIBE
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards are just over two months away and how it’s almost December at this point, I’ll never know (it’s not March still?). The full list of nominees was announced on Tuesday and the list for Best Musical Theater Album has some great albums.
The eligibility date for the Grammys this year was from Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020. With Broadway being closed since March due to coronavirus, this eligibility seemed kind of useless after March, but there were some shows that were able to release an album during the shutdown. Let’s have a look at the shows that were nominated this year.
There’s no surprise that David Byrne’s American Utopia was nominated as tickets sold out fast to that show last year and this year. If you could get your hands on a ticket (other than through Broadway Roulette!), they were generally a few hundred dollars.
Another well-deserved nomination is Jagged Little Pill. When Alanis Morissette’s album first debuted back in 1995, it earned her two nominations and four wins including Album of the Year. She’s since gone on to receive fourteen Grammy nominations and a total of seven wins. Jagged Little Pill was also nominated for fifteen Tony awards this year making it the second most nominated show ever.
The Off-Broadway show Soft Power was nominated and this will be composer Jeanine Tesori’s third Grammy nomination. Tesori also has two Tony nominations under her belt for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Shrek The Musical. She also won a Tony Award with Fun Home for Best Musical.
Another Off-Broadway show was nominated — the beloved revival of Little Shop of Horrors starring Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard, and Christian Borle. This was a spectacular production and the album fits the bill.
Let’s not forget the West End is also eligible for this category. Stephen Schwartz’s Prince of Egypt was open for just under three weeks before shutting down due to the coronavirus. Luckily, they were able to release the album during the West End shutdown to give us all something to look forward to when theaters reopen and the album has now been nominated for a Grammy.
Amélie is also nominated for a Grammy this year, which was surprising to me since the Broadway production closed after 27 previews and 56 regular performances and was most definitely not nominated for a Grammy. However, this UK production has been reimagined with new staging where the actors double as the orchestra, new orchestrations, new sets, and was even nominated for three Olivier Awards despite being scheduled for a limited holiday run. So congrats, Amélie UK, way to keep on dreaming!