The Broadway wing of the Grammy Awards nominees announced this morning included five-time winner Steve Martin and five-time nominee Sarah Bareilles. Also in the mix: Kinky Boots (produced by Masterworks Broadway), the Cyndi Lauper-scored show that won the 2014 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, cited this time for the London cast recording.
The nominees also provide Grammy second chances for two revivals, Fiddler On The Roof (Broadway Records), with its Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick score, which lost in 1965 to Funny Girl; and The Color Purple (Broadway Records).
Bareilles, a 2014 Best Album nominee for Blessed Unrest, wrote the score for Waitress (DMI Soundtracks), a carryover hit from last season that also was a Tony Award best score nominee.
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Martin and Edie Brickell, who together won the first Grammy for American Roots Song, in 2014, are nominated for Bright Star (Ghostlight), the Broadway show that incorporated songs from their bluegrass-inspired albums. Bright Star was acclaimed for its music but never caught fire at the box office. Martin’s a Grammy veteran, having also won Best Comedy Album in 1978 and ’79; Best Country Instrumental in 2002 and Best Bluegrass Album in 2010.
The Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple also featured Grammy veterans, with its score by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. The cast album is led by Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks.
Two significant contemporary operas also featured in the nominees named Tuesday: The Los Angeles Opera recording of John Corigliano and William Hoffman’s The Ghosts of Versailles and the Santa Fe Opera recording of Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer’s Cold Mountain.
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