The six nominees for Best Musical Theater Album at the 65th annual Grammy Awards have been revealed.
Earning nominations November 15 were the albums for Broadway's A Strange Loop, Mr. Saturday Night, and MJ the Musical, as well as the Broadway revivals of Into the Woods and Caroline, Or Change. Six the Musical's live album from their Broadway opening night was also recognized.
The composers and lyricists of the new scores, along with the producers, were included in the nominations. See below for the full list of individual nomination recipients in the category.
Additional nominees from the theatre world include the soundtracks for Steven Spielberg's West Side Story in the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media category, and a host of nominations for Lin-Manuel Miranda's Encanto, including Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, and Best Song Written for Visual Media for "We Don't Talk About Bruno."
Hadestown singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell received a Best American Roots Song nomination for "Bright Star" off her self-titled album, and three of the nominees for Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording are theatre favorites; All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business by Mel Brooks as narrated by author Mel Brooks, Finding Me as narrated by author Viola Davis, and Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World as narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Social media maven Randy Rainbow received a Best Comedy Album nomination for his album A Little Brains, A Little Talent, and Renée Fleming received a Best Classical Solo Vocal Album nomination for Voice of Nature — The Anthropocene, alongside pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin. This is Fleming's 10th Grammy nomination, and her eighth in this category, making her the most recognized soloist in the categorie's history.
The Best Opera Recording consists of three nominees this year, including Aucoin: Eurydice from the Metropolitan Opera, Blanchard: Fire Shut Up in My Bones from the Metropolitan Opera, and Davis: X - The Life and Times of Malcolm X from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. See below for the full list of individual nomination recipients in the category.
The 65th annual ceremony will be held February 5, 2023, and air on CBS.
Best Musical Theater Album
Caroline, or Change, John Cariani, Sharon D Clarke, Caissie Levy and Samantha Williams, principal vocalists; Van Dean, Nigel Lilley, Lawrence Manchester, Elliot Scheiner and Jeanine Tesori, producers; Jeanine Tesori, composer; Tony Kushner, lyricist (New Broadway Cast)
Into the Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording), Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Patina Miller and Phillipa Soo, principal vocalists; Rob Berman and Sean Patrick Flahaven, producers (Stephen Sondheim, composer and lyricist) (2022 Broadway Cast)
MJ the Musical, Myles Frost and Tavon Olds-Sample, principal vocalists; David Holcenberg, Derik Lee and Jason Michael Webb, producers (Original Broadway Cast)
Mr. Saturday Night, Shoshana Bean, Billy Crystal, Randy Graff and David Paymer, principal vocalists; Jason Robert Brown, Sean Patrick Flahaven and Jeffrey Lesser, producers; Jason Robert Brown, composer; Amanda Green, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
Six: Live on Opening Night, Joe Beighton, Tom Curran, Sam Featherstone, Paul Gatehouse, Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, producers; Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, composers/lyricists (Original Broadway Cast)
A Strange Loop, Jaquel Spivey, principal vocalist; Michael Croiter, Michael R. Jackson, Charlie Rosen and Rona Siddiqui, producers; Michael R. Jackson, composer and lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
Best Opera Recording
Aucoin: Eurydice, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Barry Banks, Nathan Berg, Joshua Hopkins, Erin Morley and Jakub Józef Orliński; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
Blanchard: Fire Shut Up in My Bones, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Angel Blue, Will Liverman, Latonia Moore and Walter Russell III; David Frost, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
Davis: X — The Life and Times of Malcolm X, Gil Rose, conductor; Ronnita Miller, Whitney Morrison, Victor Robertson and Davóne Tines; Gil Rose, producer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Odyssey Opera Chorus)