Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album

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Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album
Awarded for quality musical theater cast recordings
Country United States
Presented by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded 1959
Currently held by The Color Purple (2017)

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.

Over the years, the qualifications for the individual nominees has fluctuated with principal artists, composers, and producers at one point being the sole eligible nominee, to the more recent standard which includes those whose contributions accounted for the majority of the album. As of 2012, the award description is as follows: "Award to the principal 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." Therefore, composers and lyricists are ineligible when recordings contain a majority of previously released material (revivals, collected works). Also, while they are not listed among the nominees, since 2001 the Recording Academy has awarded an official Grammy to the engineers/mixers of the winning 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

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 to 2011 it was awarded as Best Musical Show Album
  • From 2012 it has been known as Best Musical Theater Album.[1]


Year[I] Winner(s) Work Nominees Ref.
1959 Willson, MeredithMeredith Willson (composer) The Music Man [2][3]
1960 Merman, EthelEthel Merman (artist) (TIE)
Verdon, GwenGwen Verdon (artist) (TIE)
Gypsy (TIE)
Redhead (TIE)
1961 Hammerstein II, OscarOscar Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers (composers) The Sound Of Music [2][5]
1962 Loesser, FrankFrank Loesser (composer) How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying [2][6]
1963 Rodgers, RichardRichard Rodgers (composer) No Strings [2][7]
1964 Bock, JerryJerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick (composers) She Loves Me [2][8]
1965 Merrill, BobBob Merrill & Jule Styne (composers) Funny Girl [2][9]
1966 Lerner, Alan J.Alan J. Lerner & Burton Lane (composers) On a Clear Day You Can See Forever [2][10]
1967 Herman, JerryJerry Herman (composer) Mame [2][11]
1968 Ebb, FredFred Ebb & John Kander (composers)
 · produced by Goddard Lieberson
Cabaret [2][12]
1969 MacDermot, GaltGalt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni & James Rado (composers)
 · produced by Andy Wiswell
Hair [2][13]
1970 Bacharach, BurtBurt Bacharach & Hal David (composers)
 · produced by Henry Jerome & Phil Ramone
Promises, Promises [2][14]
1971 Sondheim, StephenStephen Sondheim (composer)
 · produced by Thomas Z. Shepard
Company [2][15]
1972 Schwartz, StephenStephen Schwartz (composer)
 · produced by Stephen Schwartz
Godspell [2][16]
1973 Grant, MickiMicki Grant (composer)
 · produced by Jerry Ragavoy
Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope [2][17]
1974 Sondheim, StephenStephen Sondheim (composer)
 · produced by Goddard Lieberson
A Little Night Music [2][18]
1975 Woldin, JuddJudd Woldin & Robert Brittan (composers)
 · produced by Thomas Z. Shepard
Raisin [2][19]
1976 Smalls, CharlieCharlie Smalls (composer)
 · produced by Jerry Wexler
The Wiz [2][20]
1977 Peretti, HugoHugo Peretti & Luigi Creatore (producers) Bubbling Brown Sugar [2][21]
1978 Strouse, CharlesCharles Strouse & Martin Charnin (composers)
 · produced by Charles Strouse & Larry Morton
Annie [2][22]
1979 Shepard, Thomas Z.Thomas Z. Shepard (producer) Ain't Misbehavin' [2][23]
1980 Sondheim, StephenStephen Sondheim (composer & lyricist)
 · produced by Thomas Z. Shepard
Sweeney Todd [2][24]
1981 Lloyd Webber, AndrewAndrew Lloyd Webber (composer) & Tim Rice (lyricist)
 · produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice
Evita - Premier American Recording [2][25]
1982 Jones, QuincyQuincy Jones (producer) Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music [2][25]
1983 Krieger, HenryHenry Krieger (composer) & Tom Eyen (lyricist)
 · produced by David Foster
Dreamgirls [2][25]
1984 Lloyd Webber, AndrewAndrew Lloyd Webber (producer) Cats (Complete Original Broadway Cast Recording) [2][25]
1985 Sondheim, StephenStephen Sondheim (composer & lyricist)
 · produced by Thomas Z. Shepard
Sunday in the Park with George [2][25]
1986 McClure, JohnJohn McClure (producer) West Side Story [2][25]
1987 Shepard, Thomas Z.Thomas Z. Shepard (producer) Follies in Concert [2][25]
1988 Schonberg, Claude-MichelClaude-Michel Schonberg (composer)
 · lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer;
 · produced by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg
Les Misérables (Original Broadway Cast Recording) [2][26]
1989 Sondheim, StephenStephen Sondheim (composer & lyricist)
 · produced by Jay David Saks
Into the Woods [2][25]
1990 Jay David Saks (producer) Jerome Robbins' Broadway [2][25]
1991 David Caddick (producer) Les Misérables: The Complete Symphonic Recording [2][25]
1992 Coleman, CyCy Coleman (composer)
 · lyrics by Adolph Green & Betty Comden;
 · produced by Cy Coleman & Mike Berniker
The Will Rogers Follies [2][25]
1993 Jay David Saks (producer) Guys and Dolls - The New Broadway Cast Recording [2][25]
1994 Townshend, PetePete Townshend (composer & lyricist)
 · produced by George Martin
The Who's Tommy [2][25]
1995 Sondheim, StephenStephen Sondheim (composer & lyricist)
 · produced by Phil Ramone
Passion [2][25]
1996 Mardin, ArifArif Mardin, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller (producers) Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller [2][25]
1997 Whelan, BillBill Whelan (composer & lyricist)
 · produced by Bill Whelan
Riverdance [2][25]
1998 Jay David Saks (producer) Chicago: The Musical (1996 Broadway Revival Cast)
  • Jekyll and Hyde – Karl Richardson & Frank Wildhorn (producers)
  • The Life – Cy Coleman (composer); Ira Gasman (lyricist); Mike Berniker & Cy Coleman (producers)
  • Songs from Ragtime: The Musical (1996 Concept Album) – Stephen Flaherty (composer); Lynn Ahrens (lyricist); Jay David Saks (producer)
  • Titanic – Maury Yeston (composer & lyricist); Tommy Krasker & Maury Yeston (producers)
1999 Mancina, MarkMark Mancina (producer) The Lion King
  • Cabaret (New Broadway Cast) – Jay David Saks (producer)
  • Chicago: The Musical (1998 London Cast) – Thomas Z. Shepard (producer)
  • Ragtime (1998 Original Broadway Cast) – Jay David Saks (producer)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1998 Cast Recording) – Robert Sher (producer)
2000 McDaniel, JohnJohn McDaniel & Stephen Ferrera (producers) Annie Get Your Gun (The New Broadway Cast) [2][29]
2001 John, EltonElton John (composer)
 · lyrics by Tim Rice;
 · produced by Chris Montan, Frank Filipetti, Guy Babylon & Paul Bogaev;
 · engineered/mixed by Frank Filipetti
Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida
  • Kiss Me, Kate (New Broadway Cast) – Hugh Fordin, Paul Gemignani & Don Sebesky (producers)
  • The Music Man (New Broadway Cast) – Hugh Fordin (producer)
  • Swing! – Steven Epstein (producer)
  • The Wild Party – John LaChiusa (composer & lyricist); Phil Ramone (producer)
2002 Brooks, MelMel Brooks (composer & lyricist)
 · produced by Hugh Fordin;
 · engineered/mixed by Cynthia Daniels
The Producers [2][31]
2003 Shaiman, MarcMarc Shaiman (composer)
 · lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman;
 · produced by Marc Shaiman;
 · engineered/mixed by Pete Karam
Hairspray [2][32]
2004 Jay David Saks (producer)
 · engineered/mixed by Ken Hahn, Todd Whitelock & Tom Lazarus
Gypsy: A Musical Fable [2]
2005 Schwartz, StephenStephen Schwartz (composer & lyricist)
 · produced by Stephen Schwartz;
 · engineered/mixed by Frank Filipetti
Wicked [2]
2006 Idle, EricEric Idle & John Du Prez (composers)
 · lyrics by Eric Idle;
 · produced by Eric Idle & John Du Prez;
 · engineered/mixed by Frank Filipetti
Monty Python's Spamalot [2]
2007 Gaudio, RobertRobert Gaudio (producer);
 · engineered/mixed by Pete Karam
Jersey Boys [2]
2008 Sheik, DuncanDuncan Sheik (composer)
 · lyrics by Steven Sater;
 · produced by Duncan Sheik;
 · engineered/mixed by Michael Tudor
Spring Awakening [2][33]
2009 Miranda, Lin-ManuelLin-Manuel Miranda (composer & lyricist)
 · produced by Alex Lacamoire, Andres Levin, Bill Sherman, Joel W. Moss, Kurt Deutsch & Lin-Manuel Miranda;
 · engineered/mixed by Joel W. Moss & Tim Latham
In the Heights [2][34]
2010 David Caddick & David Lai (producer)
 · engineered/mixed by Todd Whitelock
West Side Story (New Broadway Cast Recording) [2][35]
2011 Armstrong, Billie JoeBillie Joe Armstrong (producer)
 · engineered/mixed by Chris Dugan & Chris Lord-Alge
American Idiot (Featuring Green Day) [2][36][37]
2012 Rannells, AndrewAndrew Rannells & Josh Gad (artists)
 · composer & lyrics by Matt Stone, Robert Lopez & Trey Parker;
 · produced by Anne Garefino, Matt Stone, Robert Lopez, Scott Rudin, Stephen Oremus & Trey Parker;
 · engineered/mixed by Frank Filipetti
The Book of Mormon [2][38]
2013 Kazee, SteveSteve Kazee & Cristin Milioti (principal soloists)
 · produced by Steven Epstein & Martin Lowe;
 · engineered/mixed by Richard King
Once: A New Musical [2][39]
2014 Porter, BillyBilly Porter & Stark Sands (principal soloists)
 · composer & lyrics by Cyndi Lauper;
 · produced by Sammy James, Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman;
 · engineered/mixed by Derik Lee & William Wittman
Kinky Boots
  • Matilda: The Musical – Bertie Carvel, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, Milly Shapiro & Lauren Ward (principal soloists); Tim Minchin (composer & lyricist); Michael Croiter, Van Dean & Chris Nightingale (producers)
  • Motown: The Musical – Brandon Victor Dixon & Valisia Lakae (principal soloists); Frank Filipetti & Ethan Popp (producers)
2015 Mueller, JessieJessie Mueller (principal soloist)
 · produced by Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical [2][2]
2016 Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos & Phillipa Soo (principal soloists)
 · music & lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
 · produced by Alex Lacamoire, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bill Sherman, Ahmir Thompson & Tarik Trotter
2017 Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson (principal soloists)
 · produced by Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino
The Color Purple (New Broadway Cast) [41][42]


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