Bernadette Peters’ Gypsy Recording Wins Grammy Award; "Chicago," Too

News   Bernadette Peters’ Gypsy Recording Wins Grammy Award; "Chicago," Too The new cast recording of Gypsy — starring two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters — has won the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.

Bernadette Peters in Gypsy
Bernadette Peters in Gypsy Photo by Joan Marcus

The Angel Records CD — produced by Jay David Saks — was nominated in a field that included the Billy Joel musical Movin’ Out as well as the revivals of Flower Drum Song, Man of La Mancha and Nine—The Musical. The Best Musical Show Album Grammy Award was presented in a ceremony prior to the Feb. 8 CBS telecast.

Peters' previous Broadway outing — the award-winning revival of Annie Get Your Gun — also nabbed the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. Also released on the Angel Records label, the Annie Get Your Gun CD was produced by John McDaniel and Stephen Ferrera.

In other theatre-related Grammy news, the soundtrack to the Oscar winning film "Chicago" received a Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media category. The Epic Records release competed against the soundtracks for "Gangs of New York," "Kill Bill—Vol. 1," "A Mighty Wind" and "School of Rock."

Kander and Ebb's "I Move On," which was written for the film version of their award-winning musical Chicago, was also nominated for a Grammy in the Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media category. However, that Grammy was awarded to “A Mighty Wind” from the film of the same name. And, the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Grammy was awarded to Tony Bennett and k.d. Lang for “A Wonderful World.” Others in that category included Bette Midler ("Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook"), Rod Stewart ("As Time Goes By...The Great American Songbook: Volume II"), Barbra Streisand (“The Movie Album”) and the late Rosemary Clooney (“The Last Concert”).

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards were presented Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. CBS broadcast the annual awards ceremony live, 8-11:30 PM ET. Produced in association with Cossette Productions, the ceremony featured 18 performances introduced by a host of celebrities. *

Gypsy began previews at the Shubert Theatre March 31, 2003, and officially opened May 1, 2003. It is scheduled to end its run Feb. 28, 2004. The production will have played 347 performances and 33 previews.

Gypsy received four 2003 Tony Award nominations, including those for star Peters (Best Actress in a Musical), co-stars John Dossett and Tammy Blanchard (Best Featured Actor/Actress in a Musical) and Best Revival of a Musical.

In addition to Bernadette Peters, the Gypsy cast features Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard (Louise), John Dossett (Herbie), Kate Reinders (Dainty June), David Burtka (Tulsa), Heather Tepe (Baby June), Addison Timlin (Baby Louise), Heather Lee (Tessie Tura), Gayton Scott (Miss Cratchit/Electra), Kate Buddeke (Mazeppa), Brooks Ashmanskas (Mr. Goldstone/Pastey), Michael McCormick (Uncle Jocko/Cigar) and William Parry (Pop/Mr. Kringelein).

Gypsy plays Monday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees on Wednesday and Saturdays at 2 PM. Tickets, priced between $60 and $100, are available at the Shubert Theatre box office (225 West 44th Street).