Dynamic new casts were shedding shed new light on some familiar recordings of stage musicáls in 1994-95. Four of these -- plus the original cast album of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" -- were nominated for the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Cast Recording.
The Grammy Award voters will cast their votes in the weeks before the Feb. 28 broadcast, but here's your chance to let us know which cast album is your favorite among nominees for the 38th annual award.
We'll total up the votes and put them online Feb. 27, the day before the Grammy broadcast, and see how well the Grammy voters are in synch with the public.
E-mail your vote (please include a detailed and passionate explanation of why you voted as you did!) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 25. Write-ins are welcome.
Here are the nominees:
* "Anyone Can Whistle: Live at Carnegie Hall" (the Bernadette Peters/ Madeline Kahn recording of the concert that benefited BC/EFA).
* "Hello, Dolly!" (the Carol Channing revival).
* "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (the Matthew Broderick revival).
* "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (the Vanessa Williams recording).
* "Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Music of Leiber and Stoller" (the only original cast album on the list).-- By Robert Viagas, Managing Editor, Playbill On-Line