Idiot's Delight! American Idiot Cast Album Wins Grammy Award

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The winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album is American Idiot, produced by Billie Joe Armstrong.

American Idiot stars John Gallagher, Jr. and Rebecca Naomi Jones.
American Idiot stars John Gallagher, Jr. and Rebecca Naomi Jones. Photo by Paul Kolnik

The award was announced in the Feb. 13 "pre-telecast" of the 53rd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Grammys, presented by The Recording Academy, represent excellence in the recording industry. Albums released in 2010 are being honored.

The main Grammy Awards ceremony will be telecast live starting at 8 PM on CBS-TV.

The 2011 Show Album nominees also included Fela!, A Little Night Music, Sondheim on Sondheim and Promises, Promises. All of these musicals appeared on Broadway in 2010. Only American Idiot is still running, at the St. James. For this Grammy, the recipient of the award is the album's producer, not the writers or performers of the project.

A touring production of the Michael Mayer-directed musical, with a score by Green Day, lyrics by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and libretto co-written by Mayer and Armstrong, will rehearse in the summer for an autumn launch.

American Idiot currently stars Armstrong as St. Jimmy (on Broadway through Feb. 27, followed by Davey Havok in the role), has choreography by Steven Hoggett and musical supervision by Tom KittKevin Adams and Christine Jones won Tony Awards for their scenic and lighting design, respectively. The musical — inspired by the Grammy-winning punk album of the same name (it was named Best Rock Album in 2005) — had its world premiere in fall 2009 in Green Day's old stomping ground: Berkeley, CA, at Berkeley Rep.

Here are the nominees in the Best Musical Show Album category at a glance:

 

American Idiot (Featuring Green Day)
Billie Joe Armstrong, producer (Green Day, composers; Billie Joe Armstrong, lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast With John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Esper & Others) [Reprise]

Fela!
Robert Sher, producer (Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, composer; Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast With Sahr Ngaujah, Lillias White & Others) [Knitting Factory]

A Little Night Music
Tommy Krasker, producer (Stephen Sondheim, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (2009 Broadway Revival Cast With Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angela Lansbury & Others) [Nonesuch - PS Classics]

Promises, Promises
David Caddick & David Lai, producers (Burt Bacharach, composer; Hal David, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast With Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth & Others) [Masterworks Broadway]

Sondheim On Sondheim
Philip Chaffin & Tommy Krasker, producers (Stephen Sondheim, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast With Barbara Cook , Vanessa Williams, Tom Wopat & Others) [PS Classics]

Nominees in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category include "Crazy Love" (Michael Bublé), "The Greatest Love Songs Of All Time" (Barry Manilow), "Let It Be Me: Mathis In Nashville" (Johnny Mathis), "Fly Me To The Moon…The Great American Songbook: Volume V " (Rod Stewart) and "Love Is The Answer" (Barbra Streisand).

For a complete list of Grammy nominees, visit www.grammy.com.

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