Rent has a Pulitzer and Tony -- not to mention nearly every other award theatre bestows. And if Playbill On-Line members are any indication, the Jonathan Larson musical is well on its way to adding a Grammy Award Feb. 26. Playbill On-Line members were asked to vote for which of the five nominees for the category Best Musical Show Recording they'd like to see win the 1997 Grammy. Members were asked not to "predict" the winner, but to vote for which cast album they thought was best. Rent was the favorite by a wide margin.
Here are the results:
* Rent -- 127 votes
* A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum -- 11 votes
* Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk -- 5 votes.
* Victor/Victoria -- 5 votes
* Riverdance -- 4 votes
Tune in to the Grammy telecast to see if the Grammy voters go the same way. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is scheduled to bestow the Grammys in 89 categories at Madison Square Garden in New York 8-11 PM (ET) Wednesday, Feb. 26, in a ceremony to telecast live on CBS-TV. Comedian Ellen DeGeneres will host.
This is the third year that Playbill On-Line has surveyed members about the Grammys. The Grammy voters agreed with us by giving the Grammy to Passion in 1995, but diverged in 1996 by giving the Grammy to Smokey Joe's Cafe, when PBOL members had voted their preference for the cast album of the Matthew Broderick How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying revival.
-- By Robert Viagas