Rejoicify, fellow Ozians! The reigning Broadway Brackets Champion has kept its title: our 2019 Broadway Brackets Champion is Wicked!
The two highest-seeded cast albums, Wicked and Hamilton, went head-to-head in the final round to determine the ultimate Grammy-winning Broadway cast album.
It was a close race, with Wicked earning 5.93K votes (52%) to Hamilton's 5.44K votes (48%) for the final tally.
For the third annual Broadway Brackets, Playbill looked at the 16 most-recent Best Musical Theater Album Grammy winners and placed them into two “divisions”: 2004-2011 and 2012-2019. We then tallied the total number of weeks spent on the Billboard charts and seeded them accordingly.
For example, the cast albums of Wicked (2005) and Hamilton (2016) spent 114 weeks and 181 weeks on the Billboard charts, respectively, making them the top-ranking shows in their divisions. They were then paired with a musical in their division that spent the least amount of weeks on the charts. Each bracket was then broken down into subsequent match-ups based on the number of weeks spent on the charts. In the event of a tie, the number of Tony Awards won by the musical determined its ranking. Broadway fans were invited to vote for their favorite show in each match-up, with the winning musicals moving on to compete in the next round.
Thanks to all the Broadway fans who played, and congrats to Wicked on becoming the Broadway Brackets 2019 Champion!
Here’s a look at the how the bracket played out: