Gypsy, In the Heights, Mermaid, Pacific and Frankenstein Are Grammy-Nominated

By Andrew Gans
03 Dec 2008

Gypsy, In the Heights, Mermaid, Pacific and Frankenstein Are Grammy-Nominated

Nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards were announced Dec. 3. Nominees in the Best Musical Show Album category include Gypsy, In the Heights, The Little Mermaid, South Pacific and Young Frankenstein: The Musical.

The complete list of nominees in the Best Musical Show Album category follow:

Gypsy
Robert Sher, producer (Jule Styne, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (2008 Broadway Cast with Patti LuPone & others)
[Time Life]

In the Heights
Kurt Deutsch, Alex Lacamoire, Andrés Levin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Moss & Bill Sherman, producers; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/lyricist (Original Broadway Cast with Lin-Manuel Miranda and others)
[Razor & Tie Entertainment/Ghostlight Records]

The Little Mermaid
Bruce Botnick, Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken & Chris Montan, producers; Alan Menken, composer; Glenn Slater, lyricist (Howard Ashman, lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast with Sierra Boggess, Tituss Burgess & others)
[Walt Disney Records]



South Pacific
David Caddick, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast with Kelli O'Hara, Paulo Szot & Others)
[Masterworks Broadway]

Young Frankenstein; The Musical
Doug Besterman, producer; Mel Brooks, composer/lyricist (Original Broadway Cast with Roger Bart, Megan Mullally, Sutton Foster & others)
[Decca Broadway]

Nominees in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album include Natalie Cole ("Still Unforgettable"), Michael Feinstein ("The Sinatra Project"), Josh Groban ("Noël"), Barry Manilow ("In the Swing of Christmas") and Rufus Wainwright ("Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall").

Several nominees in the soundtrack categories are of interest to theatre fans:

Nominees in the Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media category include "American Gangster," "August Rush," "Juno," "Mamma Mia!" and "Sweeney Todd — The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."

The Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media nominees include "The Dark Knight" (James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer, composers), "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (John Williams, composer), "Iron Man" (Ramin Djawadi, composer), "There Will Be Blood" (Jonny Greenwood, composer) and "Wall-E" (Thomas Newman, composer).

And, those nominated for Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media are "Down to Earth" (from "Wall-E" by Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, songwriters; sung by Peter Gabriel), "Ever Ever After" (from "Enchanted" by Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters; sung by Carrie Underwood), "Say" (from "The Bucket List" by John Mayer, songwriter; sung by John Mayer), "That's How You Know" (from "Enchanted" by Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters; sung by Amy Adams) and "Walk Hard" (from "Walk Hard — The Dewey Cox Story" by Judd Apatow, Marshall Crenshaw, Jake Kasdan & John C. Reilly, songwriters; sung by John C. Reilly).

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, best known for her portrayal of Effie in the "Dreamgirls" film, picked up several nominations, including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Spotlight"; Best R&B Album for "Jennifer Hudson"; and Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals for "I'm His Only Woman"; the latter features a duet with Hudson and "American Idol" winner and The Color Purple star Fantasia. "Spotlight" was also nominated for Best R&B Song for its writers, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Shaffer Smith.

The recording of "Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny," which features multiply Tony winners Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald, also picked up nominations for Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording.

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 8, 2009, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. CBS will broadcast the event live from 8-11:30 PM ET.

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