In the Heights Cast Recording Wins Grammy; Hudson and LuPone-McDonald "Mahagonny" Also Win

By Andrew Gans
08 Feb 2009

In the Heights Cast Recording Wins Grammy; Hudson and LuPone-McDonald "Mahagonny" Also Win

The cast recording of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights won the 51st Annual Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, besting the recordings of The Little Mermaid, Young Frankenstein and the revivals of Gypsy and South Pacific.

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards, the music industry's premier event, were presented Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. CBS broadcast the event live.

Other winners included Natalie Cole (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for "Still Unforgettable"), "Dreamgirls" film star Jennifer Hudson (Best R&B Album for "Jennifer Hudson"), "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood (Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Last Name"), Cassandra Wilson (Best Jazz Vocal Album for "Loverly"), Terence Blanchard (Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for "Be-Bop"), CeCe Winans (Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for "Thy Kingdom Come"), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Best Traditional World Music Album for "Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu") and Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood (Best Spoken Word Album for "An Inconvenient Truth").

"Down to Earth" from "Wall E" was named Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media, and "The Dark Knight" won the Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Grammy Award.

"Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny," which features the vocals of Tony winners Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald, won two Grammy Awards: Best Classical Album and Best Opera Recording.



Details of the nominees in the Best Musical Show Album category follow. Winner, announced during the Grammy pre-show, is in bold preceded by an asterisk.

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]

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