In a "Hamilton"-less year, the Grammy nominees announced Tuesday for musical theater album consist of five eclectic shows: "Bright Star," "The Color Purple," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Kinky Boots and "Waitress."
For “Bright Star,” actor-musician
“The Color Purple,” based on Alice Walker’s novel about African American women living in rural Georgia in the 1930s, ended its first Broadway run in 2008. A more recent production directed by
The joyous Danny Burstein as the poor milkman Tevye is at the center of the classic musical "Fiddler on the Roof," revived under the direction Bartlett Sher. The recording's Grammy nomination follows Tony nods for best musical revival, actor (Burstein) and choreography.
Pop diva Cyndi Lauper is among the nominees for the West End cast recording of "Kinky Boots," for which she was composer and lyricist. Starring Irish singer Killian Donnelly, the production followed a struggling shoe factory owner who attempts to turn his business around with the help of a drag queen. The cast album premiered at No. 1 on the Billboard cast albums chart and No. 51 on the Billboard 200 chart.
McNulty also raved about the performance of Jessie Mueller, the star of “Waitress,” which is based on the 2007 Adrienne Shelly film about a woman in an abusive marriage. Whenever Mueller was onstage, McNulty wrote, “I wanted time to stop so that her performance would never have to end.” He also called the score by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter