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Can 'Waitress' outshine a 'Bright Star' or 'The Color Purple'? Grammy nominees in musical theater

Can 'Waitress' outshine a 'Bright Star' or 'The Color Purple'? Grammy nominees in musical theater

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 Steve Martin and indie songstress Edie Brickell wrote an old-fashioned bluegrass score. With a book by Martin and Brickell about a young man returning home to North Carolina after World War II, the show struggled to find an audience on Broadway but nonetheless earned five Tony Awards nominations, including best musical, score and book. Times theater...

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