INTO THE WOODS, SIX, A STRANGE LOOP, More Score 2023 Grammy Nomination for Best Musical Theater Album
Music’s biggest night should have plenty of Broadway stars in attendance next year. The nominations for the 2023 Grammy Awards were announced November 15, including those for Best Musical Theatre Album.
The nominees in the category are: Caroline, or Change, Into the Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording), MJ, Mr. Saturday Night, SIX: Live on Opening Night, and A Strange Loop. New to the category this year is that lyricists and composers will also receive a Grammy if they have contributed to more than 50 percent of the new score or recording. To see who is nominated for their work on each individual album, check out the full list below.
Other Broadway-adjacent nominations in other categories this year include one for Lin-Manuel Miranda for Encanto's “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” in Best Song Written for Visual Media. The Disney film will go head-to-head with Steven Spielberg's West Side Story film in Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. Evergreen theatre favorite Succession Season 3 earned a nod for Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
In the classical arena, two of The Met's productions, Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice and Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones, both conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will compete in Best Opera Recording against Anthony Davis' X — The Life and Times of Malcolm X from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. For Best Classical Solo Vocal Album, upcoming The Hours co-stars Renée Fleming and Joyce DiDonato will compete for their respective LPs that came out recently.
Elsewhere, Hadestown creator Anaïs Mitchell is nominated in the Best American Roots Album category for her album Bright Star. Finally, in Best Audio Book, Narration and Storytelling Recording, the nominees include Mel Brooks for All About Me: My Remarkable Life in Show Business, Lin-Manuel Miranda for Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World, and Viola Davis for Finding Me.
Of note, one of Theatrely's favorite songs, "About Damn Time" by Lizzo, is nominated for Pop Solo Performance, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. The tune made it into several TikToks this year.
The winners will be announced at a February 5 ceremony from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California. The live broadcast will air on CBS and steam on Paramount+.
At the 2022 ceremony, Barlow & Bear won the Best Musical Theater Album award for their The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical album. Other winners included Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s Love For Sale, which took home Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. The LP features songs composed by Cole Porter, including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” from the musical Anything Goes.
Full nomination lists for 2023 Best Musical Theater Album:
Caroline, or Change: John Cariani, Sharon D Clarke, Caissie Levy, and Samantha Williams, principal vocalists; Van Dean, Nigel Lilley, Lawrence Manchester, Elliot Scheiner and Jeanine Tesori, producers; Jeanine Tesori, composer; Tony Kushner, lyricist
Into the Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording): Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Patina Miller, and Phillipa Soo, principal vocalists; Rob Berman and Sean Patrick Flahaven, producers (Stephen Sondheim, composer and lyricist)
MJ the Musical: Myles Frost and Tavon Olds-Sample, principal vocalists; David Holcenberg, Derik Lee, and Jason Michael Webb, producers
Mr. Saturday Night: Shoshana Bean, Billy Crystal, Randy Graff, and David Paymer, principal vocalists; Jason Robert Brown, Sean Patrick Flahaven and Jeffrey Lesser, producers; Jason Robert Brown, composer; Amanda Green, lyricist
Six: Live on Opening Night: Joe Beighton, Tom Curran, Sam Featherstone, Paul Gatehouse, Toby Marlow, and Lucy Moss, producers; Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, composers/lyricists
A Strange Loop: Jaquel Spivey, principal vocalist; Michael Croiter, Michael R. Jackson, Charlie Rosen, and Rona Siddiqui, producers; Michael R. Jackson, composer and lyricist