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The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s  

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From critically-acclaimed revivals to inventive new works, musical theater in the '80s had it all. These are the nominees and winners of the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album during that decade, as ranked by you, musical fan. Determining the very best 1980s album nominees isn't an easy task. This list includes hit musicals composed by megastars including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, and Quincy Jones, to name just a few.

What cast recordings will you find on this list of the best musical theater albums of the 1980s? Into the Woods made its debut in 1986 in San Diego before taking Broadway by storm the following year. The Stephen Sondheim masterpiece went on to take home the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album in 1989. Sweet Charity was another popular musical from the decade.

Cats started its Broadway residence in 1982 and it continued to pack the house until 2000, making it one of the longest-running musicals of all time. Other good recordings featured on this top 1980s Grammy-nominated Musical Albums list include Dreamgirls and Evita.

Which of these recordings deserves the top spot on this 1980s musical theater albums list? It's your turn to decide. Give your favorite albums a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot.

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1
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Claude-Michel Schönberg , Jean-Marc Natel , Herbert Kretzmer
Won in 1988.
2
The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Charles Hart , Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber
Nominated in 1988.
3
Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim

Won in 1989.

4
Cats is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Trevor Nunn
Won 1984.
5
Little Shop of Horrors is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Alan Menken , Howard Ashman
Nominated 1984.
6
A Stephen Sondheim Evening is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
A Stephen Sondheim Evening
Nominated in 1985.
7
West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
West Side Story Leonard Bernstein , Arthur Laurents , Stephen Sondheim
Won in 1986.
8
Sweeney Todd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Christopher Bond
Won in 1980.
9
Evita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
Won in 1981.
10
Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
Nominated in 1983.
11
Leader of the Pack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Jeff Barry , Jeff Kent , Ellen Foley
Nominated in 1986.
12
Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Richard Rodgers , Oscar Hammerstein II
Nominated in 1981.
13
Chess is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Björn Ulvaeus , Benny Andersson , Richard Nelson

Nominated in 1989.

14
Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Tom Eyen , Henry Krieger
Won in 1983.
15
La Cage aux Folles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Jerry Herman , Harvey Fierstein
Nominated 1984.
16
On Your Toes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
On Your Toes Richard Rodgers , Lorenz Hart , George Abbott
Nominated 1984.
17
Sunday in the Park with George is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim
Won in 1985.
18
Merrily We Roll Along is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
George Furth , Stephen Sondheim
Nominated in 1983.
19
They're Playing Our Song is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Marvin Hamlisch , Neil Simon , Carole Bayer Sager
Nominated in 1980.
20
Nine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Maury Yeston , Arthur Kopit
Nominated in 1983.
21
South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Richard Rodgers , Joshua Logan , Oscar Hammerstein II
Nominated in 1988.
22
My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
My Fair Lady Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner
Nominated in 1988.
23
Anything Goes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Guy Bolton , P. G. Wodehouse , Russel Crouse

Nominated in 1989.

24
Song and Dance is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Don Black
Nominated in 1987.
25
Sweet Charity is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Dorothy Fields , Cy Coleman , Neil Simon
Nominated in 1987.