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.
Characters: Jean Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Éponine, Monsieur ThénardierWon in 1988.
Characters: Erik, Christine Daaé, Carlotta, Viscount Raoul de Chagny, Madame GiryNominated in 1988.
A Stephen Sondheim EveningNominated in 1985.
Characters: Sweeney ToddWon in 1980.
Characters: Madame Renaud, Albin, Jean-Michel, Jacob, FrancisNominated 1984.
Characters: Rapunzel, Snow White, Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Big Bad Wolf
Won in 1989.
West Side StoryLeonard Bernstein , Arthur Laurents
Characters: Maria, Tony, Anita, A-rab, BernardoWon in 1986.
Characters: Effie White, Deena Jones, C. C. White, James Early, Curtis TaylorWon in 1983.
Characters: Rum Tum Tugger, Jellylorum, Bombalurina, Old Deuteronomy, Bustopher JonesWon 1984.
On Your ToesRichard Rodgers , Lorenz HartNominated 1984.
Characters: Ellie Greenwich, Gina, Darlene Love, Jeff Barry, MickeyNominated in 1986.
Characters: Florence, Molokov, The American, Svetlana, The Russian
Nominated in 1989.
EvitaAndrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
Characters: Che Guevara, Eva Perón, Juan Perón, Perón's Mistress, Agustín MagaldiWon in 1981.
Characters: Orin Scrivello, DDS, Seymour Krelborn, Audrey II, CrystalNominated 1984.
Characters: Curly McLain, Laurey Williams, Ali Hakim, Aunt Eller, Will ParkerNominated in 1981.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatAndrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
Characters: Potiphar, Potiphar's Wife, Joseph, Pharaoh, ReubenNominated in 1983.
Characters: Billy Crocker, Reno Sweeney, Elisha J. Whitney, Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt, Hope Harcourt
Nominated in 1989.
Characters: Guido Contini, Carla, Claudia Jenssen, Saraghina, Luisa ContiniNominated in 1983.
Characters: Vernon Gersch, Sonia WalskNominated in 1980.
Characters: Emile De Becque, Liat, Luther Billis, Bloody Mary, Capt. BrackettNominated in 1988.
Characters: Billy Webster, Yvonne, Nurse, Bob Greenberg, Charles RedmondWon in 1985.
My Fair LadyFrederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner
Characters: Eliza Doolittle, Professor Henry Higgins, Alfred Doolittle, Mrs Higgins, Mrs. PearceNominated in 1988.
A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the UkraineDick Vosburgh , Frank LazarusNominated in 1981.
Characters: General Tom Thumb, James Anthony Bailey, Phineas Taylor Barnum, Jenny Lind, CharityNominated in 1981.
The Grand TourMark Bramble , Jerry HermanNominated in 1980.