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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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