80s Music 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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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.

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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.

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Cats is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Richard Stilgoe , Andrew Lloyd Webber , Trevor Nunn - Won 1984.

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Evita is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice - Won in 1981.

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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.

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Sweeney Todd is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Christopher Bond - Won in 1980.

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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim -

Won in 1989.

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Leonard Bernstein , Arthur Laurents , Stephen Sondheim - Won in 1986.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice - Nominated in 1983.

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A Stephen Sondheim Evening is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
A Stephen Sondheim Evening Nominated in 1985.

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La Cage aux Folles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Jerry Herman , Harvey Fierstein - Nominated 1984.

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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Tom Eyen , Henry Krieger - Won in 1983.

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Sunday in the Park with George is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
James Lapine , Stephen Sondheim - Won in 1985.

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On Your Toes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
On Your Toes Richard Rodgers , Lorenz Hart , George Abbott - Nominated 1984.

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Oklahoma! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Richard Rodgers , Oscar Hammerstein II - Nominated in 1981.

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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Richard Rodgers , Joshua Logan , Oscar Hammerstein II - Nominated in 1988.

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Chess is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Björn Ulvaeus , Benny Andersson , Richard Nelson -

Nominated in 1989.

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Leader of the Pack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Jeff Barry , Jeff Kent , Ellen Foley - Nominated in 1986.

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Sweet Charity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Dorothy Fields , Cy Coleman , Neil Simon - Nominated in 1987.

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Song and Dance is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Don Black - Nominated in 1987.

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Nine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Maury Yeston , Arthur Kopit - Nominated in 1983.

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They're Playing Our Song is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Marvin Hamlisch , Neil Simon , Carole Bayer Sager - Nominated in 1980.

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Merrily We Roll Along is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
George Furth , Stephen Sondheim - Nominated in 1983.

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Sophisticated Ladies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Sophisticated Ladies Duke Ellington , Donald McKayle - Nominated in 1982.

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Lena Horne: The Lady and Her M... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Won in 1982.

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The Tap Dance Kid is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
The Tap Dance Kid Charles Blackwell , Robert Lorick , Henry Krieger - Nominated in 1986.

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I'm Getting My Act Together an... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road Gretchen Cryer - Nominated in 1980.

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Joseph Papp - Nominated in 1987.

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Me and My Girl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Me and My Girl James M. Nederlander , Richard Armitage , Terry Allen Kramer - Nominated in 1988.

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Follies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
James Goldman , Stephen Sondheim - Won in 1987.

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Very Warm for May is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Very Warm for May Jerome Kern , Oscar Hammerstein II - Nominated in 1986.

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The Pirates of Penzance is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Opera Comique - Nominated in 1982.

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The Grand Tour is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
The Grand Tour Mark Bramble , Jerry Herman , Michael Stewart - Nominated in 1980.

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One Mo' Time is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
One Mo' Time Vernel Bagneris - Nominated in 1981.

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Anything Goes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Guy Bolton , P. G. Wodehouse , Russel Crouse -

Nominated in 1989.

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Big River: The Adventures of H... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Nominated in 1986.

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Barnum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Mark Bramble , Cy Coleman , Michael Stewart - Nominated in 1981.

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My One and Only is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
George Gershwin , Peter Stone , Ira Gershwin - Nominated in 1985.

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A Day in Hollywood / A Night i... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine Dick Vosburgh , Frank Lazarus - Nominated in 1981.

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Ballroom is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Ballroom Billy Goldenberg , Alan Bergman , Marilyn Bergman - Nominated in 1980.

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Sugar Babies is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Sugar Babies Harry Rigby , Ralph G. Allen , Dorothy Fields - Nominated in 1985.

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Me and My Girl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Noel Gay , Douglas Furber , L. Arthur Rose - Nominated in 1987.

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Doonesbury is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Elizabeth Swados - Nominated in 1985.

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Show Boat is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
P. G. Wodehouse , Jerome Kern , Oscar Hammerstein II -

Nominated in 1989.

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Zorba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Fred Ebb , John Kander , Joseph Stein - Nominated 1984.

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Woman of the Year is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Fred Ebb , John Kander , Peter Stone - Nominated in 1982.

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Of Thee I Sing/Let 'Em Eat... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Of Thee I Sing/Let 'Em Eat Cake

Nominated in 1989.

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner - Nominated in 1988.

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42nd Street is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1980s
Mark Bramble , Al Dubin , Harry Warren - Nominated in 1982.