90s The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s  

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An enchanted castle. A tiny prison cell. Nineteenth century Paris. These are just a few of the places you'll be transported to while listening to the albums on this list. In the 1990s, the nominees and winners of the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album pushed new dramatic ground. Whether they were inventive revivals or wholly original works, these best 1990s album nominees dazzled audiences and critics alike.

What cast recordings will you find on this list of the best musical theater albums of the 1990s? The Lion King wowed theater-goers with its beautiful animal-inspired costumes and lavish set pieces. This great musical even took home the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album in 1999. Disney had multiple hits that decade: Beauty and the Beast was also nominated for the Grammy in 1995.

Chicago, the story of a woman who would do anything to perform on the big stage, was nominated for multiple Grammys in the 1990s. Other good recordings featured on this roundup of Grammy-nominated albums include Hello, Dolly! and The King and I.

It's up to you to determine the 1990s' best musical theater albums. Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list.

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Tommy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
The Who's Tommy The Who, London Symphony Orchestra - Won in 1994.

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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Les Misérables Les Porte-Mentaux - Won in 1991.

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Chicago: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Chicago: The Musical Won in 1998.

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Rent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Rent Nominated in 1997.

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Kiss Me, Kate is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Kiss Me, Kate Nominated in 1992.

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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Gypsy Gypsy - Nominated in 1991.

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Victor/Victoria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Victor/Victoria Nominated in 1997.

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Ragtime is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Ragtime Nominated in 1999.

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Passion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Passion Won in 1995.

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How to Succeed in Business Wit... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Nominated in 1996.

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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
The Secret Garden Nominated in 1993.

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City of Angels is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
City of Angels Nominated in 1991.

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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
The King and I Nominated in 1993.

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On the Town is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
On the Town Nominated in 1994.

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
The Wizard of Oz Nominated in 1999.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Nominated in 1997.

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Sondheim: A Celebration at Car... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall Nominated in 1994.

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Bring in 'da Noise, Bring ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk Nominated in 1997.

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Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Son... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs Of Leiber And Stoller Won in 1996.

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Jelly's Last Jam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Jelly's Last Jam Nominated in 1993.

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Jerome Robbins' Broadway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Jerome Robbins' Broadway Won in 1990.

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Riverdance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Riverdance Won in 1997.

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Chicago: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Chicago: The Musical Nominated in 1999.

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Broadway the Hard Way is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Broadway the Hard Way Nominated in 1990.

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Sarafina! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Sarafina! Nominated in 1990.

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Pacific Overtures is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Pacific Overtures Nominated in 1990.

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Cabaret is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Cabaret Nominated in 1999.

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Black and Blue is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Black and Blue Nominated in 1991.

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Titanic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Titanic Titanic - Nominated in 1998.

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Songs from Ragtime: The Musica... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Songs from Ragtime: The Musical Nominated in 1998.

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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
The Music Man Nominated in 1992.

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Anyone Can Whistle: Live at Ca... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Anyone Can Whistle: Live at Carnegie Hall Nominated in 1996.

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Kiss of the Spider Woman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Kiss of the Spider Woman Nominated in 1996.

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Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Guys and Dolls Won in 1993.

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The Will Rogers Follies is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
The Will Rogers Follies Won in 1992.

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Crazy for You is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Crazy for You Nominated in 1995.

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Carousel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Carousel Nominated in 1995.

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The Life is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
The Life Nominated in 1998.

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Jekyll and Hyde is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Jekyll and Hyde Nominated in 1998.

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Aspects of Love is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Aspects of Love Nominated in 1990.

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
The Lion King Won in 1999.

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Assassins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Assassins Nominated in 1992.

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Sunset Boulevard is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Sunset Boulevard Nominated in 1995.

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Anything Goes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Anything Goes Les Brown - Nominated in 1991.

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Into the Woods is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Into the Woods Nominated in 1992.

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Crazy for You is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Crazy for You Nominated in 1993.

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Kiss of the Spider Woman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Kiss of the Spider Woman Nominated in 1994.

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Beauty and the Beast Nominated in 1995.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Nominated in 1994.

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Hello, Dolly! is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1990s
Hello, Dolly! Nominated in 1996.