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Both Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking production and the 2015 Tony winner for best musical are included in the Grammy category of best musical theater album, alongside An American in Paris, Something Rotten! and The King and I.
Though Fun Home made history as the first musical written by an all-female team (book and score by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori, based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir), the record-breaking cast recording for Hamilton is tipped to ultimately take home the Grammy. Produced by Miranda, Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman with The Roots’ Questlove and Black Thought, it is only the sixth cast album ever to reach the Top 20 chart in the last 50 years, and it nabbed Billboard‘s first-ever five-star rating, a perfect score.
Besides Fun Home and Hamilton, the only other nominated album with an original score is Something Rotten!, although its comedic songs by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick are laced with references to countless other popular musicals.
The music for An American in Paris was written by George and Ira Gershwin and was adapted for use in the 1951 film of the same name; and since the new staging of The King And I is a revival, the music from the recording with Ken Watanabe and Tony winners Kelli O’Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for the show’s 1951 debut.
Altogether, all five of the shows in the category are delivering solid — or in the case of Hamilton, spectacular — business at the Broadway box office.
The qualifying dates for the 2016 Grammys include releases between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2015.
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