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In a “Hamilton”-less year, the Grammy nominees announced Tuesday for musical theater album are an eclectic lineup: “Bright Star,” “The Color Purple,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Kinky Boots" and “Waitress.”
For “Bright Star,” actor-musician Steve Martin and indie songstress Edie Brickell wrote an old-fashioned bluegrass score. With a book by Martin and Brickell about a young man returning home to North Carolina after World War II, the show struggled to find an audience on Broadway but nonetheless earned five Tony Awards nominations, including best musical, score and book. Times theater critic Charles McNulty called the music “luscious” and “uplifting” in a 2014 review.
“The Color Purple,” based on Alice Walker’s novel about African American women living in rural Georgia in the 1930s, ended its first Broadway run in 2008. A more recent production directed by John Doyle and starring Jennifer Hudson won the Tony for best musical revival, and Cynthia Erivo took home honors for lead actress in a musical. McNulty called the performances heart-stirring and profound.