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Monday, January 29, 2018

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ wins Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Not ‘Hello Dolly’

Broadway News ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ wins Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album By Caitlin Huston January 28, 2018

Dear Evan Hansen

“Dear Evan Hansen” added another award to its shelf Sunday. The musical won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, over its competitors “Hello, Dolly!” and “Come From Away.” “Dear Evan Hansen” also won three Tony Awards in 2017: Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of Musical. The Grammy Award also adds to the building acclaim for composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who now have an Oscar, for their work on “La La Land,” as well as a Tony and a Grammy for “Dear Evan Hansen.” In addition to Pasek and Paul, the Grammy was awarded to the original cast of “Dear Evan Hansen,” which featured Ben Platt, Laura Dreyfuss, Mike Faist, Kristolyn Lloyd, Michael Park, Will Roland, Jennifer Laura Thompson and Rachel Bay Jones. The album producers were Alex Lacamoire and Stacey Mindich. Platt was scheduled to perform at the Grammy Awards Sunday night, singing “Somewhere” from West Side Story.
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Monday, December 18, 2017

5 Standout Broadway Cast Albums of 2017

Playbill 5 Standout Broadway Cast Albums of 2017 BY PLAYBILL STAFF DEC 12, 2017 Dozens of theatre albums were released this past year, but five of them stood out for their sound and singularity.


=&0=& =&1=& While leading lady Bette Midler was the definitive draw for this revival, the stand-out song for this Dolly, or any Dolly for that matter, isn’t “Before the Parade Passes By”—time and again it comes down to “Put On Your Sunday Clothes.” Jerry Herman’s score is a joyous concoction crafted simply to delight and enthrall audiences, and it kicks into high gear with this first act production number. This is the moment when the 28 musicians in Hello, Dolly!’s orchestra steal the show without ever stepping foot on stage. Expertly handled on this revival by conductor/music director Andy Einhorn, Philip J. Lang’s original 1964 orchestrations are spiffed up thanks to sparkling new charts by orchestrator Larry Hochman and vocal arranger Don Pippin, who ends the number with a thrilling new vocal flourish. The orchestra seems to nearly tumble over itself and derail with excitement in the last 60 seconds of the number as the trumpets wail on those half-note triplets in the final verse. In a brilliant moment of orchestral magic, the entire orchestra chugs perfectly into place, bells and whistles toot in locomotive rhythm, horns blare, and the entire Shubert Theatre is steaming toward New York City along with Dolly Levi and company. There can be no better seat on Broadway than in the pit of the Shubert Theatre every night during “Put On Your Sunday Clothes.”
=&2=& =&3=& If Broadway had a song of the summer, or the season, it would hands down be Ben Platt’s thrilling delivery of Pasek and Paul’s twisting gut-wrencher “Waving Through a Window.” Musically, the song is filled with extreme peaks and valleys, and Pasek and Paul’s risky move to pull the rug out from under listeners (on several occasions during the song) pays off. From the rhythmic layers of the show’s opener to the overwhelming fullness of “You Will Be Found,” from Rachel Bay Jones’ tenderness in her solo “So Big/So Small” to the song that stops everyone in their tracks (“Words Fail”), ingredients collide in one of the most satisfying pop scores since Next to Normal.


=&4=& =&5=& It’s been 20 years since Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty earned an Academy Award nomination for “Journey to the Past” from the 1997 Fox animated feature Anastasia. When it came time to bring the production to the stage, the writers seamlessly picked up where they left off, crafting a dramatically complex score that threads familiar motifs from the film into the historic realism of the musical. Anastasia has come of age with her fans. Anya’s new numbers, “In My Dreams” and the ravishing “Crossing a Bridge,” are paired with the rousing “Still,” written for the new character Gleb. All of this is balanced with light-hearted material like “We’ll Go From There,” which conjures the joy of the original film. Only Ahrens and Flaherty could make this sound easy. Ask any musical theatre team who attempted to write a sequel to one of their hits, going back in time is often impossible.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Platt, Bette Midler Nominated for Grammys

Theatermania Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Platt, Bette Midler Nominated for Grammys David Gordon • Broadway • Nov 28, 2017 The 2017 Grammy Award nominations, including several Broadway vets in the Best Musical Theater Album category, have been announced. The nominees for Best Musical Theater Album are as follows: Come From Away — Ian Eisendrath, August Eriksmoen, David Hein, David Lai & Irene Sankoff, producers; David Hein & Irene Sankoff, composers/lyricists Dear Evan Hansen — Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, composers/lyricists Hello, Dolly! — Bette Midler, principal soloist; Steven Epstein, producer (Jerry Herman, composer & lyricist) Pasek & Paul are also nominated, with composer Justin Hurwitz, for their Oscar-winning song “City of Stars” from La La Land. Part of the Best Song Written for Visual Media category, they once again go head-to-head with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s song “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. Click here for the full list of nominees.
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