The Color Purple Cast Album Wins 2017 Grammy Award
The Broadway Records cast album of the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple has been named winner of the 2017 Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award. Principal soloists Cynthia Erivo (who won a 2016 Tony Award for her performance as Celie), Jennifer Hudson (as Shug), and Danielle Brooks (as Sofia) take home the prize along with producers Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders, and Jhett Tolentino, and the composer-lyricist team of Bray, Brenda Russell, and Allee Willis. The complete list of Grammy-nominated performers and composers nominated for the award are as follows:
Bright Star — Carmen Cusack, principal soloist; Jay Alix, Peter Asher, and Una Jackman, producers; Steve Martin, composer; Edie Brickell, composer and lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
The Color Purple — Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo, and Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders, and Jhett Tolentino, producers; Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, and Allee Willis, composers and lyricists (New Broadway Cast)
Fiddler on the Roof — Danny Burstein, principal soloist; Louise Gund, David Lai, and Ted Sperling, producers; Jerry Bock, composer; Sheldon Harnick, lyricist (2016 Broadway Cast)
Kinky Boots — Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry, principal soloists; Sammy James Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers; Cyndi Lauper, composer and lyricist (Original West End Cast)
Waitress — Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Neal Avron, Sara Bareilles, and Nadia DiGiallonardo, producers; Sara Bareilles, composer and lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)
The full ceremony will take place tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and can be seen live on CBS at 8pm EST.