When one thinks about the Grammy Awards, they typically think about the great performances we have seen from rock stars, rappers, pop singers, country artists, and even some classical geniuses. What they don't often think of? Musical theater.
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Though "Best Cast Recording" is a category on the Grammy Awards, it is always delivered off screen and doesn't receive much fanfare. Musicals rarely perform on the big show, and if they do it is usually a small part of a bigger performance.
This year, that is changing in a big way.
Hamilton, the box office blockbuster that is the hardest ticket to get, is going to not only perform at the Grammy Awards, but their performance will be the opening song of the musical, hopefully introducing even more people to the genius that it is. Even more, the Grammy Awards are coming to them - the entire thing will be broadcast live from the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York City, according to USA Today.
The executive producer of the Grammy Awards, Ken Ehrlich, voiced his excitement for the move:
“It’s such a radically innovative show, because of the use of hip-hop music,” Ehrlich said. “I was reading things about it before I ever saw it. Credible writers were saying this show has changed the face of Broadway musical theater. I know we’ve all read that before. I was somewhere in my 20s when I saw ‘West Side Story,’ which is my first memory of reading about a show that was said to change the face of Broadway. But when you see this show,” Ehrlich said, “even though you have a few references to what Broadway musicals have been, you’re basically wiping the slate clean and you’re looking at something so totally different than what you’ve seen. And it’s good different. ... We have opportunities to do a number from a Broadway show every year because there are always five nominated shows. For me, this one stood out a little more than others have.”
It was also Ehrlich's love of the show that caused them to allow them to perform via Satellite.
“I went to New York last year with the intent that we should do it here,” Ehrlich said. “But when I saw the staging, and how fragile the lighting conditions are, how important the stage set itself is, I realized we probably would not have been able to copy it well here. The control they have over the lighting, the comfort factor of having a cast that’s done it X number of times, those things made it easier for us to fit into their world than trying to have them fit into ours.”
“Hamilton” is nominated in the musical theater album category along with “An American in Paris,” “Fun Home,” “The King and I” and “Something Rotten!” and it expected to win, though there are no guarantees. It is also expected to completely dominate the Tony awards.
“This show’s real introduction to the television audience will be our show,” he said. “I’m sure it will also be on the Tonys and they’ll do a great number on their show. But ours is a music show, and aside from the staging and the brilliant choreography, the music in this show is unique, and it’s special. I’m thrilled we’re going to be putting it up first to millions of people.”
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