“Music’s biggest night,” the 60th Annual Grammy Awards are returning to New York City, Sunday. January 28th at 7:30 on CBS, but with four Tony Award winners performing, it’s going to look a lot like “Broadway’s biggest night.”
For the first time since 2003, the Grammy’s will be live from Madison Square Gardens hosted by Tony Award winner, James Corden. Tony Award winner, Sir Elton John is performing another of his famous Grammy powerhouse duets; this year with Miley Cyrus. Elton John’s unparalleled recording, film, and stage career is also being celebrated with the annual “Grammy Salutes, Elton John: I’m Still Standing” to be broadcast later this year.
The bow to Broadway during this year’s broadcast is not just due to the neighborhood but to honor two of music and Broadway’s greatest composers, multi-Grammy and Tony Award winners, Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber and Leonard Bernstein, marking his Centennial this year. To celebrate their achievements, the Grammy’s have brought in two time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone and Tony Award winner Ben Platt.
Grammy nominee for Dear Evan Hansen, Ben Platt will be performing the Leonard Bernstein tribute with a classic song from West Side Story. If you’ve only heard Platt do songs from his Tony winning role, you’re in for a real treat. See for yourself in our previous post about Broadway Ben.
Celebrating the work of Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber is none other than Patti LuPone whose 25 year feud with the composer has reportedly come to an end.
When asked to re-create her Tony Award winning performance of Evita for the Grammy’s, LuPone insisted Weber himself do the music editing/arranging of the iconic “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.” She then proceeded to blow away everyone at rehearsal by performing the song in its original key. Speaking of that infamous Sunset Boulevard feud and original keys, did you know…
ALW wrote the role of Nora Desmond for Patti LuPone and she is the only actress to have performed it in the original key.
The Grammy’s can say the same about their return to New York City.