Grammys: 'Book of Mormon,' 'Anything Goes' albums are nominees
"South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are competing against timeless composers Cole Porter and Frank Loesser for a 2012 Grammy Award. In the category of musical theater album, their new Broadway blockbuster "The Book of Mormon" was nominated Wednesday along with the albums for revivals of Porter's "Anything Goes" and Loesser's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
The musical theater category honors the composers and lyricists for a show, as well as the producers and principal cast members.
"The Book of Mormon," released by Ghostlight Records, features songs by Stone, Parker and Robert Lopez. Cast members Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells also were included in the nomination. The hit comedy won nine Tony Awards this year, including the award for new musical.
Another big Tony winner this year, "Anything Goes" is a revival of Porter's 1934 musical, featuring Sutton Foster and Joel Grey. The album is released by Ghostlight. The production won three Tonys this year, including awards for Foster and for musical revival.
The album for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," featuring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, is released by Decca. Loesser's musical had its Broadway debut in 1961. The current revival won a Tony for Larroquette's performance.
The Grammys ceremony will take place Feb. 12 at Staples Center.
Last year's winner in the category was the album for "American Idiot," the musical featuring songs from the band Green Day.
-- David Ng
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