Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical

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Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
Awarded for Best Performance by a Actress in a Lead Role in a Musical
Location New York City, United States
Presented by American Theatre Wing
The Broadway League
Currently held by Patina Miller for Pippin
Official website tonyawards.com

The Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical was not presented in 1947 or 1985. The award was first presented in 1948 and nominees were not announced until 1956. There have been three ties in this category.

Winners and Nominees[edit]

1940s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
1947
1st Tony Awards
Award Not Presented
1948
2nd Tony Awards
Grace Hartman Angel in the Wings Nettie / Mrs. Blodgett / Ruth / Mrs. Hutchinson
1949
3rd Tony Awards
Nanette Fabray Love Life Susan Cooper

1950s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
1950
4th Tony Awards
Mary Martin South Pacific Ensign Nellie Forbush
1951
5th Tony Awards
Ethel Merman Call Me Madam Sally Adams
1952
6th Tony Awards
Gertrude Lawrence The King and I Anna Leonowens
1953
7th Tony Awards
Rosalind Russell Wonderful Town Ruth Sherwood
1954
8th Tony Awards
Dolores Gray Carnival in Flanders Cornelia
1955
9th Tony Awards
Mary Martin Peter Pan Peter Pan
1956
10th Tony Awards
Gwen Verdon Damn Yankees Lola
Carol Channing The Vamp Flora Weems
Nancy Walker Phoenix '55 Various Characters
1957
11th Tony Awards
Judy Holliday Bells Are Ringing Ella Peterson
Julie Andrews My Fair Lady Eliza Doolittle
Ethel Merman Happy Hunting Liz Livingstone
1958
12th Tony Awards
Thelma Ritter New Girl in Town Marthy Owen
Gwen Verdon New Girl in Town Anna Christopherson
Lena Horne Jamaica Savannah
Beatrice Lillie Ziegfeld Follies of 1957 Various Characters
1959
13th Tony Awards
Gwen Verdon Redhead Essie Whimple
Miyoshi Umeki Flower Drum Song Mei-Li

1960s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
1960
14th Tony Awards
Mary Martin The Sound of Music Maria von Trapp
Carol Burnett Once Upon a Mattress Princess Winnifred
Dolores Gray Destry Rides Again Frenchy
Eileen Herlie Take Me Along Lily Miller
Ethel Merman Gypsy Mama Rose
1961
15th Tony Awards
Elizabeth Seal Irma La Douce Irma La Douce
Julie Andrews Camelot Guenevere
Carol Channing Show Girl Various Characters
Nancy Walker Do Re Mi Kay Cram
1962
16th Tony Awards
Anna Maria Alberghetti Carnival Lili Daurier
Diahann Carroll No Strings Barbara Woodruff
Molly Picon Milk and Honey Clara Weiss
Elaine Stritch Sail Away Mimi Paragon
1963
17th Tony Awards
Vivien Leigh Tovarich Tatiana
Georgia Brown Oliver Nancy
Nanette Fabray Mr. President Nell Henderson
Sally Ann Howes Brigadoon Fiona MacLaren
1964
18th Tony Awards
Carol Channing Hello, Dolly Dolly Gallagher Levi
Beatrice Lillie High Spirits Madame Arcati
Barbra Streisand Funny Girl Fanny Brice
Inga Swenson 110 in the Shade Lizzie Curry
1965
19th Tony Awards
Liza Minnelli Flora the Red Menace Flora Mezaros
Elizabeth Allen Do I Hear a Waltz Leona Samish
Nancy Dussault Bajour Emily Kirsten
Inga Swenson Baker Street Irene Adler
1966
20th Tony Awards
Angela Lansbury Mame Mame Dennis
Barbara Harris On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Daisy Gamble / Melinda Wells
Julie Harris Skyscraper Georgina Allerton
Gwen Verdon Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine
1967
21st Tony Awards
Barbara Harris The Apple Tree Eve / Princess Barbara / Ella and Passionella
Lotte Lenya Cabaret Fraulein Schneider
Mary Martin I Do! I Do! She (Agnes)
Louise Troy Walking Happy Maggie Hobson
1968
22nd Tony Awards
Patricia Routledge Darling of the Day Alice Challice
Leslie Uggams Hallelujah, Baby Georgina
Melina Mercouri Illya Darling Illya
Brenda Vaccaro How Now, Dow Jones Cynthia Pike
1969
23rd Tony Awards
Angela Lansbury Dear World Countess Aurelia
Maria Karnilova Zorba Madame Hortense
Dorothy Loudon The Fig Leaves Are Falling Lillian Stone
Jill O'Hara Promises, Promises Fran Kubelik

1970s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
1970
24th Tony Awards
Lauren Bacall Applause Margo Channing
Katharine Hepburn Coco Coco Chanel
Dilys Watling Georgy Georgina "Georgy" Parkin
1971
25th Tony Awards
Helen Gallagher No, No, Nanette Lucille Early
Susan Browning Company April
Sandy Duncan The Boy Friend Maisie
Elaine Stritch Company Joanne
1972
26th Tony Awards
Alexis Smith Follies Phyllis Rogers Stone
Jonelle Allen Two Gentlemen of Verona Silvia
Dorothy Collins Follies Sally Durant Plummer
Mildred Natwick 70 Girls 70 Ida Dodd
1973
27th Tony Awards
Glynis Johns A Little Night Music Desiree Armfeldt
Leland Palmer Pippin Fastrada
Debbie Reynolds Irene Irene O'Dare
Marcia Rodd Shelter Maud
1974
28th Tony Awards
Virginia Capers Raisin Lena Younger
Carol Channing Lorelei Lorelei Lee
Michele Lee Seesaw Gittel Mosca
1975
29th Tony Awards
Angela Lansbury Gypsy Mama Rose
Lola Falana Doctor Jazz Edna Mae Sheridan
Bernadette Peters Mack and Mabel Mabel Normand
Ann Reinking Goodtime Charley Joan of Arc
1976
30th Tony Awards
Donna McKechnie A Chorus Line Cassie Ferguson
Vivian Reed Bubbling Brown Sugar Marsha / Young Irene
Chita Rivera Chicago Velma Kelly
Gwen Verdon Chicago Roxie Hart
1977
31st Tony Awards
Dorothy Loudon Annie Miss Hannigan
Clamma Dale Porgy and Bess Bess
Ernestine Jackson Guys and Dolls Sarah Brown
Andrea McArdle Annie Annie
1978
32nd Tony Awards
Liza Minnelli The Act Michelle Craig
Madeline Kahn On the Twentieth Century Lily Garland / Mildred Plotka
Eartha Kitt Timbuktu Shaleem La Lume
Frances Sternhagen Angel Eliza Gant
1979
33rd Tony Awards
Angela Lansbury Sweeney Todd Mrs. Lovett
Tovah Feldshuh Sarava Flor
Dorothy Loudon Ballroom Bea Asher
Alexis Smith Platinum Lila Halliday

1980s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
1980
34th Tony Awards
Patti LuPone Evita Eva Perón
Christine Andreas Oklahoma Laurey Williams
Sandy Duncan Peter Pan Peter Pan
Ann Miller Sugar Babies Ann
1981
35th Tony Awards
Lauren Bacall Woman of the Year Tess Harding
Meg Bussert Brigadoon Fiona MacLaren
Chita Rivera Bring Back Birdie Rosie Alvarez
Linda Ronstadt The Pirates of Penzance Mabel
1982
36th Tony Awards
Jennifer Holliday Dreamgirls Effie White
Lisa Mordente Marlowe Emelia Bossano
Mary Gordon Murray Little Me Belle Poitrine
Sheryl Lee Ralph Dreamgirls Deena Jones
1983
37th Tony Awards
Natalia Makarova On Your Toes Vera Barnova
Lonette McKee Show Boat Julie LaVerne
Chita Rivera Merlin The Queen
Twiggy My One and Only Edith Herbert
1984
38th Tony Awards
Chita Rivera The Rink Anna
Rhetta Hughes Amen Corner Sister Margaret Alexander
Liza Minnelli The Rink Angel
Bernadette Peters Sunday in the Park with George Dot / Marie
1985
39th Tony Awards
Award Not Presented
1986
40th Tony Awards
Bernadette Peters Song and Dance Emma
Debbie Allen Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine
Cleo Laine The Mystery of Edwin Drood Angela Prysock / The Princess Puffer
Chita Rivera Jerry's Girls Various Characters
1987
41st Tony Awards
Maryann Plunkett Me and My Girl Sally Smith
Catherine Cox Oh, Coward Various Characters
Teresa Stratas Rags Rebecca Hershkowitz
1988
42nd Tony Awards
Joanna Gleason Into the Woods The Baker's Wife
Alison Fraser Romance/Romance Josefine Weninger / Monica
Judy Kuhn Chess Florence Vassy
Patti LuPone Anything Goes Reno Sweeney
1989
43rd Tony Awards
Ruth Brown Black and Blue Various Characters
Charlotte d'Amboise Jerome Robbins' Broadway Anita / Peter Pan / Company
Linda Hopkins Black and Blue Various Characters
Sharon McKnight Starmites Diva / Mother

1990s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
1990
44th Tony Awards
Tyne Daly Gypsy Mama Rose
Georgia Brown The Threepenny Opera Celia Peachum
Beth Fowler Sweeney Todd Mrs. Lovett
Liliane Montevecchi Grand Hotel Elizaveta Grushinskaya
1991
45th Tony Awards
Lea Salonga Miss Saigon Kim
June Angela Shogun Lady Mariko
Dee Hoty The Will Rogers Follies Betty Blake
Cathy Rigby Peter Pan Peter Pan
1992
46th Tony Awards
Faith Prince Guys and Dolls Miss Adelaide
Jodi Benson Crazy for You Polly Baker
Josie de Guzman Guys and Dolls Sarah Brown
Sophie Hayden The Most Happy Fella Rosabella
1993
47th Tony Awards
Chita Rivera Kiss of the Spider Woman Aurora / Spider Woman
Ann Crumb Anna Karenina Anna Karenina
Stephanie Lawrence Blood Brothers Mrs. Johnstone
Bernadette Peters The Goodbye Girl Paula McFadden
1994
48th Tony Awards
Donna Murphy Passion Fosca
Susan Egan Beauty and the Beast Belle
Dee Hoty The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public Mona Stangley
Judy Kuhn She Loves Me Amalia Balash
1995
49th Tony Awards
Glenn Close Sunset Boulevard Norma Desmond
Rebecca Luker Show Boat Magnolia Hawks
1996
50th Tony Awards
Donna Murphy The King and I Anna Leonowens
Julie Andrews[1] Victor/Victoria Victoria Grant
Crista Moore Big Susan Lawrence
Daphne Rubin-Vega Rent Mimi Marquez
1997
51st Tony Awards
Bebe Neuwirth Chicago Velma Kelly
Pamela Isaacs The Life Queen
Tonya Pinkins Play On Lady Liv
Karen Ziemba Steel Pier Rita Racine
1998
52nd Tony Awards
Natasha Richardson Cabaret Sally Bowles
Betty Buckley Triumph of Love Hesione
Marin Mazzie Ragtime Mother
Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner Side Show Violet and Daisy Hilton
1999
53rd Tony Awards
Bernadette Peters Annie Get Your Gun Annie Oakley
Carolee Carmello Parade Lucille Frank
Dee Hoty Footloose Vi Moore
Siân Phillips Marlene Marlene Dietrich

2000s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
2000
54th Tony Awards
Heather Headley Aida Aida
Toni Collette The Wild Party Queenie
Rebecca Luker The Music Man Marian Paroo
Marin Mazzie Kiss Me Kate Lilli Vanessi / Katherine
Audra McDonald Marie Christine Marie Christine L'Adrese
2001
55th Tony Awards
Christine Ebersole 42nd Street Dorothy Brock
Blythe Danner Follies Phyllis Rogers Stone
Randy Graff A Class Act Sophie
Faith Prince Bells Are Ringing Ella Peterson
Marla Schaffel Jane Eyre Jane Eyre
2002
56th Tony Awards
Sutton Foster Thoroughly Modern Millie Millie Dillmount
Nancy Opel Urinetown Penelope Pennywise
Louise Pitre Mamma Mia Donna Sheridan
Jennifer Laura Thompson Urinetown Hope Cladwell
Vanessa Williams Into the Woods The Witch
2003
57th Tony Awards
Marissa Jaret Winokur Hairspray Tracy Turnblad
Melissa Errico Amour Isabella
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Man of La Mancha Aldonza / Dulcinea
Elizabeth Parkinson Movin' Out Brenda
Bernadette Peters Gypsy Mama Rose
2004
58th Tony Awards
Idina Menzel Wicked Elphaba
Kristin Chenoweth Wicked Glinda
Stephanie D'Abruzzo Avenue Q Kate Monster / Lucy the Slut / Company
Donna Murphy Wonderful Town Ruth Sherwood
Tonya Pinkins Caroline or Change Caroline Thibodeaux
2005
59th Tony Awards
Victoria Clark The Light in the Piazza Margaret Johnson
Christina Applegate Sweet Charity Charity Hope Valentine
Erin Dilly Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Truly Scrumptious
Sutton Foster Little Women Josephine 'Jo' March
Sherie Rene Scott Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Christine Colgate
2006
60th Tony Awards
LaChanze The Color Purple Celie Harris Johnson
Sutton Foster The Drowsy Chaperone Janet Van De Graaff
Patti LuPone Sweeney Todd Mrs. Lovett
Kelli O'Hara The Pajama Game Catherine 'Babe' Williams
Chita Rivera The Dancers Life Chita Rivera
2007
61st Tony Awards
Christine Ebersole Grey Gardens 'Little Edie' Beale
Laura Bell Bundy Legally Blonde Elle Woods
Audra McDonald 110 in the Shade Lizzie Curry
Debra Monk Curtains Carmen Bernstein
Donna Murphy LoveMusik Lotte Lenya
2008
62nd Tony Awards
Patti LuPone Gypsy Mama Rose
Kerry Butler Xanadu Kira / Clio
Kelli O'Hara South Pacific Ensign Nellie Forbush
Faith Prince A Catered Affair Agnes 'Aggie' Hurley
Jenna Russell Sunday in the Park with George Dot / Marie
2009
63rd Tony Awards
Alice Ripley Next to Normal Diana Goodman
Stockard Channing Pal Joey Vera Simpson
Sutton Foster Shrek Princess Fiona
Allison Janney 9 to 5 Violet Newstead
Josefina Scaglione West Side Story Maria

2010s[edit]

Year Actress Musical Character
2010
64th Tony Awards
Catherine Zeta-Jones A Little Night Music Desiree Armfeldt
Kate Baldwin Finian's Rainbow Sharon McLonergan
Montego Glover Memphis Felicia Farrell
Christiane Noll Ragtime Mother
Sherie Rene Scott Everyday Rapture Sherie Rene Scott
2011
65th Tony Awards
Sutton Foster Anything Goes Reno Sweeney
Beth Leavel Baby It's You Florence Greenberg
Patina Miller Sister Act Deloris Van Cartier
Donna Murphy The People in the Picture Bubbie / Raisel
2012
66th Tony Awards
Audra McDonald Porgy and Bess Bess
Jan Maxwell Follies Phyllis Rogers Stone
Cristin Milioti Once Girl
Kelli O'Hara Nice Work If You Can Get It Billie Bendix
Laura Osnes Bonnie and Clyde Bonnie Parker
2013
67th Tony Awards
Patina Miller Pippin The Leading Player
Stephanie J. Block The Mystery of Edwin Drood Edwin Drood / Miss Alice Nutting
Carolee Carmello Scandalous Aimee Semple McPherson
Valisia LeKae Motown: The Musical Diana Ross
Laura Osnes Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Ella

Win Total[edit]

Nomination Total[edit]

Character Win Total[edit]

3 Wins

2 Wins

Character Nomination Total[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ This nomination was declined by Andrews.

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