Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical

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Tony Award for
Best Book of a Musical
Awarded for Best Book of a Musical
Location United States New York City
Country United States of America
Presented by American Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held by Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton (2016)
Official website

The Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical is awarded to librettists of the spoken, non-sung dialogue, and storyline of a musical play. Eligibility is restricted to works with original narrative framework; plotless revues and revivals are ineligible. This award was originally called the Tony Award for Best Author, until musicals were split off from dramas.

Winners and nominees[edit]

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Year Author Production
3rd Tony Awards
Samuel and Bella Spewack Kiss Me, Kate


Year Author Production
4th Tony Awards
Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan South Pacific
1951 – 1959 N/A


Year Author Production
1960 – 1961 N/A
16th Tony Awards
Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Michael Stewart and Helen Deutsch Carnival!
17th Tony Awards
Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Lionel Bart Oliver!
Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley Stop the World – I Want to Get Off
Neil Simon Little Me
18th Tony Awards
Michael Stewart Hello, Dolly!
Noël Coward and Harry Kurnitz The Girl Who Came to Supper
Timothy Gray and Hugh Martin High Spirits
Joe Masteroff She Loves Me
19th Tony Awards
Joseph Stein Fiddler on the Roof
1966 – 1969 N/A


Year Author Production
24th Tony Awards
25th Tony Awards
George Furth Company
Robert H. Livingston and Herb Schapiro The Me Nobody Knows
Sherman Yellen The Rothschilds
26th Tony Awards
John Guare and Mel Shapiro Two Gentlemen of Verona
Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs Grease
James Goldman Follies
Melvin Van Peebles Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
27th Tony Awards
Hugh Wheeler A Little Night Music
Micki Grant Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope
Roger O. Hirson Pippin
Melvin Van Peebles Don't Play Us Cheap
28th Tony Awards
Hugh Wheeler Candide
Michael Bennett Seesaw
Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg Raisin
29th Tony Awards
James Lee Barrett, Philip Rose and Peter Udell Shenandoah
William F. Brown The Wiz
Gene Curty, Nitra Scharfman and Chuck Strand The Lieutenant
Michael Stewart Mack and Mabel
30th Tony Awards
Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood, Jr. A Chorus Line
Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Chicago
Alfred Uhry The Robber Bridegroom
John Weidman Pacific Overtures
31st Tony Awards
Thomas Meehan Annie
Vinnette Justine Carroll Your Arms Too Short to Box with God
Michael Feingold and Elisabeth Hauptmann Happy End
Michael Stewart I Love My Wife
32nd Tony Awards
Betty Comden and Adolph Green On the Twentieth Century
Christopher Durang A History of the American Film
Stephen Schwartz Working
Elizabeth Swados Runaways
33rd Tony Awards
Hugh Wheeler Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Jerome Kass Ballroom
Larry L. King and Peter Masterson The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Neil Simon They're Playing Our Song


Year Author Production
34th Tony Awards
Tim Rice Evita
Ralph G. Allen and Harry Rigby Sugar Babies
Mark Bramble Barnum
Dick Vosburgh A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
35th Tony Awards
Peter Stone Woman of the Year
Mark Bramble and Michael Stewart 42nd Street
Mary Kyte Tintypes
Julian More and Monty Norman The Moony Shapiro Songbook
36th Tony Awards
Tom Eyen Dreamgirls
Martin Charnin and Joel Siegel The First
Arthur Kopit Nine
Tim Rice Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
37th Tony Awards
T. S. Eliot Cats
Betty Comden and Adolph Green A Doll's Life
Richard Levinson and William Link Merlin
Timothy S. Mayer and Peter Stone My One and Only
38th Tony Awards
Harvey Fierstein La Cage aux Folles
Charles Blackwell The Tap Dance Kid
James Lapine Sunday in the Park with George
Sybille Pearson Baby
39th Tony Awards
William Hauptman Big River
Barbara Damashek and Molly Newman Quilters
Fay Kanin Grind
Michael Stewart Harrigan 'N Hart
40th Tony Awards
Rupert Holmes The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Betty Comden and Adolph Green Singin' in the Rain
Bob Fosse Big Deal
Jane Iredale Wind in the Willows
41st Tony Awards
Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg Les Misérables
Howard Ashman Smile
Stephen Fry, Douglas Furber, Mike Ockrent and
L. Arthur Rose
Me and My Girl
Joseph Stein Rags
42nd Tony Awards
James Lapine Into the Woods
Lee Breuer The Gospel at Colonus
Barry Harman Romance/Romance
Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber The Phantom of the Opera
43rd Tony Awards


Year Author Production
44th Tony Awards
Larry Gelbart City of Angels
Luther Davis Grand Hotel
Andrew Lloyd Webber Aspects of Love
Hugh Wheeler Meet Me in St. Louis
45th Tony Awards
Marsha Norman The Secret Garden
Lynn Ahrens Once on This Island
Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg Miss Saigon
Peter Stone The Will Rogers Follies
46th Tony Awards
William Finn and James Lapine Falsettos
Ken Ludwig Crazy for You
Clarke Peters Five Guys Named Moe
George C. Wolfe Jelly's Last Jam
47th Tony Awards
Terrence McNally Kiss of the Spider Woman
Peter Kellogg Anna Karenina
Des McAnuff and Pete Townshend The Who's Tommy
Willy Russell Blood Brothers
48th Tony Awards
James Lapine Passion
Walter Bobbie A Grand Night for Singing
Koen van Dijk Cyrano: The Musical
Linda Woolverton Beauty and the Beast
49th Tony Awards
Don Black and Christopher Hampton Sunset Boulevard
50th Tony Awards
Jonathan Larson Rent
Graciela Daniele, Jim Lewis and Michael John LaChiusa Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Reg E. Gaines Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk
John Weidman Big: The Musical
51st Tony Awards
Peter Stone Titanic
Leslie Bricusse Jekyll & Hyde
Cy Coleman, Ira Gasman and David Newman The Life
David Thompson Steel Pier
52nd Tony Awards
Terrence McNally Ragtime
Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi The Lion King
Nan Knighton The Scarlet Pimpernel
Bill Russell Side Show
53rd Tony Awards
Alfred Uhry Parade
Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor and Dan Wheetman It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues
Walter Bobbie and Dean Pitchford Footloose
Pam Gems Marlene


Year Author Production
54th Tony Awards
Richard Nelson James Joyce's The Dead
Michael John LaChiusa Marie Christine
Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe The Wild Party
John Weidman Contact
55th Tony Awards
Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan The Producers
John Caird Jane Eyre
Linda Kline and Lonny Price A Class Act
Terrence McNally The Full Monty
56th Tony Awards
Greg Kotis Urinetown
John Guare Sweet Smell of Success
Catherine Johnson Mamma Mia!
Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan Thoroughly Modern Millie
57th Tony Awards
Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell Hairspray
David Henry Hwang Flower Drum Song
Willie Reale A Year with Frog and Toad
Jeremy Sams and Didier Van Cauwelaert Amour
58th Tony Awards
Jeff Whitty Avenue Q
Nick Enright and Martin Sherman The Boy from Oz
Winnie Holzman Wicked
Tony Kushner Caroline, or Change
59th Tony Awards
Rachel Sheinkin The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Eric Idle Monty Python's Spamalot
Jeffrey Lane Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Craig Lucas The Light in the Piazza
60th Tony Awards
Bob Martin and Don McKellar The Drowsy Chaperone
Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy The Wedding Singer
Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Jersey Boys
Marsha Norman The Color Purple
61st Tony Awards
Steven Sater Spring Awakening
Heather Hach Legally Blonde
Rupert Holmes and Peter Stone Curtains
Doug Wright Grey Gardens
62nd Tony Awards
Stew Passing Strange
Douglas Carter Beane Xanadu
Quiara Alegría Hudes In the Heights
Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell Cry-Baby
63rd Tony Awards
Lee Hall Billy Elliot the Musical
Hunter Bell [title of show]
David Lindsay-Abaire Shrek the Musical
Brian Yorkey Next to Normal


Year Author Production
64th Tony Awards
Joe DiPietro Memphis
Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux Million Dollar Quartet
Bill T. Jones and Jim Lewis Fela!
Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott Everyday Rapture
65th Tony Awards
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone The Book of Mormon
Douglas Carter Beane, Cheri and Bill Steinkellner Sister Act
David Thompson The Scottsboro Boys
Alex Timbers Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
66th Tony Awards
Enda Walsh Once
Douglas Carter Beane Lysistrata Jones
Joe DiPietro Nice Work If You Can Get It
Harvey Fierstein Newsies
67th Tony Awards
Dennis Kelly Matilda the Musical
Douglas Carter Beane Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
Harvey Fierstein Kinky Boots
Joseph Robinette A Christmas Story: The Musical
68th Tony Awards
Robert L. Freedman A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Woody Allen Bullets Over Broadway
Chad Beguelin Aladdin
Douglas McGrath Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
69th Tony Awards
Lisa Kron Fun Home
Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell Something Rotten!
Craig Lucas An American in Paris
Terrence McNally The Visit
70th Tony Awards
Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton
Julian Fellowes School of Rock
Steve Martin Bright Star
George C. Wolfe Shuffle Along

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