Tony Award for Best Choreography

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Tony Award for
Best Choreography
Awarded for Best Choreography
Location United States New York City
Country United States of America
Presented by American Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held by Andy Blankenbuehler for Hamilton (2016)
Official website TonyAwards.com

The Tony Award for Best Choreography is awarded to acknowledge the contributions of choreographers in both musicals and plays. The award has been given since 1947, but nominees were not announced until 1956.

Winners and nominees[edit]

  indicates the winner

1940s[edit]

Year Choreographer Production
1947
1st Tony Awards
Agnes de Mille Brigadoon
Michael Kidd Finian's Rainbow
1948
2nd Tony Awards
Jerome Robbins High Button Shoes
1949
3rd Tony Awards
Gower Champion Lend An Ear

1950s[edit]

Year Choreographer Production
1950
4th Tony Awards
Helen Tamiris Touch and Go
1951
5th Tony Awards
Michael Kidd Guys and Dolls
1952
6th Tony Awards
Robert Alton Pal Joey
1953
7th Tony Awards
Donald Saddler Wonderful Town
1954
8th Tony Awards
Michael Kidd Can-Can
1955
9th Tony Awards
Bob Fosse The Pajama Game
1956
10th Tony Awards
Bob Fosse Damn Yankees
Robert Alton The Vamp
Boris Runanin Phoenix '55
Pipe Dream
Anna Sokolow Red Roses for Me
1957
11th Tony Awards
Michael Kidd Li'l Abner
Hanya Holm My Fair Lady
Dania Krupska The Most Happy Fella
Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins Bells Are Ringing
1958
12th Tony Awards
Jerome Robbins West Side Story
Bob Fosse New Girl in Town
Onna White The Music Man
1959
13th Tony Awards
Bob Fosse Redhead
Agnes de Mille Goldilocks
Carol Haney Flower Drum Song
Onna White Whoop-Up

1960s[edit]

Year Choreographer Production
1960
14th Tony Awards
Michael Kidd Destry Rides Again
Peter Gennaro Fiorello!
Joe Layton Greenwillow
Lee Scot Happy Town
Onna White Take Me Along
1961
15th Tony Awards
Gower Champion Bye Bye Birdie
Onna White Irma La Douce
1962
16th Tony Awards
Joe Layton No Strings
Agnes de Mille Kwamina
Michael Kidd Subways Are for Sleeping
Dania Krupska The Happiest Girl in the World
1963
17th Tony Awards
Bob Fosse Little Me
Carol Haney Bravo Giovanni
1964
18th Tony Awards
Gower Champion Hello, Dolly!
Danny Daniels High Spirits
Carol Haney Funny Girl
Herbert Ross Anyone Can Whistle
1965
19th Tony Awards
Jerome Robbins Fiddler on the Roof
Peter Gennaro Bajour
Donald McKayle Golden Boy
Onna White Half a Sixpence
1966
20th Tony Awards
Bob Fosse Sweet Charity
Jack Cole Man of La Mancha
Michael Kidd Skyscraper
Onna White Mame
1967
21st Tony Awards
Ron Field Cabaret
Michael Bennett A Joyful Noise
Danny Daniels Annie Get Your Gun
Walking Happy
Lee Theodore The Apple Tree
1968
22nd Tony Awards
Gower Champion The Happy Time
Michael Bennett Henry, Sweet Henry
Kevin Carlisle Hallelujah, Baby!
Onna White Illya Darling
1969
23rd Tony Awards
Joe Layton George M!
Sammy Bayes Canterbury Tales
Michael Bennett Promises, Promises
Ron Field Zorba

1970s[edit]

Year Choreographer Production
1970
24th Tony Awards
Ron Field Applause
Michael Bennett Coco
Grover Dale Billy
Louis Johnson Purlie
1971
25th Tony Awards
Donald Saddler No, No, Nanette
Michael Bennett Company
Michael Kidd The Rothschilds
1972
26th Tony Awards
Michael Bennett Follies
Patricia Birch Grease
Jean Erdman Two Gentlemen of Verona
1973
27th Tony Awards
Bob Fosse Pippin
Gower Champion Sugar
Peter Gennaro Irene
Donald Saddler Much Ado About Nothing
1974
28th Tony Awards
Michael Bennett Seesaw
Patricia Birch Over Here!
Donald McKayle Raisin
1975
29th Tony Awards
George Faison The Wiz
Gower Champion Mack and Mabel
Donald McKayle Doctor Jazz
Margo Sappington Where's Charley?
Robert Tucker Shenandoah
Joel Zwick Dance with Me
1976
30th Tony Awards
Bob Avian and Michael Bennett A Chorus Line
Patricia Birch Pacific Overtures
Bob Fosse Chicago
Billy Wilson Bubbling Brown Sugar
1977
31st Tony Awards
Peter Gennaro Annie
Talley Beatty Your Arms Too Short to Box with God
Patricia Birch Music Is
Onna White I Love My Wife
1978
32nd Tony Awards
Bob Fosse Dancin'
Arthur Faria Ain't Misbehavin'
Ron Lewis The Act
Elizabeth Swados Runaways
1979
33rd Tony Awards
Bob Avian and Michael Bennett Ballroom
Henry LeTang and Billy Wilson Eubie!
Dan Siretta Whoopee!
Tommy Tune The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

1980s[edit]

Year Choreographer Production
1980
34th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune and Thommie Walsh A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
Ernest Flatt Sugar Babies
Larry Fuller Evita
Joe Layton Barnum
1981
35th Tony Awards
Gower Champion 42nd Street
Graciela Daniele The Pirates of Penzance
Henry LeTang, Donald McKayle and Michael Smuin Sophisticated Ladies
Roland Petit Can-Can
1982
36th Tony Awards
Michael Bennett and Michael Peters Dreamgirls
Peter Gennaro Little Me
Tony Tanner Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Tommy Tune Nine
1983
37th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune and Thommie Walsh My One and Only
George Faison Porgy and Bess
Gillian Lynne Cats
Donald Saddler On Your Toes
1984
38th Tony Awards
Danny Daniels The Tap Dance Kid
Wayne Cilento Baby
Graciela Daniele The Rink
Scott Salmon La Cage aux Folles
1985
39th Tony Awards
N/A
1986
40th Tony Awards
Bob Fosse Big Deal
Graciela Daniele The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Peter Martins Song & Dance
Tango Argentino Dancers Tango Argentino
1987
41st Tony Awards
Gillian Gregory Me and My Girl
Ron Field Rags
Brian Macdonald The Mikado
Arlene Phillips Starlight Express
1988
42nd Tony Awards
Michael Smuin Anything Goes
Lar Lubovitch Into the Woods
Gillian Lynne The Phantom of the Opera
Ndaba Mhlongo and Mbongeni Ngema Sarafina!
1989
43rd Tony Awards
Cholly Atkins, Henry LeTang, Frankie Manning and
Fayard Nicholas
Black and Blue
Michele Assaf Starmites
Bill Irwin and Kimi Okada Largely New York
Alan Johnson Legs Diamond

1990s[edit]

Year Choreographer Production
1990
44th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune Grand Hotel
Joan Brickhill Meet Me in St. Louis
Graciela Daniele and Tina Paul Dangerous Games
1991
45th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune The Will Rogers Follies
Bob Avian Miss Saigon
Graciela Daniele Once on This Island
Dan Siretta Oh, Kay!
1992
46th Tony Awards
Susan Stroman Crazy for You
Terry John Bates Dancing at Lughnasa
Christopher Chadman Guys and Dolls
Hope Clarke, Gregory Hines and Ted L. Levy Jelly's Last Jam
1993
47th Tony Awards
Wayne Cilento The Who's Tommy
Graciela Daniele The Goodbye Girl
Rob Marshall and Vincent Paterson Kiss of the Spider Woman
Randy Skinner Ain't Broadway Grand
1994
48th Tony Awards
Kenneth MacMillan Carousel
Jeff Calhoun Grease
Rob Marshall Damn Yankees
She Loves Me
1995
49th Tony Awards
Susan Stroman Show Boat
Bob Avian Sunset Boulevard
Wayne Cilento How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Joey McKneely Smokey Joe's Cafe
1996
50th Tony Awards
Savion Glover Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk
Graciela Daniele Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Susan Stroman Big: the musical
Marlies Yearby Rent
1997
51st Tony Awards
Ann Reinking Chicago
Wayne Cilento Dream
Joey McKneely The Life
Susan Stroman Steel Pier
1998
52nd Tony Awards
Garth Fagan The Lion King
Graciela Daniele Ragtime
Forever Tango Dancers Forever Tango
Rob Marshall Cabaret
1999
53rd Tony Awards
Matthew Bourne Swan Lake
Patricia Birch Parade
Rob Marshall Little Me
A. C. Ciulla Footloose

2000s[edit]

Year Choreographer Production
2000
54th Tony Awards
Susan Stroman Contact
Kathleen Marshall Kiss Me, Kate
Susan Stroman The Music Man
Lynne Taylor-Corbett Swing!
2001
55th Tony Awards
Susan Stroman The Producers
Jerry Mitchell The Full Monty
Randy Skinner 42nd Street
2002
56th Tony Awards
Rob Ashford Thoroughly Modern Millie
John Carrafa Into the Woods
Urinetown
Susan Stroman Oklahoma!
2003
57th Tony Awards
Twyla Tharp Movin' Out
Robert Longbottom Flower Drum Song
Jerry Mitchell Hairspray
Melinda Roy Urban Cowboy
2004
58th Tony Awards
Kathleen Marshall Wonderful Town
Wayne Cilento Wicked
Farah Khan and Anthony Van Laast Bombay Dreams
Jerry Mitchell Never Gonna Dance
2005
59th Tony Awards
Jerry Mitchell La Cage aux Folles
Wayne Cilento Sweet Charity
Jerry Mitchell Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Casey Nicholaw Monty Python's Spamalot
2006
60th Tony Awards
Kathleen Marshall The Pajama Game
Rob Ashford The Wedding Singer
Donald Bryd The Color Purple
Casey Nicholaw The Drowsy Chaperone
2007
61st Tony Awards
Bill T. Jones Spring Awakening
Rob Ashford Curtains
Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear Mary Poppins
Jerry Mitchell Legally Blonde
2008
62nd Tony Awards
Andy Blankenbuehler In the Heights
Rob Ashford Cry-Baby
Christopher Gattelli South Pacific
Dan Knechtges Xanadu
2009
63rd Tony Awards
Peter Darling Billy Elliot the Musical
Karole Armitage Hair
Andy Blankenbuehler 9 to 5
Randy Skinner White Christmas

2010s[edit]

Year Choreographer Production
2010
64th Tony Awards
Bill T. Jones Fela!
Rob Ashford Promises, Promises
Lynne Page La Cage aux Folles
Twyla Tharp Come Fly Away
2011
65th Tony Awards
Kathleen Marshall Anything Goes
Rob Ashford How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Casey Nicholaw The Book of Mormon
Susan Stroman The Scottsboro Boys
2012
66th Tony Awards
Christopher Gattelli Newsies
Rob Ashford Evita
Steven Hoggett Once
Kathleen Marshall Nice Work If You Can Get It
2013
67th Tony Awards
Jerry Mitchell Kinky Boots
Andy Blankenbuehler Bring It On
Peter Darling Matilda the Musical
Chet Walker Pippin
2014
68th Tony Awards
Warren Carlyle After Midnight
Kelly Devine and Steven Hoggett Rocky
Casey Nicholaw Aladdin
Susan Stroman Bullets Over Broadway
2015
69th Tony Awards
Christopher Wheeldon An American in Paris
Joshua Bergasse On the Town
Christopher Gattelli The King and I
Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Casey Nicholaw Something Rotten!
2016
70th Tony Awards
Andy Blankenbuehler Hamilton
Savion Glover Shuffle Along
Hofesh Shechter Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo On Your Feet!

Award records[edit]

Multiple Wins[edit]

Multiple Nominations[edit]

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