Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical

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

This is a list of winners and nominations for the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical. Prior to 1960, category for direction included plays and musicals.

Winners and nominees[edit]

  indicates the winner

1950s[edit]

Year Director Production
1950
4th Tony Awards
Joshua Logan South Pacific
1951
5th Tony Awards
George S. Kaufman Guys and Dolls
1952 – 56 N/A
1957
11th Tony Awards
Moss Hart My Fair Lady
1958 – 59 N/A

1960s[edit]

Year Director Production
1960
14th Tony Awards
George Abbott Fiorello!
Vincent J. Donehue The Sound of Music
Peter Glenville Take Me Along
Michael Kidd Destry Rides Again
Jerome Robbins Gypsy
1961
15th Tony Awards
Gower Champion Bye Bye Birdie
Peter Brook Irma La Douce
Garson Kanin Do Re Mi
1962
16th Tony Awards
Abe Burrows How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Gower Champion Carnival!
Joe Layton No Strings
Joshua Logan All American
1963
17th Tony Awards
George Abbott A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Peter Coe Oliver!
John Fearnley Brigadoon
Cy Feuer and Bob Fosse Little Me
1964
18th Tony Awards
Gower Champion Hello, Dolly!
Joseph Anthony 110 in the Shade
Noël Coward High Spirits
Harold Prince She Loves Me
1965
19th Tony Awards
Jerome Robbins Fiddler on the Roof
Joan Littlewood Oh, What a Lovely War!
Anthony Newley The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
Gene Saks Half a Sixpence
1966
20th Tony Awards
Albert Marre Man of La Mancha
Cy Feuer Skyscraper
Bob Fosse Sweet Charity
Gene Saks Mame
1967
21st Tony Awards
Harold Prince Cabaret
Gower Champion I Do! I Do!
Mike Nichols The Apple Tree
Jack Sydow Annie Get Your Gun
1968
22nd Tony Awards
Gower Champion The Happy Time
George Abbott How Now, Dow Jones
Jules Dassin Illya Darling
Burt Shevelove Hallelujah, Baby!
1969
23rd Tony Awards
Peter Hunt 1776
Robert Moore Promises, Promises
Tom O'Horgan Hair
Harold Prince Zorba

1970s[edit]

Year Director Production
1970
24th Tony Awards
Ron Field Applause
Michael Benthall Coco
Philip Rose Purlie
1971
25th Tony Awards
Harold Prince Company
Michael Kidd The Rothschilds
Robert H. Livingston The Me Nobody Knows
Burt Shevelove No, No, Nanette
1972
26th Tony Awards
Harold Prince and Michael Bennett Follies
Gilbert Moses Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
Mel Shapiro Two Gentlemen of Verona
Burt Shevelove A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
1973
27th Tony Awards
Bob Fosse Pippin
Vinnette Carroll Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope
Gower Champion Sugar
Harold Prince A Little Night Music
1974
28th Tony Awards
Harold Prince Candide
Michael Bennett Seesaw
Donald McKayle Raisin
Tom Moore Over Here!
1975
29th Tony Awards
Geoffrey Holder The Wiz
Gower Champion Mack & Mabel
Grover Dale The Magic Show
Arthur Laurents Gypsy
1976
30th Tony Awards
Michael Bennett A Chorus Line
Bob Fosse Chicago
Bill Gile Very Good Eddie
Harold Prince Pacific Overtures
1977
31st Tony Awards
Gene Saks I Love My Wife
Vinnette Carroll Your Arms Too Short to Box with God
Martin Charnin Annie
Jack O'Brien Porgy and Bess
1978
32nd Tony Awards
Richard Maltby, Jr. Ain't Misbehavin'
Bob Fosse Dancin'
Harold Prince On the Twentieth Century
Elizabeth Swados Runaways
1979
33rd Tony Awards
Harold Prince Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Michael Bennett Ballroom
Peter Masterson and Tommy Tune The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Robert Moore They're Playing Our Song

1980s[edit]

Year Director Production
1980
34th Tony Awards
Harold Prince Evita
Ernest Flatt and Rudy Tronto Sugar Babies
Joe Layton Barnum
Tommy Tune A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
1981
35th Tony Awards
Wilford Leach The Pirates of Penzance
Gower Champion 42nd Street
Robert Moore Woman of the Year
Michael Smuin Sophisticated Ladies
1982
36th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune Nine
Michael Bennett Dreamgirls
Martin Charnin The First
Tony Tanner Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
1983
37th Tony Awards
Trevor Nunn Cats
Michael Kahn Show Boat
Ivan Reitman Merlin
Tommy Tune and Thommie Walsh My One and Only
1984
38th Tony Awards
Arthur Laurents La Cage aux Folles
James Lapine Sunday in the Park with George
Richard Maltby, Jr. Baby
Vivian Matalon The Tap Dance Kid
1985
39th Tony Awards
Des McAnuff Big River
Barbara Damashek Quilters
Mitch Leigh The King and I
Harold Prince Grind
1986
40th Tony Awards
Wilford Leach The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Bob Fosse Big Deal
Hector Orezzoli and Claudio Segovia Tango Argentino
Richard Maltby, Jr. Song & Dance
1987
41st Tony Awards
John Caird and Trevor Nunn Les Misérables
Brian Macdonald The Mikado
Trevor Nunn Starlight Express
Mike Ockrent Me and My Girl
1988
42nd Tony Awards
Harold Prince The Phantom of the Opera
James Lapine Into the Woods
Mbongeni Ngema Sarafina!
Jerry Zaks Anything Goes
1989
43rd Tony Awards
Jerome Robbins Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Larry Carpenter Starmites
Hector Orezzoli and Claudio Segovia Black and Blue
Peter Mark Schifter Welcome to the Club

1990s[edit]

Year Director Production
1990
44th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune Grand Hotel
Michael Blakemore City of Angels
Trevor Nunn Aspects of Love
Susan H. Schulman Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
1991
45th Tony Awards
Tommy Tune The Will Rogers Follies
Graciela Daniele Once on This Island
Nicholas Hytner Miss Saigon
Eleanor Reissa Those Were the Days
1992
46th Tony Awards
Jerry Zaks Guys and Dolls
James Lapine Falsettos
Mike Ockrent Crazy for You
George C. Wolfe Jelly's Last Jam
1993
47th Tony Awards
Des McAnuff The Who's Tommy
Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson Blood Brothers
Michael Kidd The Goodbye Girl
Harold Prince Kiss of the Spider Woman
1994
48th Tony Awards
Nicholas Hytner Carousel
Scott Ellis She Loves Me
James Lapine Passion
Robert Jess Roth Beauty and the Beast
1995
49th Tony Awards
Harold Prince Show Boat
Des McAnuff How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Trevor Nunn Sunset Boulevard
Jerry Zaks Smokey Joe's Cafe
1996
50th Tony Awards
George C. Wolfe Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk
Michael Greif Rent
Christopher Renshaw The King and I
Jerry Zaks A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
1997
51st Tony Awards
Walter Bobbie Chicago
Michael Blakemore The Life
Scott Ellis Steel Pier
Julie Taymor Juan Darién
1998
52nd Tony Awards
Julie Taymor The Lion King
Scott Ellis 1776
Frank Galati Ragtime
Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes Cabaret
1999
53rd Tony Awards
Matthew Bourne Swan Lake
Richard Maltby, Jr. and Ann Reinking Fosse
Michael Mayer You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Harold Prince Parade

2000s[edit]

Year Director Production
2000
54th Tony Awards
Michael Blakemore Kiss Me, Kate
Susan Stroman Contact
The Music Man
Lynne Taylor-Corbett Swing!
2001
55th Tony Awards
Susan Stroman The Producers
Christopher Ashley The Rocky Horror Show
Mark Bramble 42nd Street
Jack O'Brien The Full Monty
2002
56th Tony Awards
John Rando Urinetown
James Lapine Into the Woods
Michael Mayer Thoroughly Modern Millie
Trevor Nunn Oklahoma!
2003
57th Tony Awards
Jack O'Brien Hairspray
David Leveaux Nine
Baz Luhrmann La bohème
Twyla Tharp Movin' Out
2004
58th Tony Awards
Joe Mantello Assassins
Kathleen Marshall Wonderful Town
Jason Moore Avenue Q
George C. Wolfe Caroline, or Change
2005
59th Tony Awards
Mike Nichols Monty Python's Spamalot
James Lapine The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Jack O'Brien Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Bartlett Sher The Light in the Piazza
2006
60th Tony Awards
John Doyle Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Kathleen Marshall The Pajama Game
Des McAnuff Jersey Boys
Casey Nicholaw The Drowsy Chaperone
2007
61st Tony Awards
Michael Mayer Spring Awakening
John Doyle Company
Scott Ellis Curtains
Michael Greif Grey Gardens
2008
62nd Tony Awards
Bartlett Sher South Pacific
Sam Buntrock Sunday in the Park with George
Thomas Kail In the Heights
Arthur Laurents Gypsy
2009
63rd Tony Awards
Stephen Daldry Billy Elliot the Musical
Michael Greif Next to Normal
Kristin Hanggi Rock of Ages
Diane Paulus Hair

2010s[edit]

Year Director Production
2010
64th Tony Awards
Terry Johnson La Cage aux Folles
Christopher Ashley Memphis
Marcia Milgrom Dodge Ragtime
Bill T. Jones Fela!
2011
65th Tony Awards
Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker The Book of Mormon
Rob Ashford How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Kathleen Marshall Anything Goes
Susan Stroman The Scottsboro Boys
2012
66th Tony Awards
John Tiffany Once
Jeff Calhoun Newsies
Kathleen Marshall Nice Work If You Can Get It
Diane Paulus Porgy and Bess
2013
67th Tony Awards
Diane Paulus Pippin
Scott Ellis The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Jerry Mitchell Kinky Boots
Matthew Warchus Matilda the Musical
2014
68th Tony Awards
Darko Tresnjak A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Warren Carlyle After Midnight
Michael Mayer Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Leigh Silverman Violet
2015
69th Tony Awards
Sam Gold Fun Home
Casey Nicholaw Something Rotten!
John Rando On the Town
Bartlett Sher The King and I
Christopher Wheeldon An American in Paris
2016
70th Tony Awards
Thomas Kail Hamilton
Michael Arden Spring Awakening
John Doyle The Color Purple
Scott Ellis She Loves Me
George C. Wolfe Shuffle Along

Award records[edit]

Multiple wins[edit]

8 Wins
3 Wins
2 Wins

Multiple nominations[edit]

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