Tony Award for Best Musical

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Tony Award for
Best Musical
Awarded for Best Musical
Location New York City
Presented by American Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held by The Band's Visit (2018)
Website TonyAwards.com

The Tony Awards are yearly awards that recognize achievement in live Broadway theatre. The award for Best Musical is one of the ceremony's longest-standing awards, having been presented each year since 1949. It is the final award presented at the ceremony. The award goes to the producers of the musical. The musicals that are nominated for this award are usually performed during the ceremony and before this award is presented. This is a list of winners and nominations for the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Winners and nominees[edit]

† marks winners of the annual Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

  indicates the winner

1940s[edit]

Year Musical Book Music Lyrics
1949
3rd Tony Awards
Kiss Me, Kate Bella & Samuel Spewack Cole Porter

1950s[edit]

Year Musical Book Music Lyrics
1950
4th Tony Awards
South Pacific Oscar Hammerstein II & Joshua Logan Richard Rodgers Hammerstein
1951
5th Tony Awards
Guys and Dolls Abe Burrows & Jo Swerling Frank Loesser
1952
6th Tony Awards
The King and I Oscar Hammerstein II Richard Rodgers Hammerstein
1953
7th Tony Awards
Wonderful Town Jerome Chodorov & Joseph Fields Leonard Bernstein Betty Comden & Adolph Green
1954
8th Tony Awards
Kismet Luther Davis & Charles Lederer Alexander Borodin Chet Forrest & Bob Wright
1955
9th Tony Awards
The Pajama Game George Abbott & Richard Pike Bissell Richard Adler & Jerry Ross
1956
10th Tony Awards
Damn Yankees George Abbott & Douglass Wallop Richard Adler Jerry Ross
Pipe Dream Oscar Hammerstein II Richard Rodgers Hammerstein
1957
11th Tony Awards
My Fair Lady Alan Jay Lerner Frederick Loewe Lerner
Bells Are Ringing Betty Comden & Adolph Green Jule Styne Comden & Green
Candide Lillian Hellman Leonard Bernstein Richard Wilbur
The Most Happy Fella Frank Loesser
1958
12th Tony Awards
The Music Man Franklin Lacey & Meredith Willson Willson
West Side Story Arthur Laurents Leonard Bernstein Stephen Sondheim
New Girl in Town George Abbott Bob Merrill
Oh, Captain! José Ferrer & Al Morgan Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
Jamaica Yip Harburg & Fred Saidy Harold Arlen Harburg
1959
13th Tony Awards
Redhead Dorothy, Herbert Fields, David Shaw & Sidney Sheldon Albert Hague D. Fields
Flower Drum Song Joseph Fields & Oscar Hammerstein II Richard Rodgers Hammerstein
La Plume de Ma Tante Robert Dhéry Gérard Calvi Ross Parker

1960s[edit]

Year Musical Book Music Lyrics
1960
14th Tony Awards
The Sound of Music Russel Crouse & Howard Lindsay Richard Rodgers Oscar Hammerstein II
Fiorello! George Abbott & Jerome Weidman Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick
Gypsy Arthur Laurents Jule Styne Stephen Sondheim
Once Upon a Mattress Marshall Barer, Dean Fuller & Jay Thompson Mary Rodgers Barer
Take Me Along Bob Russell & Joseph Stein Bob Merrill
1961
15th Tony Awards
Bye Bye Birdie Michael Stewart Charles Strouse Lee Adams
Do Re Mi Garson Kanin Jule Styne Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Irma La Douce Alexandre Breffort, David Heneker, Julian More & Monty Norman Marguerite Monnot Breffort, Heneker, More & Norman
1962
16th Tony Awards
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Abe Burrows, Willie Gilbert & Jack Weinstock Frank Loesser
Carnival! Helen Deutsch & Michael Stewart Bob Merrill
Milk and Honey Don Appell Jerry Herman
No Strings Samuel A. Taylor Richard Rodgers
1963
17th Tony Awards
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Larry Gelbart & Burt Shevelove Stephen Sondheim
Little Me Neil Simon Cy Coleman Carolyn Leigh
Oliver! Lionel Bart
Stop the World – I Want to Get Off Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
1964
18th Tony Awards
Hello, Dolly! Michael Stewart Jerry Herman
Funny Girl Isobel Lennart Jule Styne Bob Merrill
High Spirits Timothy Gray & Hugh Martin
She Loves Me Joe Masteroff Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick
1965
19th Tony Awards
Fiddler on the Roof Joseph Stein Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick
Golden Boy William Gibson & Clifford Odets Charles Strouse Lee Adams
Half a Sixpence Beverley Cross David Heneker
Oh, What a Lovely War! Joan Littlewood & Theatre Workshop Various
1966
20th Tony Awards
Man of La Mancha Dale Wasserman Mitch Leigh Joe Darion
Mame Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee Jerry Herman
Skyscraper Peter Stone Jimmy Van Heusen Sammy Cahn
Sweet Charity Neil Simon Cy Coleman Dorothy Fields
1967
21st Tony Awards
Cabaret Joe Masteroff John Kander Fred Ebb
I Do! I Do! Tom Jones Harvey Schmidt Jones
The Apple Tree Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick Bock Harnick
Walking Happy Ketti Frings & Roger O. Hirson Jimmy Van Heusen Sammy Cahn
1968
22nd Tony Awards
Hallelujah, Baby! Arthur Laurents Jule Styne Betty Comden & Adolph Green
The Happy Time N. Richard Nash John Kander Fred Ebb
How Now, Dow Jones Max Shulman Elmer Bernstein Carolyn Leigh
Illya Darling Jules Dassin Manos Hatzidakis Joe Darion
1969
23rd Tony Awards
1776 Peter Stone Sherman Edwards
Hair James Rado & Gerome Ragni Galt MacDermot Rado
Promises, Promises Neil Simon Burt Bacharach Hal David
Zorba Joseph Stein John Kander Fred Ebb

1970s[edit]

Year Musical Book Music Lyrics
1970
24th Tony Awards
Applause Betty Comden & Adolph Green Charles Strouse Lee Adams
Coco Alan Jay Lerner André Previn Lerner
Purlie Ossie Davis, Philip Rose & Peter Udell Gary Geld Udell
1971
25th Tony Awards
Company George Furth Stephen Sondheim
The Me Nobody Knows Stephen M. Joseph, Robert H. Livingston & Herb Schapiro Gary William Friedman Will Holt
The Rothschilds Sherman Yellen Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick
1972
26th Tony Awards
Two Gentlemen of Verona John Guare & Mel Shapiro Galt MacDermot Guare
Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death Block
Follies James Goldman Stephen Sondheim
Grease Warren Casey & Jim Jacobs
1973
27th Tony Awards
A Little Night Music Hugh Wheeler Stephen Sondheim
Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope Micki Grant
Pippin Bob Fosse & Roger O. Hirson Stephen Schwartz
Sugar Peter Stone Jule Styne Bob Merrill
1974
28th Tony Awards
Raisin Robert Nemiroff & Charlotte Zaltzberg Judd Woldin Robert Brittan
Over Here! Will Holt Sherman Brothers
Seesaw Michael Bennett Cy Coleman Dorothy Fields
1975
29th Tony Awards
The Wiz William F. Brown Charlie Smalls
Mack & Mabel Michael Stewart Jerry Herman
The Lieutenant Gene Curty, Nitra Scharfman & Chuck Strand
Shenandoah James Lee Barrett, Philip Rose & Peter Udell Gary Geld Udell
1976
30th Tony Awards
A Chorus Line James Kirkwood Jr. & Nicholas Dante Marvin Hamlisch Ed Kleban
Bubbling Brown Sugar Loften Mitchell Various
Chicago Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse John Kander Ebb
Pacific Overtures John Weidman Stephen Sondheim
1977
31st Tony Awards
Annie Thomas Meehan Charles Strouse Martin Charnin
Happy End Elisabeth Hauptmann Kurt Weill Bertolt Brecht
I Love My Wife Michael Stewart Cy Coleman Stewart
Side by Side by Sondheim N/A Stephen Sondheim
1978
32nd Tony Awards
Ain't Misbehavin' Murray Horwitz & Richard Maltby Jr. Fats Waller Various
Dancin' N/A Various
On the Twentieth Century Betty Comden & Adolph Green Cy Coleman Comden & Green
Runaways Elizabeth Swados
1979
33rd Tony Awards
Sweeney Todd Hugh Wheeler Stephen Sondheim
Ballroom Jerome Kass Billy Goldenberg Alan & Marilyn Bergman
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Larry L. King & Peter Masterson Carol Hall
They're Playing Our Song Neil Simon Marvin Hamlisch Carole Bayer Sager

1980s[edit]

Year Musical Book Music Lyrics
1980
34th Tony Awards
Evita Tim Rice Andrew Lloyd Webber Rice
A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine Dick Vosburgh Frank Lazarus Vosburgh
Barnum Mark Bramble Cy Coleman Michael Stewart
Sugar Babies Ralph G. Allen Jimmy McHugh Al Dubin & Dorothy Fields
1981
35th Tony Awards
42nd Street Mark Bramble & Michael Stewart Harry Warren Al Dubin
Sophisticated Ladies Donald McKayle Duke Ellington Various
Tintypes Mel Marvin & Gary Pearle Various
Woman of the Year Peter Stone John Kander Fred Ebb
1982
36th Tony Awards
Nine Arthur Kopit Maury Yeston
Dreamgirls Tom Eyen Henry Krieger Eyen
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Tim Rice Andrew Lloyd Webber Rice
Pump Boys and Dinettes John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel & Jim Wann
1983
37th Tony Awards
Cats T. S. Eliot Andrew Lloyd Webber Eliot & Trevor Nunn
Blues in the Night N/A Various
Merlin Richard Levinson & William Link Elmer Bernstein Don Black
My One and Only Timothy S. Mayer & Peter Stone George Gershwin Ira Gershwin
1984
38th Tony Awards
La Cage aux Folles Harvey Fierstein Jerry Herman
Baby Sybille Pearson David Shire Richard Maltby Jr.
Sunday in the Park with George James Lapine Stephen Sondheim
The Tap Dance Kid Charles Blackwell Henry Krieger Robert Lorick
1985
39th Tony Awards
Big River William Hauptman Roger Miller
Grind Fay Kanin Larry Grossman Ellen Fitzhugh
Leader of the Pack Anne Beatts Ellie Greenwich Various
Quilters Barbara Damashek & Molly Newman Damashek
1986
40th Tony Awards
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Rupert Holmes
Big Deal Bob Fosse Various
Song and Dance N/A Andrew Lloyd Webber Don Black
Tango Argentino N/A Various
1987
41st Tony Awards
Les Misérables Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg Schönberg Herbert Kretzmer
Me and My Girl Douglas Furber & L. Arthur Rose Noel Gay Furber & Rose
Rags Joseph Stein Charles Strouse Stephen Schwartz
Starlight Express N/A Andrew Lloyd Webber Richard Stilgoe
1988
42nd Tony Awards
The Phantom of the Opera Richard Stilgoe & Andrew Lloyd Webber Webber Charles Hart
Into the Woods James Lapine Stephen Sondheim
Romance/Romance Barry Harman Keith Herrmann Harman
Sarafina! Mbongeni Ngema
1989
43rd Tony Awards
Jerome Robbins' Broadway N/A Various
Black and Blue N/A Various
Starmites Barry Keating & Stuart Ross Keating

1990s[edit]

Year Musical Book Music Lyrics
1990
44th Tony Awards
City of Angels Larry Gelbart Cy Coleman David Zippel
Aspects of Love Andrew Lloyd Webber Don Black & Charles Hart
Grand Hotel Luther Davis Chet Forrest, Bob Wright & Maury Yeston
Meet Me in St. Louis Hugh Wheeler Ralph Blane & Hugh Martin
1991
45th Tony Awards
The Will Rogers Follies Peter Stone Cy Coleman Betty Comden & Adolph Green
Miss Saigon Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg Schönberg Boublil & Richard Maltby Jr.
Once on This Island Lynn Ahrens Stephen Flaherty Ahrens
The Secret Garden Marsha Norman Lucy Simon Norman
1992
46th Tony Awards
Crazy for You Ken Ludwig George Gershwin Ira Gershwin
Falsettos William Finn & James Lapine Finn
Five Guys Named Moe Clarke Peters Various
Jelly's Last Jam George C. Wolfe Jelly Roll Morton Susan Birkenhead
1993
47th Tony Awards
Kiss of the Spider Woman Terrence McNally John Kander Fred Ebb
Blood Brothers Willy Russell
The Goodbye Girl Neil Simon Marvin Hamlisch David Zippel
The Who's Tommy Des McAnuff & Pete Townshend Townshend
1994
48th Tony Awards
Passion James Lapine Stephen Sondheim
A Grand Night for Singing Walter Bobbie Richard Rodgers Oscar Hammerstein II
Beauty and the Beast Linda Woolverton Alan Menken Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Cyrano: The Musical Koen van Dijk Ad van Dijk K. van Dijk
1995
49th Tony Awards
Sunset Boulevard Christopher Hampton & Don Black Andrew Lloyd Webber Hampton & Black
Smokey Joe's Cafe N/A Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
1996
50th Tony Awards
Rent Jonathan Larson
Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk Reg E. Gaines Ann Duquesnay, Zane Mark & Daryl Waters Duquesnay, Gaines & George C. Wolfe
Chronicle of a Death Foretold Graciela Daniele & Jim Lewis Bob Telson Daniele & Lewis
Swinging on a Star Michael Leeds Various Johnny Burke
1997
51st Tony Awards
Titanic Peter Stone Maury Yeston
Juan Darien Elliot Goldenthal & Julie Taymor Goldenthal
Steel Pier David Thompson John Kander Fred Ebb
The Life Cy Coleman, David Newman & Ira Gasman Coleman Gasman
1998
52nd Tony Awards
The Lion King Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi Elton John Tim Rice
Side Show Bill Russell Henry Krieger Russell
The Scarlet Pimpernel Nan Knighton Frank Wildhorn Knighton
Ragtime Terrence McNally Stephen Flaherty Lynn Ahrens
1999
53rd Tony Awards
Fosse N/A Various
The Civil War Gregory Boyd & Frank Wildhorn Wildhorn Jack Murphy
It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor & Dan Wheetman Various
Parade Alfred Uhry Jason Robert Brown

2000s[edit]

Year Musical Book Music Lyrics
2000
54th Tony Awards
Contact John Weidman Various
James Joyce's The Dead Richard Nelson Shaun Davey Shaun Davey & Richard Nelson
Swing! Paul Kelley Various
The Wild Party Michael John LaChiusa & George C. Wolfe Michael John LaChiusa
2001
55th Tony Awards
The Producers Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan Brooks
A Class Act Linda Kline & Lonny Price Ed Kleban
The Full Monty Terrence McNally David Yazbek
Jane Eyre John Caird Paul Gordon John Caird & Paul Gordon
2002
56th Tony Awards
Thoroughly Modern Millie Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan Jeanine Tesori Scanlan
Mamma Mia! Catherine Johnson Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
Sweet Smell of Success John Guare Marvin Hamlisch Craig Carnelia
Urinetown Greg Kotis Mark Hollman Mark Hollman & Greg Kotis
2003
57th Tony Awards
Hairspray Thomas Meehan & Mark O'Donnell Marc Shaiman Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Amour Jeremy Sams & Didier Van Cauwelaert Michel Legrand Jeremy Sams & Didier Van Cauwelaert
A Year with Frog and Toad Willie Reale Robert Reale Willie Reale
Movin' Out Twyla Tharp Billy Joel
2004
58th Tony Awards
Avenue Q Jeff Whitty Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx
The Boy from Oz Martin Sherman Peter Allen
Caroline, or Change Tony Kushner Jeanine Tesori Tony Kushner
Wicked Winnie Holzman Stephen Schwartz
2005
59th Tony Awards
Spamalot Eric Idle John Du Prez & Idle Idle
The Light in the Piazza Craig Lucas Adam Guettel
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Jeffrey Lane David Yazbek
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Rachel Sheinkin William Finn
2006
60th Tony Awards
Jersey Boys Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Bob Crewe & Bob Gaudio
The Color Purple Marsha Norman Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis
The Drowsy Chaperone Bob Martin & Don McKellar Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison
The Wedding Singer Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy Matthew Sklar Chad Beguelin
2007
61st Tony Awards
Spring Awakening Steven Sater Duncan Sheik Steven Sater
Curtains Rupert Holmes John Kander Fred Ebb
Grey Gardens Doug Wright Scott Frankel Michael Korie
Mary Poppins Julian Fellowes Anthony Drewe, Sherman Brothers & George Stiles
2008
62nd Tony Awards
In the Heights Quiara Alegría Hudes Lin-Manuel Miranda
Cry-Baby Thomas Meehan & Mark O'Donnell Adam Schlesinger David Javerbaum
Passing Strange Stew Heidi Rodewald & Stew Stew
Xanadu Douglas Carter Beane John Farrar & Jeff Lynne
2009
63rd Tony Awards
Billy Elliot the Musical Lee Hall Elton John Hall
Next to Normal Brian Yorkey Tom Kitt Yorkey
Rock of Ages Chris D'Arienzo Various
Shrek The Musical David Lindsay-Abaire Jeanine Tesori Lindsay-Abaire

2010s[edit]

Year Musical Book Music Lyrics
2010
64th Tony Awards
Memphis Joe DiPietro David Bryan Bryan & DiPietro
American Idiot Billie Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer Green Day Armstrong
Fela! Bill T. Jones & Jim Lewis Fela
Million Dollar Quartet Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux Various
2011
65th Tony Awards
The Book of Mormon Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone
Catch Me If You Can Terrence McNally Marc Shaiman Shaiman & Scott Wittman
The Scottsboro Boys David Thompson John Kander Fred Ebb
Sister Act Cheri, Bill Steinkellner & Douglas Carter Beane Alan Menken Glenn Slater
2012
66th Tony Awards
Once Enda Walsh Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Leap of Faith Janus Cercone & Glenn Slater Alan Menken Glenn Slater
Newsies Harvey Fierstein Menken Jack Feldman
Nice Work If You Can Get It Joe DiPietro George Gershwin Ira Gershwin
2013
67th Tony Awards
Kinky Boots Harvey Fierstein Cyndi Lauper
Bring It On: The Musical Jeff Whitty Tom Kitt & Lin-Manuel Miranda Amanda Green & Miranda
A Christmas Story: The Musical Joseph Robinette Pasek & Paul
Matilda the Musical Dennis Kelly Tim Minchin
2014
68th Tony Awards
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Robert L. Freedman Steven Lutvak Freedman & Lutvak
After Midnight Jack Viertel Various
Aladdin Chad Beguelin Alan Menken Howard Ashman, Beguelin & Tim Rice
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Douglas McGrath Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
2015
69th Tony Awards
Fun Home Lisa Kron Jeanine Tesori Kron
An American in Paris Craig Lucas George Gershwin Ira Gershwin
Something Rotten! Karey Kirkpatrick & John O'Farrell Karey & Wayne Kirkpatrick
The Visit Terrence McNally John Kander Fred Ebb
2016
70th Tony Awards
Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda
Bright Star Steve Martin Edie Brickell & Martin Brickell
School of Rock Julian Fellowes Andrew Lloyd Webber Glenn Slater
Shuffle Along George C. Wolfe Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle
Waitress Jessie Nelson Sara Bareilles
2017
71st Tony Awards
Dear Evan Hansen Steven Levenson Pasek & Paul
Come from Away David Hein & Irene Sankoff
Groundhog Day Danny Rubin Tim Minchin
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Dave Malloy
2018
72nd Tony Awards
The Band's Visit Itamar Moses David Yazbek
Frozen Jennifer Lee Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
Mean Girls Tina Fey Jeff Richmond Nell Benjamin
SpongeBob SquarePants Kyle Jarrow Various

Records[edit]

Accumulated records as of 2016:[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts About the Tony Awards". Tony Legacy. The American Theatre Wing. 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 

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