Tony Award for Best Musical

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Tony Award for
Best Musical
Awarded for Best Musical
Location New York City
Country United States of America
Presented by American Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held by Hamilton (2016)
Official 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. This is a list of winners and nominations for the Tony Award for Best Musical, typically presented to the producers of the 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 Samuel and Bella Spewack Cole Porter

1950s[edit]

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

1960s[edit]

Year Musical Book Music Lyrics
1960
14th Tony Awards
The Sound of Music Howard Lindsay and
Russel Crouse
Richard Rodgers Oscar Hammerstein II
Fiorello! Jerome Weidman and
George Abbott
Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick
Gypsy Arthur Laurents Jule Styne Stephen Sondheim
Once Upon a Mattress Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller Mary Rodgers Marshall Barer
Take Me Along Joseph Stein and Robert Russell Bob Merrill
1961
15th Tony Awards
Bye Bye Birdie Michael Stewart Charles Strouse Lee Adams
Do Re Mi Garson Kanin Jule Styne Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Irma La Douce Alexandre Breffort, Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman Marguerite Monnot Alexandre Breffort, Julian More, David Heneker and
Monty Norman
1962
16th Tony Awards
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert Frank Loesser
Carnival! Michael Stewart and
Helen Deutsch
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 Burt Shevelove and
Larry Gelbart
Stephen Sondheim
Little Me Neil Simon Cy Coleman Carolyn Leigh
Oliver! Lionel Bart
Stop the World – I Want to Get Off Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
1964
18th Tony Awards
Hello, Dolly! Michael Stewart Jerry Herman
Funny Girl Isobel Lennart Jule Styne Bob Merrill
High Spirits Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray
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 Clifford Odets and William Gibson Charles Strouse Lee Adams
Half a Sixpence Beverley Cross David Heneker
Oh, What a Lovely War! Joan Littlewood and
Theatre Workshop
Various
1966
20th Tony Awards
Man of La Mancha Dale Wasserman Mitch Leigh Joe Darion
Mame Jerome Lawrence and
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 Tom Jones
The Apple Tree Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick
Walking Happy Roger O. Hirson and Ketti Frings Jimmy Van Heusen Sammy Cahn
1968
22nd Tony Awards
Hallelujah, Baby! Arthur Laurents Jule Styne Betty Comden and
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 Hadjidakis Joe Darion
1969
23rd Tony Awards
1776 Peter Stone Sherman Edwards
Hair Gerome Ragni and James Rado Galt MacDermot James 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 and
Adolph Green
Charles Strouse Lee Adams
Coco Alan Jay Lerner André Previn Alan Jay Lerner
Purlie Ossie Davis, Philip Rose and
Peter Udell
Gary Geld Peter Udell
1971
25th Tony Awards
Company George Furth Stephen Sondheim
The Me Nobody Knows Robert H. Livingston, Herb Schapiro and Stephen M. Joseph Gary William Friedman Will Holt
The Rothschilds Sherman Yellen Jerry Bock Sheldon Harnick
1972
26th Tony Awards
Two Gentlemen of Verona John Guare and Mel Shapiro Galt MacDermot John Guare
Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death Melvin Van Peebles
Follies James Goldman Stephen Sondheim
Grease Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
1973
27th Tony Awards
A Little Night Music Hugh Wheeler Stephen Sondheim
Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope Micki Grant
Pippin Roger O. Hirson and Bob Fosse Stephen Schwartz
Sugar Peter Stone Jule Styne Bob Merrill
1974
28th Tony Awards
Raisin Robert Nemiroff and
Charlotte Zaltzberg
Judd Woldin Robert Brittan
Over Here! Will Holt Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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 and Chuck Strand
Shenandoah James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell and Philip Rose Gary Geld Peter Udell
1976
30th Tony Awards
A Chorus Line James Kirkwood Marvin Hamlisch Edward Kleban
Bubbling Brown Sugar Loften Mitchell Various
Chicago Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse John Kander Fred 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 Michael Stewart
Side by Side by Sondheim N/A Stephen Sondheim
1978
32nd Tony Awards
Ain't Misbehavin' N/A Thomas "Fats" Waller Various
Dancin' N/A Various
On the Twentieth Century Betty Comden and Adolph Green Cy Coleman Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Runaways Elizabeth Swados
1979
33rd Tony Awards
Sweeney Todd Hugh Wheeler Stephen Sondheim
Ballroom Jerome Kass Billy Goldenberg Alan and Marilyn Bergman
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Larry L. King and 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 Tim Rice
A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine Dick Vosburgh Frank Lazarus Dick Vosburgh
Barnum Mark Bramble Cy Coleman Michael Stewart
Sugar Babies Ralph G. Allen Jimmy McHugh Dorothy Fields and Al Dubin
1981
35th Tony Awards
42nd Street Michael Stewart and
Mark Bramble
Harry Warren Al Dubin
Sophisticated Ladies Donald McKayle Duke Ellington Various
Tintypes Mel Marvin and 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 Tom Eyen
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Tim Rice Andrew Lloyd Webber Tim Rice
Pump Boys and Dinettes John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann
1983
37th Tony Awards
Cats T. S. Eliot Andrew Lloyd Webber T. S. Eliot and Trevor Nunn
Blues in the Night N/A Various
Merlin Richard Levinson and William Link Elmer Bernstein Don Black
My One and Only Peter Stone and Timothy S. Mayer 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 Molly Newman and
Barbara Damashek
Barbara 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 Claude-Michel Schönberg and
Alain Boublil
Claude-Michel Schönberg Herbert Kretzmer
Me and My Girl L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber Noel Gay L. Arthur Rose and
Douglas Furber
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 and
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber Charles Hart
Into the Woods James Lapine Stephen Sondheim
Romance/Romance Barry Harman Keith Herrmann Barry Harman
Sarafina! Mbongeni Ngema
1989
43rd Tony Awards
Jerome Robbins' Broadway N/A Various
Black and Blue N/A Various
Starmites Stuart Ross and Barry Keating Barry 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 and Charles Hart
Grand Hotel Luther Davis George Forrest and Robert Wright
Meet Me in St. Louis Hugh Wheeler Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin
1991
45th Tony Awards
The Will Rogers Follies Peter Stone Cy Coleman Betty Comden and
Adolph Green
Miss Saigon Alain Boublil and
Claude-Michel Schönberg
Claude-Michel Schönberg Alain Boublil and
Richard Maltby, Jr.
Once on This Island Lynn Ahrens Stephen Flaherty Lynn Ahrens
The Secret Garden Marsha Norman Lucy Simon Marsha Norman
1992
46th Tony Awards
Crazy for You Ken Ludwig George Gershwin Ira Gershwin
Falsettos William Finn and James Lapine William 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 Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff Pete 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 and Tim Rice
Cyrano: The Musical Koen van Dijk Ad van Dijk Koen van Dijk
1995
49th Tony Awards
Sunset Boulevard Christopher Hampton and
Don Black
Andrew Lloyd Webber Don Black
Smokey Joe's Cafe N/A Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
1996
50th Tony Awards
Rent Jonathan Larson
Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk Reg E. Gaines Daryl Waters, Zane Mark and
Ann Duquesnay
Reg E. Gaines, George C. Wolfe and Ann Duquesnay
Chronicle of a Death Foretold Graciela Daniele and Jim Lewis Bob Telson Graciela Daniele and Jim Lewis
Swinging on a Star Michael Leeds Various Johnny Burke
1997
51st Tony Awards
Titanic Peter Stone Maury Yeston
Juan Darien Elliot Goldenthal and Julie Taymor Elliot Goldenthal
Steel Pier David Thompson John Kander Fred Ebb
The Life Cy Coleman, David Newman and Ira Gasman Cy Coleman Ira Gasman
1998
52nd Tony Awards
The Lion King Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi Elton John Tim Rice
Side Show Bill Russell Henry Krieger Bill Russell
The Scarlet Pimpernel Nan Knighton Frank Wildhorn Nan Knighton
Ragtime Terrence McNally Stephen Flaherty Lynn Ahrens
1999
53rd Tony Awards
Fosse N/A Various
The Civil War Gregory Boyd and Frank Wildhorn Frank Wildhorn Jack Murphy
It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor and
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 Richard Nelson and
Shaun Davey
Swing! Paul Kelley Various
The Wild Party Michael John LaChiusa and
George C. Wolfe
Michael John LaChiusa
2001
55th Tony Awards
The Producers Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Mel Brooks
A Class Act Linda Kline and Lonny Price Edward Kleban
The Full Monty Terrence McNally David Yazbek
Jane Eyre John Caird Paul Gordon John Caird and Paul Gordon
2002
56th Tony Awards
Thoroughly Modern Millie Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan Jeanine Tesori Dick Scanlan
Mamma Mia! Catherine Johnson Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Sweet Smell of Success John Guare Marvin Hamlisch Craig Carnelia
Urinetown Greg Kotis Mark Hollman Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman
2003
57th Tony Awards
Hairspray Mark O'Donnell and
Thomas Meehan
Marc Shaiman Scott Wittman and
Marc Shaiman
Amour Didier Van Cauwelaert and
Jeremy Sams
Michel Legrand Didier Van Cauwelaert and
Jeremy Sams
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 and 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
Monty Python's Spamalot Eric Idle John Du Prez and Eric Idle Eric 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 and
Rick Elice
Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe
The Color Purple Marsha Norman Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
The Drowsy Chaperone Bob Martin and Don McKellar Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
The Wedding Singer Tim Herlihy and Chad Beguelin 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 Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman, George Stiles and
Anthony Drewe
2008
62nd Tony Awards
In the Heights Quiara Alegría Hudes Lin-Manuel Miranda
Cry-Baby Mark O'Donnell and
Thomas Meehan
Adam Schlesinger David Javerbaum
Passing Strange Stew Stew and Heidi Rodewald Stew
Xanadu Douglas Carter Beane Jeff Lynne and John Farrar
2009
63rd Tony Awards
Billy Elliot the Musical Lee Hall Elton John Lee Hall
Next to Normal Brian Yorkey Tom Kitt Brian Yorkey
Rock of Ages Chris D'Arienzo Various
Shrek The Musical David Lindsay-Abaire Jeanine Tesori David Lindsay-Abaire

2010s[edit]

Year Musical Book Music Lyrics
2010
64th Tony Awards
Memphis Joe DiPietro David Bryan David Bryan and Joe DiPietro
American Idiot Michael Mayer and
Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day Billie Joe Armstrong
Fela! Bill T. Jones and Jim Lewis Fela Kuti
Million Dollar Quartet Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux Various
2011
65th Tony Awards
The Book of Mormon Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone
Catch Me If You Can Terrence McNally Marc Shaiman Marc Shaiman and
Scott Wittman
The Scottsboro Boys David Thompson John Kander Fred Ebb
Sister Act Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and
Douglas Carter Beane
Alan Menken Glenn Slater
2012
66th Tony Awards
Once Enda Walsh Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Leap of Faith Janus Cercone and Glenn Slater Alan Menken Glenn Slater
Newsies Harvey Fierstein Alan 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 Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tom Kitt Amanda Green and
Lin-Manuel Miranda
A Christmas Story: The Musical Joseph Robinette Benj Pasek and Justin 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 Robert L. Freedman and
Steven Lutvak
After Midnight Jack Viertel Various
Aladdin Chad Beguelin Alan Menken Chad Beguelin, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Douglas McGrath Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
2015
69th Tony Awards
Fun Home Lisa Kron Jeanine Tesori Lisa Kron
An American in Paris Craig Lucas George Gershwin Ira Gershwin
Something Rotten! Karey Kirkpatrick and
John O'Farrell
Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick
The Visit Terrence McNally John Kander Fred Ebb
2016
70th Tony Awards
Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda
Bright Star Steve Martin Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Edie Brickell
School of Rock Julian Fellowes Andrew Lloyd Webber Glenn Slater
Shuffle Along George C. Wolfe Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle
Waitress Jessie Nelson Sara Bareilles

Records[edit]

Accumulated records as of 2016:[1]

  • Hamilton holds the record as the most-nominated production in Tony history, with 16 nominations. The Producers is the most-winning show, triumphing in 12 categories including Best Musical.
  • The Sound of Music and Fiorello! are the only two musicals to date to have ever tied for the Best Musical award (in 1960).
  • Passion is the shortest-running winner, with 280 performances.
  • The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running Best Musical winner still open, with 11,854 performances as of July 24, 2016.[2]
  • Hallelujah, Baby! is the only show thus far to have won the Tony Award for Best Musical after closing.
  • Fun Home is the first musical written entirely by women to win the Tony Award as Best Musical.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Facts About the Tony Awards". Tony Legacy. The American Theatre Wing. 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  2. ^ "The Phantom of the Opera". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 

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