Tony Award for Best Scenic Design

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Tony Award for
Best Scenic Design
Awarded forBest Scenic Design
LocationUnited States New York City
Presented byAmerican Theatre Wing The Broadway League
Currently held byEugene Lee for Wicked (2004)

This is a list of winners and nominations for the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for outstanding set design of a play or musical. The award was first presented in 1947. In 1960, 1961, and since 2005, the category was divided into Scenic Design in a Play and Scenic Design in a Musical with each genre receiving its own award.

Winners and nominees[edit]

  indicates the winner


Year Designer Production
1st Tony Awards
David Folkes Henry VIII
2nd Tony Awards
Horace Armistead The Medium
3rd Tony Awards
Jo Mielziner Anne of the Thousand Days, Death of a Salesman, Sleepy Hollow, South Pacific and Summer and Smoke


Year Designer Production
4th Tony Awards
Jo Mielziner The Innocents
5th Tony Awards
Boris Aronson The Country Girl, The Rose Tattoo and Season in the Sun
6th Tony Awards
Jo Mielziner The King and I
7th Tony Awards
Raoul Penè Du Bois Wonderful Town
8th Tony Awards
Peter Larkin Ondine and The Teahouse of the August Moon
9th Tony Awards
Oliver Messel House of Flowers
10th Tony Awards
Peter Larkin Inherit the Wind and No Time for Sergeants
Boris Aronson The Diary of Anne Frank, Bus Stop, Once Upon a Tailor and A View from the Bridge
Ben Edwards The Ponder Heart, Someone Waiting and The Honeys
Jo Mielziner Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Lark, Middle of the Night and Pipe Dream
Raymond Sovey The Great Sebastians
11th Tony Awards
Oliver Smith My Fair Lady
Boris Aronson A Hole in the Head and Small War on Murray Hill
Ben Edwards The Waltz of the Toreadors
George Jenkins The Happiest Millionaire and Too Late the Phalarope
Donald Oenslager Major Barbara
Oliver Smith A Clearing in the Woods, Candide, Auntie Mame, Eugenia and Visit to a Small Planet
12th Tony Awards
Oliver Smith West Side Story
Boris Aronson Orpheus Descending, A Hole in the Head and The Rope Dancers
Ben Edwards The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
Peter Larkin Blue Denim, Compulsion, Good as Gold and Miss Isobel
Jo Mielziner Look Homeward, Angel, Miss Lonelyhearts, The Square Root of Wonderful,
Oh, Captain! and The Day the Money Stopped
Oliver Smith Brigadoon, Carousel, Jamaica, Nude with Violin and Time Remembered
13th Tony Awards
Donald Oenslager A Majority of One
Boris Aronson J.B.
David R. Ballou The Legend of Lizzie
Ben Edwards Jane Eyre
Oliver Messel Rashomon
Teo Otto The Visit


Year Designer Production
1960 – 1961
16th Tony Awards
Will Steven Armstrong Carnival!
David Hays No Strings
Oliver Smith The Gay Life
Rouben Ter-Arutunian A Passage to India
17th Tony Awards
Sean Kenny Oliver!
Will Steven Armstrong Tchin-Tchin
Anthony Powell The School for Scandal
Franco Zeffirelli The Lady of the Camellias
18th Tony Awards
Oliver Smith Hello, Dolly!
Raoul Penè Du Bois The Student Gypsy
Ben Edwards The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
David Hays Marco Millions
19th Tony Awards
Oliver Smith Baker Street, Luv and The Odd Couple
Boris Aronson Fiddler on the Roof and Incident at Vichy
Sean Kenny The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd
Beni Montresor Do I Hear a Waltz?
20th Tony Awards
Howard Bay Man of La Mancha
William and Jean Eckart Mame
David Hays Drat! The Cat!
Robert Randolph Anya, Skyscraper and Sweet Charity
21st Tony Awards
Boris Aronson Cabaret
John Bury The Homecoming
Oliver Smith I Do! I Do!
Alan Tagg Black Comedy
22nd Tony Awards
Desmond Heeley Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Boris Aronson The Price
Robert Randolph Golden Rainbow
Peter Wexler The Happy Time
23rd Tony Awards
Boris Aronson Zorba
Derek Cousins Canterbury Tales
Jo Mielziner 1776
Oliver Smith Dear World


Year Designer Production
24th Tony Awards
Jo Mielziner Child's Play
Howard Bay Cry for Us All
Ming Cho Lee Billy
Robert Randolph Applause
25th Tony Awards
Boris Aronson Company
John Bury The Rothschilds
Sally Jacobs A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jo Mielziner Father's Day
26th Tony Awards
Boris Aronson Follies
John Bury Old Times
Kert Lundell Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
Robin Wagner Jesus Christ Superstar
27th Tony Awards
Tony Walton Pippin
Boris Aronson A Little Night Music
David Jenkins The Changing Room
Santo Loquasto That Championship Season
28th Tony Awards
Eugene Lee and Franne Lee Candide
John Conklin The Au Pair Man
Santo Loquasto What the Wine-Sellers Buy
Oliver Smith Gigi
Ed Wittstein Ulysses in Nighttown
29th Tony Awards
Carl Toms Sherlock Holmes
Scott Johnson Dance With Me
Tanya Moiseiwitsch The Misanthrope
William Ritman God's Favorite
Rouben Ter-Arutunian Goodtime Charley
Robin Wagner Mack and Mabel
30th Tony Awards
Boris Aronson Pacific Overtures
Ben Edwards A Matter of Gravity
David Mitchell Trelawny of the 'Wells'
Tony Walton Chicago
31st Tony Awards
David Mitchell Annie
Santo Loquasto American Buffalo and The Cherry Orchard
Robert Randolph Porgy and Bess
32nd Tony Awards
Robin Wagner On the Twentieth Century
Zack Brown The Importance of Being Earnest
Edward Gorey Dracula
David Mitchell Working
33rd Tony Awards
Eugene Lee Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Karl Eigsti Knockout
David Jenkins The Elephant Man
John Wulp The Crucifer of Blood


Year Designer Production
34th Tony Awards
John Lee Beatty Talley's Folly
David Mitchell Barnum
Tazeena Firth and Timothy O'Brien Evita
Tony Walton A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine
35th Tony Awards
John Bury Amadeus
John Lee Beatty Fifth of July
Santo Loquasto The Suicide
David Mitchell Can-Can
36th Tony Awards
Dermot Hayes and John Napier The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Ben Edwards Medea
Lawrence Miller Nine
Robin Wagner Dreamgirls
37th Tony Awards
Ming Cho Lee K2
John Gunter All's Well That Ends Well
David Mitchell Foxfire
John Napier Cats
38th Tony Awards
Tony Straiges Sunday in the Park with George
Clarke Dunham End of the World
Peter Larkin The Rink
Tony Walton The Real Thing
39th Tony Awards
Heidi Landesman Big River
Clarke Dunham Grind
Ralph Koltai Much Ado About Nothing
Voytek and Michael Levine Strange Interlude
40th Tony Awards
Tony Walton The House of Blue Leaves
Ben Edwards The Iceman Cometh
David Mitchell The Boys in Winter
Beni Montresor The Marriage of Figaro
41st Tony Awards
John Napier Les Misérables
Bob Crowley Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Martin Johns Me and My Girl
Tony Walton The Front Page
42nd Tony Awards
Maria Björnson The Phantom of the Opera
Eiko Ishioka M. Butterfly
Tony Straiges Into the Woods
Tony Walton Anything Goes
43rd Tony Awards
Santo Loquasto Cafe Crown
Thomas Lynch The Heidi Chronicles
Héctor Orezzoli and Claudio Segovia Black and Blue
Tony Walton Lend Me a Tenor


Year Designer Production
44th Tony Awards
Robin Wagner City of Angels
Alexandra Byrne Some Americans Abroad
Kevin Rigdon The Grapes of Wrath
Tony Walton Grand Hotel
45th Tony Awards
Heidi Landesman The Secret Garden
Richard Hudson La Bête
John Napier Miss Saigon
Tony Walton The Will Rogers Follies
46th Tony Awards
Tony Walton Guys and Dolls
John Lee Beatty A Small Family Business
Joe Vaněk Dancing at Lughnasa
Robert Wagner Jelly's Last Jam
47th Tony Awards
John Arnone The Who's Tommy
John Lee Beatty Redwood Curtain
Jerome Sirlin Kiss of the Spiderwoman
Robin Wagner Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
48th Tony Awards
Bob Crowley Carousel
Peter J. Davidson Medea
Ian MacNeil An Inspector Calls
Tony Walton She Loves Me
49th Tony Awards
John Napier Sunset Boulevard
John Lee Beatty The Heiress
Stephen Brimson Lewis Indiscretions
Mark Thompson Arcadia
50th Tony Awards
Brian Thomson The King and I
John Lee Beatty A Delicate Balance
Scott Bradley Seven Guitars
Anthony Ward A Midsummer Night's Dream
51st Tony Awards
Stewart Laing Titanic
John Lee Beatty The Little Foxes
G.W. Mercier and Julie Taymor Juan Darién
Tony Walton Steel Pier
52nd Tony Awards
Richard Hudson The Lion King
Bob Crowley The Capeman
Eugene Lee Ragtime
Quay Brothers The Chairs
53rd Tony Awards
Richard Hoover Not About Nightingales
Bob Crowley The Iceman Cometh
Twelfth Night
Ricardo Hernández Parade


Year Designer Production
54th Tony Awards
Bob Crowley Aida
Thomas Lynch The Music Man
Robin Wagner Kiss Me, Kate
Tony Walton Uncle Vanya
55th Tony Awards
Robin Wagner The Producers
Bob Crowley The Invention of Love
Heidi Ettinger The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Douglas W. Schmidt 42nd Street
56th Tony Awards
Tim Hatley Private Lives
John Lee Beatty Morning's at Seven
Daniel Ostling Metamorphoses
Douglas W. Schmidt Into the Woods
57th Tony Awards
Catherine Martin La bohème
John Lee Beatty Dinner at Eight
Santo Loquasto Long Day's Journey into Night
David Rockwell Hairspray
58th Tony Awards
Eugene Lee Wicked
Robert Brill Assassins
Ralph Funicello Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2
Tom Pye Fiddler on the Roof

Award Records[edit]

These include wins for the Best Scenic Design in a Play and Best Scenic Design in a Musical.

Multiple wins[edit]

7 Wins
6 Wins
4 Wins
3 Wins
2 Wins

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