Musical Lists

The 11 Iconic Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musicals

While many plays have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize throughout history, only a few musicals have earned this title. To date, only 11 musicals have received the coveted prize. Here’s a full list of Pulitzer Prize-winning musicals, sorted from most recent to oldest.

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Musicals

A Strange Loop

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael R. Jackson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

Pulitzer Prize Year: 2020


Music/Lyrics/Book: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Pulitzer Prize Year: 2016

Next to Normal

Music: Tom Kitt  Lyrics/Book: Brian Yorkey

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

Pulitzer Prize Year: 2010


Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Musical Type: Golden Age (1943)

Pulitzer Prize Year: 1944


Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1996)

Pulitzer Prize Year: 1996

Sunday in the Park with George

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

Pulitzer Prize Year: 1985

A Chorus Line

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: Edward Kleban  Book: James Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

Pulitzer Prize Year: 1976

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser  Book: Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert

Musical Type: Post-Golden Age (1961)

Pulitzer Prize Year: 1962


Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Jerome Weidman, George Abbott

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Pulitzer Prize Year: 1960

South Pacific

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Joshua Logan

Musical Type: Golden Age (1949)

Pulitzer Prize Year: 1950

Of Thee I Sing

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind

Musical Type: Jazz Age (1931)

Pulitzer Prize Year: 1932

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Which of these Pulitzer Prize winning musicals is your favorite?

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Stacy Karyn, Author of 11 Iconic Pulitzer Prize Winning Musicals.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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