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The Full List of Tony Award Winning Musicals

Get ready to dive into the world of Tony Award-winning musicals! This blog post celebrates the outstanding achievements of the productions that have left a lasting impact on Broadway. From beloved classics to groundbreaking contemporary works, here’s a list of every show that has earned the prestigious title of Best Musical.

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Tony Award Winning Musicals

The Outsiders

Music/Lyrics/Book: Justin Levine  Music/Lyrics: Jonathan Clay, Zach Chance  Book: Adam Rapp

Tony Award Year: 2024

Kimberly Akimbo

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: David Lindsay-Abaire

Tony Award Year: 2023

A Strange Loop

Music/Lyrics/Book: Michael R. Jackson

Tony Award Year: 2022

Moulin Rouge!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: John Logan

Tony Award Year: 2020


Music/Lyrics/Book: Anaïs Mitchell

Tony Award Year: 2019

The Band’s Visit

Music/Lyrics: David Yazbek  Book: Itamar Moses

Tony Award Year: 2018

Dear Evan Hansen

Music/Lyrics: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul  Book: Steven Levenson

Tony Award Year: 2017


Music/Lyrics/Book: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Tony Award Year: 2016

Fun Home

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Lisa Kron

Tony Award Year: 2015

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Music/Lyrics: Steven Lutvak  Lyrics/Book: Robert L. Freedman

Tony Award Year: 2014

Kinky Boots

Music/Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Tony Award Year: 2013


Music/Lyrics: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová  Book: Enda Walsh

Tony Award Year: 2012

The Book of Mormon

Music/Lyrics/Book: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone

Tony Award Year: 2011


Music/Lyrics: David Bryan  Lyrics/Book: Joe DiPietro

Tony Award Year: 2010

Billy Elliot

Music: Elton John  Lyrics/Book: Lee Hall

Tony Award Year: 2009

In the Heights

Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda  Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes

Tony Award Year: 2008

Spring Awakening

Music: Duncan Sheik  Lyrics/Book: Steven Sater

Tony Award Year: 2007

Jersey Boys

Music: Bob Gaudio  Lyrics: Bob Crewe  Book: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice

Tony Award Year: 2006


Music: John Du Prez  Music/Lyrics/Book: Eric Idle

Tony Award Year: 2005

Avenue Q

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx  Book: Jeff Whitty

Tony Award Year: 2004


Music/Lyrics: Marc Shaiman  Lyrics: Scott Wittman  Book: Mark O’Donnell, Thomas Meehan

Tony Award Year: 2003

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Music:  Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Dick Scanlan  Book: Richard Morris

Tony Award Year: 2002

The Producers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Mel Brooks  Book: Thomas Meehan

Tony Award Year: 2001


Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: John Weidman

Tony Award Year: 2000


Music/Lyrics: Various  Concept: Chet Walker, Ann Reinking, Richard Matlby, Jr.

Tony Award Year: 1999

The Lion King

Music: Elton John  Lyrics: Tim Rice  Book: Rodger Allers, Irene Mecchi

Tony Award Year: 1998


Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Peter Stone

Tony Award Year: 1997


Music/Lyrics/Book: Jonathan Larson

Tony Award Year: 1996

Sunset Boulevard

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Don Black, Christopher Hampton

Tony Award Year: 1995


Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Lapine

Tony Award Year: 1994

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: Terrence McNally

Tony Award Year: 1993

Crazy for You

Music: George Gershwin  Lyrics: Ira Gershwin  Book: Ken Ludwig

Tony Award Year: 1992

The Will Rogers Follies

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Peter Stone

Tony Award Year: 1991

City of Angels

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: David Zippel  Book: Larry Gelbart

Tony Award Year: 1990

Jerome Robbins’ Broadway

Music/Lyrics: Various

Tony Award Year: 1989

The Phantom of the Opera

Music/Book: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Charles Hart  Lyrics/Book: Richard Stilgoe

Tony Award Year: 1988

Les Misérables

Music/Lyrics: Claude-Michel Schönberg  Lyrics: Alan Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer, Jean-Marc Natel

Tony Award Year: 1987

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Music/Lyrics/Book: Rupert Holmes

Tony Award Year: 1986

Big River

Music/Lyrics: Roger Miller  Book: William Hauptman

Tony Award Year: 1985

La Cage aux Folles

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Harvey Fierstein

Tony Award Year: 1984


Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn, Richard Stilgoe

Tony Award Year: 1983


Music/Lyrics: Maury Yeston  Book: Arthur Kopit

Tony Award Year: 1982

42nd Street

Music: Harry Warren  Lyrics: Al Dubin, Johnny Mercer  Book: Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble

Tony Award Year: 1981


Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Tony Award Year: 1980

Sweeney Todd

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Hugh Wheeler

Tony Award Year: 1979

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Music: Thomas “Fats” Waller  Lyrics: Various  ConceptMurray Horwitz, Richard Maltby, Jr.

Tony Award Year: 1978


Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Martin Charnin  Book: Thomas Meehan

Tony Award Year: 1977

A Chorus Line

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

Tony Award Year: 1976

The Wiz

Music/Lyrics: Charlie Smalls  Book: William F. Brown

Tony Award Year: 1975


Music: Judd Woldin  Lyrics: Robert Brittan  Book: Robert Nemiroff, Charlotte Zaltzberg

Tony Award Year: 1974

A Little Night Music

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Hugh Wheeler

Tony Award Year: 1973

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: John Guare  Book: Mel Shapiro

Tony Award Year: 1972


Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: George Furth

Tony Award Year: 1971


Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Tony Award Year: 1970


Music/Lyrics: Sherman Edwards  Book: Peter Stone

Tony Award Year: 1969

Hallelujah, Baby!

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Adolph Green, Betty Comden  Book: Arthur Laurents

Tony Award Year: 1968


Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: Joe Masteroff

Tony Award Year: 1967

Man of La Mancha

Music: Mitch Leigh  Lyrics: Joe Darion  Book: Dale Wasserman

Tony Award Year: 1966

Fiddler on the Roof

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Joseph Stein

Tony Award Year: 1965

Hello, Dolly!

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart

Tony Award Year: 1964

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart

Tony Award Year: 1963

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

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

Tony Award Year: 1962

Bye Bye Birdie

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Michael Stewart

Tony Award Year: 1961


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

Tony Award Year: 1960

The Sound of Music

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II  Book: Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse

Tony Award Year: 1960


Music: Albert Hague  Lyrics/Book: Dorothy Fields  Book: Herbert Fields, Sidney Sheldon, David Shaw

Tony Award Year: 1959

The Music Man

Music/Lyrics/Book: Meredith Willson

Tony Award Year: 1958

My Fair Lady

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Tony Award Year: 1957

Damn Yankees

Music/Lyrics: Richard Adler, Jerry Ross  Book: George Abbott, Douglass Wallop

Tony Award Year: 1956

The Pajama Game

Music/Lyrics: Richard Adler, Jerry Ross  Book: George Abbott, Richard Bissell

Tony Award Year: 1955


Music: Alexander Borodin  Lyrics: Robert Wright, George Forrest  Book: Charles Lederer, Luther Davis

Tony Award Year: 1954

Wonderful Town

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics: Betty Comden, Adolph Green  Book: Joseph Fields, Jerome Chodorov

Tony Award Year: 1953

The King and I

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics/Book: Oscar Hammerstein II

Tony Award Year: 1952

Guys and Dolls

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser  Book: Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows

Tony Award Year: 1951

South Pacific

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

Tony Award Year: 1950

Kiss Me, Kate

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter  Book: Bella Spewack, Samuel Spewack

Tony Award Year: 1949

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Stacy Karyn, Author of Tony Award 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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