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The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals

List Rules
Best musicals to have won a Tony Award for Best Musical, not just any award.

This list ranks the greatest musicals that have won the Tony Award for Best Musical, though many of these Broadway musicals have garnered multiple additional Tony Awards in other categories as well. Broadway musicals that’ve been honored with the Best Musical award include many that are instantly recognizable by fans around the world, including My Fair Lady and Annie. Thanks to their accolades and their recognizability, each musical on this list deserves a spot as one the best Tony Award winning musicals.

The Tony Awards were introduced in 1947, but it wasn’t until 1949 that the Best Musical category was introduced. That year, the show many people consider to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time took the award: Kiss Me, Kate, based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and with music by Cole Porter. Since then, many amazing Broadway musicals have been handed the award, including Kinky Boots, which debuted on Broadway in 2013.

With so many great Broadway musicals, however, it isn’t always easy to choose the winner of the Tony each year. That was certainly the case in 1960, when The Sound of Music and Fiorello! tied for the top spot. Both Tony Award winning productions were so popular that they’ve subsequently been staged on Broadway multiple times, earning them each a spot on this list of the best Broadway musicals that have won the Tony.

This list contains all of the greatest winners of the Tony for Best Musical. If you’ve yet to see a few of these productions, don’t worry, they’re so popular that they’re sure to make it back to Broadway, and this list includes videos from these top Broadway musicals. Vote up the best Broadway musicals on the list below.

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  • Hamilton
    1
  • Les Misérables
    2
    Claude-Michel Schönberg, Jean-Marc Natel, Herbert Kretzmer
    • Characters: Jean Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Éponine, Monsieur Thénardier
  • Wicked
    3
    Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman
    • Characters: Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch, Boq, Doctor Dillamond
  • The Phantom of the Opera
    4
    Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber
    • Characters: Erik, Christine Daaé, Carlotta, Viscount Raoul de Chagny, Madame Giry
  • Rent
    6
    Jonathan Larson
    • Characters: Mimi Marquez, Angel Dumott Schunard, Joanne Jefferson, Maureen Johnson, Tom Collins
  • Cabaret
    7
    Fred Ebb, John Kander, Joe Masteroff
    • Characters: Fräulein Schneider, Sally Bowles, Fraulein Kost, Emcee, Clifford Bradshaw
  • Chicago
    8
    Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb, John Kander
    • Characters: Velma Kelly, Billy Flynn, Roxie Hart, Amos Hart, Matron "Mama" Morton
  • The Lion King
    9
    Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin
    • Characters: Scar, Simba, Mufasa, Pumbaa, Nala
  • The Sound of Music
    10
    Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay
    • Characters: Fraulein Maria, Louisa von Trapp, Marta von Trapp, Gretl von Trapp, Kurt von Trapp
  • Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    11
    • Characters: Sweeney Todd, Judge Turpin, Adolfo Pirelli, Mrs. Lovett, Tobias Ragg
  • The Book of Mormon
    12
    Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
    • Characters: Arnold Cunningham, Kevin Price, Nabulungi, General Butt-Fucking Naked, Elder McKinley
  • Fiddler on the Roof
    13
    Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Joseph Stein
    • Characters: Tevye, Chava, Lazar Wolf, Tzeitel, Golde
  • In the Heights
    14
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes
    • Characters: Claudia, Graffiti Pete, Camila Rosario, Benny, Kevin Rosario
  • 15

    Hadestown

  • A Chorus Line
    16
    Edward Kleban, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch
    • Characters: Zach, Sheila Bryant, Greg Gardner, Mike Costa, Don Kerr
  • Newsies
    17
    Alan Menken , Jack Feldman, Harvey Fierstein
    • Hairspray
      18
      Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan
      • Characters: Velma Von Tussle, Edna Turnblad, Little Inez, Seaweed J Stupps, Motormouth Maybelle
    • My Fair Lady
      19
      Frederic Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
      • Characters: Eliza Doolittle, Professor Henry Higgins, Alfred Doolittle, Mrs Higgins, Mrs. Pearce
    • Evita
      20
      Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice
      • Characters: Che Guevara, Eva Perón, Juan Perón, Perón's Mistress, Agustín Magaldi
    • Avenue Q
      21
      Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez
      • Characters: Trekkie Monster, Princeton, Mrs.Thistletwat, Christmas Eve, Nicky
    • Miss Saigon
      22
      Richard Maltby, Jr., Claude-Michel Schönberg
      • Characters: Christopher Scott, Kim, John Thomas, Tam, Gigi Van Tranh
    • The King and I
      23
      Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
      • Characters: King Mongkut, Anna Leonowens, Louis Leonowens, Tuptim, The Kralahome
    • South Pacific
      24
      Richard Rodgers, Joshua Logan, Oscar Hammerstein II
      • Characters: Emile De Becque, Liat, Luther Billis, Bloody Mary, Capt. Brackett
    • The Producers
      25
      Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan
      • Characters: Carmen Ghia, Roger De Bris, Leo Bloom, Franz Liebkind, Max Bialystock