Broadway The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals  

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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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Les Misérables Claude-Michel Schönberg, Jean-Marc Natel, Herbert Kretzmer

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Wicked is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
TanyaLee added Wicked Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman

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The Phantom of the Opera Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber

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The Lion King Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
robbg1 added Chicago Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

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The Book of Mormon Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez

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Rent Jonathan Larson

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Fiddler on the Roof Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Joseph Stein

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The Sound of Music Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay

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Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim

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My Fair Lady Frederic Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner

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Hairspray Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

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Cabaret Fred Ebb, John Kander, Joe Masteroff

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A Chorus Line Edward Kleban, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch

The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken , Linda Woolverton , Howard Ashman

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Newsies is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Newsies Alan Menken , Jack Feldman , Harvey Fierstein

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Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice

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Cats Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn

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Annie Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse

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The King and I Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II

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The Producers Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

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Avenue Q Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez

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The Music Man Franklin Lacey, Meredith Willson

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Guys and Dolls Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows, Frank Loesser

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Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Miss Saigon Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg

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Billy Elliot the Musical Elton John, Lee Hall

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In the Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes

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Spring Awakening Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik

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South Pacific Richard Rodgers, Joshua Logan, Oscar Hammerstein II

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The Wiz Charlie Smalls, William F. Brown

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Jersey Boys Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Bob Crewe

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Legally Blonde: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Legally Blonde: The Musical Heather Hach , Laurence O'Keefe , Nell Benjamin

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Spamalot Neil Innes, John Du Prez, Eric Idle

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Pippin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Tom Islava added Pippin Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson

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Heathers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
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Thoroughly Modern Millie Jeanine Tesori, Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, Stephen Sondheim

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Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

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Bye Bye Birdie Charles Strouse, Michael Stewart, Lee Adams

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Anything Goes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Anything Goes Guy Bolton , P. G. Wodehouse , Russel Crouse

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Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Jeph Byron Hodreal added Dreamgirls Tom Eyen , Henry Krieger

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Kinky Boots Cindy Lauper, Harvey Fierstein

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert, Abe Burrows

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Hello, Dolly! Jerry Herman, Michael Stewart

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The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Jeph Byron Hodreal added The Addams Family

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Kiss Me, Kate Sam Spewack, Cole Porter, Bella Spewack

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
18markj added Hedwig and the Angry Inch Stephen Trask , John Cameron Mitchell

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Kinky Boots Cindy Lauper, Harvey Fierstein

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Man of La Mancha Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion, Dale Wasserman

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A Little Night Music Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim