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Broadway The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals  

Buster McDermott
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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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Claude-Michel Schönberg, Jean-Marc Natel, Herbert Kretzmer

2
130 54
Wicked is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
TanyaLee added Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman

3
134 48
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Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber

4
106 47
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Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin

5
90 40
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
robbg1 added Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

6
81 36
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Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez

7
92 41
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Jonathan Larson

8
79 37
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Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay

9
76 35
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Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

10
73 34
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Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim

11
72 41
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Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Joseph Stein

12
67 32
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Frederic Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner

13
64 33
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Fred Ebb, John Kander, Joe Masteroff

14
37 16
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Alan Menken , Linda Woolverton , Howard Ashman

15
41 20
Newsies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Alan Menken , Jack Feldman , Harvey Fierstein

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58 35
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Edward Kleban, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch

17
54 33
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Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice

18
43 32
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Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez

19
46 32
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Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II

20
48 31
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes

21
55 40
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Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse

22
65 53
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Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn

23
45 34
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Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

24
31 19
Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg

25
42 30
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Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik

26
41 31
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Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows, Frank Loesser

27
43 26
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Richard Rodgers, Joshua Logan, Oscar Hammerstein II

28
24 9
Heathers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Jeph Byron Hodreal added Heathers

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37 32
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Elton John, Lee Hall

30
39 28
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Franklin Lacey, Meredith Willson

31
19 14
Anything Goes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Guy Bolton , P. G. Wodehouse , Russel Crouse

32
25 22
Legally Blonde: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Heather Hach , Laurence O'Keefe , Nell Benjamin

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36 34
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Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Bob Crewe

34
22 20
Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

35
33 26
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Charlie Smalls, William F. Brown

36
14 6
Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Jeph Byron Hodreal added Tom Eyen , Henry Krieger

37
33 34
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Neil Innes, John Du Prez, Eric Idle

38
13 12
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Cindy Lauper, Harvey Fierstein

39
19 19
Pippin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Tom Islava added Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson

40
25 26
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Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, Stephen Sondheim

41
29 24
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Jeanine Tesori, Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan

42
27 24
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Jerry Herman, Michael Stewart

43
34 31
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Charles Strouse, Michael Stewart, Lee Adams

44
28 27
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Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert, Abe Burrows

45
25 24
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Sam Spewack, Cole Porter, Bella Spewack

46
28 28
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Kinky Boots Cindy Lauper, Harvey Fierstein

47
22 25
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Christopher Hampton, Don Black, Andrew Lloyd Webber

48
15 23
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
18markj added Stephen Trask , John Cameron Mitchell

49
21 25
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Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion, Dale Wasserman

50
10 11
The Addams Family is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Jeph Byron Hodreal added The Addams Family