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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

81 33
Wicked is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
TanyaLee added Wicked Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman

71 24
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The Lion King Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin

88 29
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The Phantom of the Opera Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber

64 21
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
robbg1 added Chicago Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

53 18
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The Sound of Music Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay

59 25
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Rent Jonathan Larson

54 25
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Fiddler on the Roof Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Joseph Stein

52 21
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Hairspray Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

46 22
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The Book of Mormon Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez

50 18
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My Fair Lady Frederic Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner

46 20
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Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim

50 22
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Cabaret Fred Ebb, John Kander, Joe Masteroff

42 21
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A Chorus Line Edward Kleban, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch

The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked

44 21
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Annie Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse

35 19
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The King and I Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II

39 23
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Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice

47 31
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Cats Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn

31 22
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The Producers Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

30 20
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Guys and Dolls Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows, Frank Loesser

31 17
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The Music Man Franklin Lacey, Meredith Willson

The Greatest Living Opera Singers

32 17
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South Pacific Richard Rodgers, Joshua Logan, Oscar Hammerstein II

20 12
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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, Stephen Sondheim

28 20
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Jersey Boys Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Bob Crewe

28 16
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Bye Bye Birdie Charles Strouse, Michael Stewart, Lee Adams

26 21
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Spamalot Neil Innes, John Du Prez, Eric Idle

11 6
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken , Linda Woolverton , Howard Ashman

24 22
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Billy Elliot the Musical Elton John, Lee Hall

The Most Popular Broadway Musicals Ever

21 20
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In the Heights Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes

8 6
Pippin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Tom Islava added Pippin Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson

23 18
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The Wiz Charlie Smalls, William F. Brown

20 20
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Spring Awakening Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik

9 8
Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Miss Saigon Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg

20 25
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Avenue Q Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez

22 18
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert, Abe Burrows

The Best Musicals Based on Movies

21 18
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Damn Yankees George Abbott, Jerry Ross, Richard Adler

18 15
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Hello, Dolly! Jerry Herman, Michael Stewart

18 14
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Kiss Me, Kate Sam Spewack, Cole Porter, Bella Spewack

15 12
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A Little Night Music Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim

7 8
Newsies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Newsies Alan Menken , Jack Feldman , Harvey Fierstein

7 8
Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

18 15
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Thoroughly Modern Millie Jeanine Tesori, Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan

The Very Best Sung-Through Musicals

18 16
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Man of La Mancha Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion, Dale Wasserman

0 1
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Kinky Boots Cindy Lauper, Harvey Fierstein

3 5
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Tom Islava added Barnum Mark Bramble , Cy Coleman , Michael Stewart

19 18
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Kinky Boots Cindy Lauper, Harvey Fierstein

5 8
Legally Blonde: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Legally Blonde: The Musical Heather Hach , Laurence O'Keefe , Nell Benjamin

9 13
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
18markj added Hedwig and the Angry Inch Stephen Trask , John Cameron Mitchell

21 22
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Titanic Peter Stone, Maury Yeston

1 0
Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Jeph Byron Hodreal added Dreamgirls Tom Eyen , Henry Krieger