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The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals

Updated November 21, 2020 8.4k votes 902 voters 24.9k views

List RulesBest 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.

  • Les Misérables1

    Les Misérables

    Claude-Michel Schönberg, Jean-Marc Natel

    CharactersJean Valjean, Javert, Fantine, Éponine, Monsieur Thénardier

    Les Misérables, colloquially known as Les Mis or Les Miz is a sung-through musical based on...  more
  • Wicked2


    Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman

    CharactersWicked Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch, Boq, Doctor Dillamond

    Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen...  more
  • Rent3


    Jonathan Larson

    CharactersMimi Marquez, Angel Dumott Schunard, Joanne Jefferson, Maureen Johnson, Tom Collins

    Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson loosely based on Giacomo...  more

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  • The Phantom of the Opera4

    The Phantom of the Opera

    Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe

    CharactersErik, Christine Daaé, Carlotta, Viscount Raoul de Chagny, Madame Giry

    The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles...  more

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  • Chicago5


    Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb

    CharactersVelma Kelly, Billy Flynn, Roxie Hart, Amos Hart, Matron "Mama" Morton

    Chicago (Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville) is an American musical with music by John Kander,...  more

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  • The Book of Mormon6

    The Book of Mormon

    Matt Stone, Trey Parker

    CharactersArnold Cunningham, Kevin Price, Nabulungi, General Butt-Fucking Naked, Elder McKinley

    The Book of Mormon is a musical comedy. First staged in 2011, the play is a satirical...  more


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  • The Lion King7

    The Lion King

    Mark Mancina, Elton John

    CharactersScar, Simba, Mufasa, Pumbaa, Nala

    The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature...  more
  • Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street8

    CharactersSweeney Todd, Judge Turpin, Adolfo Pirelli, Mrs. Lovett, Tobias Ragg

    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 1979 musical thriller with music and...  more
  • Newsies9


    Alan Menken , Jack Feldman
    Newsies The Musical is a Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical based on the 1992 film...  more
  • Cabaret10


    Fred Ebb, John Kander

    CharactersFräulein Schneider, Sally Bowles, Fraulein Kost, Emcee, Clifford Bradshaw

    Cabaret is a 1966 musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Joe...  more
  • The Sound of Music11

    The Sound of Music

    Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse

    CharactersFraulein Maria, Louisa von Trapp, Marta von Trapp, Gretl von Trapp, Kurt von Trapp

    The Sound of Music is a multiple Tony Award-winning musical by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by...  more
  • Fiddler on the Roof12

    Fiddler on the Roof

    Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock

    CharactersTevye, Chava, Lazar Wolf, Tzeitel, Golde

    Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book...  more
  • In the Heights13

    In the Heights

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes

    CharactersClaudia, Graffiti Pete, Camila Rosario, Benny, Kevin Rosario

    In the Heights is a musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a book by Quiara...  more
  • Avenue Q14

    Avenue Q

    Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty

    CharactersTrekkie Monster, Princeton, Mrs.Thistletwat, Christmas Eve, Nicky

    Avenue Q is an American musical in two acts, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, who...  more
  • Hamilton15
    Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American...  more
  • A Chorus Line16

    A Chorus Line

    Edward Kleban, Nicholas Dante

    CharactersZach, Sheila Bryant, Greg Gardner, Mike Costa, Don Kerr

    A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book...  more
  • Hairspray17


    Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman

    CharactersVelma Von Tussle, Edna Turnblad, Little Inez, Seaweed J Stupps, Motormouth Maybelle

    Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and...  more
  • Dear Evan Hansen18
    Dear Evan Hansen is a musical with music and lyrics by Pasek and Paul, and a book by Steven...  more
  • Evita19


    Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice

    CharactersChe Guevara, Eva Perón, Juan Perón, Perón's Mistress, Agustín Magaldi

    Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates...  more
  • The King and I20

    The King and I

    Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II

    CharactersKing Mongkut, Anna Leonowens, Louis Leonowens, Tuptim, The Kralahome

    The King and I is the fifth musical by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist...  more

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  • My Fair Lady21

    My Fair Lady

    Frederic Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner

    CharactersEliza Doolittle, Professor Henry Higgins, Alfred Doolittle, Mrs Higgins, Mrs. Pearce

    My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by...  more


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  • Miss Saigon22

    Miss Saigon

    Richard Maltby, Jr.

    CharactersChristopher Scott, Kim, John Thomas, Tam, Gigi Van Tranh

    Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil...  more
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  • South Pacific24

    South Pacific

    Richard Rodgers, Joshua Logan

    CharactersEmile De Becque, Liat, Luther Billis, Bloody Mary, Capt. Brackett

    South Pacific is a musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II...  more
  • Spring Awakening25

    Spring Awakening

    Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik

    CharactersOtto, Martha, Anna, Thea, Wendla Bergmann

    Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven...  more