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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
141 60
Wicked is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
TanyaLee added Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman

3
143 52
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Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber

4
113 51
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Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin

5
86 38
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Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez

6
95 43
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
robbg1 added Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

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98 43
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Jonathan Larson

8
83 39
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Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay

9
80 37
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Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

10
76 36
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Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim

11
73 43
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Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Joseph Stein

12
70 35
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Frederic Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner

13
67 34
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Fred Ebb, John Kander, Joe Masteroff

14
46 21
Newsies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Alan Menken , Jack Feldman , Harvey Fierstein

15
61 36
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Edward Kleban, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch

16
39 19
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Alan Menken , Linda Woolverton , Howard Ashman

17
56 34
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Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice

18
45 33
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Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez

19
51 32
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes

20
48 34
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Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II

21
70 55
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Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn

22
36 20
Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg

23
57 43
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Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse

24
47 31
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Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik

25
47 36
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Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan

26
29 11
Heathers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Jeph Byron Hodreal added Heathers

27
42 32
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Jo Swerling, Abe Burrows, Frank Loesser

28
12 1
Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
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45 28
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Richard Rodgers, Joshua Logan, Oscar Hammerstein II

30
39 33
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Elton John, Lee Hall

31
21 15
Anything Goes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Guy Bolton , P. G. Wodehouse , Russel Crouse

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40 29
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Franklin Lacey, Meredith Willson

33
28 23
Legally Blonde: The Musical is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Heather Hach , Laurence O'Keefe , Nell Benjamin

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39 35
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Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, Bob Crewe

35
25 21
Joseph and the Amazing Technic... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

36
17 13
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Cindy Lauper, Harvey Fierstein

37
16 7
Dreamgirls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Jeph Byron Hodreal added Tom Eyen , Henry Krieger

38
35 28
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Charlie Smalls, William F. Brown

39
35 35
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Neil Innes, John Du Prez, Eric Idle

40
29 25
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Jerry Herman, Michael Stewart

41
30 25
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Jeanine Tesori, Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan

42
19 20
Pippin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Tom Islava added Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson

43
25 27
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Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, Stephen Sondheim

44
34 32
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Charles Strouse, Michael Stewart, Lee Adams

45
29 28
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Kinky Boots Cindy Lauper, Harvey Fierstein

46
28 27
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Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert, Abe Burrows

47
25 24
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Sam Spewack, Cole Porter, Bella Spewack

48
3 0
Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
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49
22 25
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Christopher Hampton, Don Black, Andrew Lloyd Webber

50
19 22
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Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim