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Culture 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

152 69
Wicked is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
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157 61
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Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber

125 54
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Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin

38 3
Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
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112 48
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Jonathan Larson

97 45
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Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez

101 50
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
robbg1 added Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

94 44
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Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay

83 41
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Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim

87 45
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Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan

80 47
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Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Joseph Stein

72 37
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Fred Ebb, John Kander, Joe Masteroff

73 40
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Frederic Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner

52 25
Newsies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Alan Menken , Jack Feldman , Harvey Fierstein

65 39
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Edward Kleban, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch

63 36
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes

59 38
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Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice

15 1
Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
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41 23
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Alan Menken , Linda Woolverton , Howard Ashman

49 36
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Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez

50 36
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Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II

39 22
Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg

74 61
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Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn

49 33
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Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik