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The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals 

Buster McDermott
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Updated November 21, 2019 7.8k votes 853 voters 24k views

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
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Wicked is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
TanyaLee added Stephen Schwartz , Winnie Holzman
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Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
robbg1 added Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander
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Jonathan Larson
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The Book of Mormon Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez
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Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin
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Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay
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Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim
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Fred Ebb, John Kander, Joe Masteroff
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Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Joseph Stein
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Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman, Thomas Meehan
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes
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Newsies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Alan Menken , Jack Feldman , Harvey Fierstein
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Avenue Q Jeff Marx, Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez
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Edward Kleban, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch
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My Fair Lady Frederic Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
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Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
ValeriaJustAnotherGirl added
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Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice
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Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
GracielaBlanco added
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Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
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Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn
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Richard Rodgers, Joshua Logan, Oscar Hammerstein II
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Miss Saigon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Claude-Michel Schönberg
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Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan