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Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical


Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical

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The Tony Awards began in 1947 to honor the performers and productions of the Great White Way. The category of Best Actress in a Musical was started the following year in 1948.

In the years that have followed, the winners of the coveted ultimate thespian trophy have been a who's who of Broadway royalty, many of whom are known by only one name, such as Angela, Patti, Liza, Bernadette, to name a few.

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Best Actress in a Musical

1948: Grace Hartman in Angel in the Wings
1949: Nanette Fabray in Love Life
1950: Mary Martin in South Pacific
1951: Ethel Merman in Call Me Madam
1952: Gertrude Lawrence in The King and I
1953: Rosalind Russell in Wonderful Town
1954: Dolores Gray in Carnival in Flanders
1955: Mary Martin in Peter Pan
1956: Gwen Verdon in Damn Yankees
1957: Judy Holliday in Bells Are Ringing
1958 (tie): Thelma Ritter in New Girl In Town and Gwen Verdon in New Girl In Town
1959: Gwen Verdon in Redhea
1960: Mary Martin in The Sound of Music
1961: Elizabeth Seal in Irma La Douce
1962 (tie): Anna Maria Alberghetti in Carnival and Diahann Carroll in No Strings
1963: Vivien Leigh in Tovarich
1964: Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!
1965: Liza Minnelli in Flora, the Red Menace
1966: Angela Lansbury in Mame
1967: Barbara Harris in The Apple Tree
1968 (tie): Patricia Routledge in Darling of the Day and Leslie Uggams in Hallelujah, Baby!
1969: Angela Lansbury in Dear World
1970: Lauren Bacall in Applause
1971: Helen Gallagher in No, No Nanette (Revival)
1972: Alexis Smith in Follies
1973: Glynis Johns in A Little Night Music
1974: Virginia Capers in Raisin
1975: Angela Lansbury in Gypsy
1976: Donna McKechnie in A Chorus Line
1977: Dorothy Loudon in Annie
1978: Liza Minnelli in The Act
1979: Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd
1980: Patti Lupone in Evita
1981: Lauren Bacall in Woman of the Year
1982: Jennifer Holliday in Dreamgirls
1983: Natalia Makarova in On Your Toes
1984: Chita Rivera in The Rink
1986: Bernadette Peters in Song & Dance
1987: Maryann Plunkett in Me and My Girl
1988: Joanna Gleason in Into the Woods
1989: Ruth Brown in Black and Blue
1990: Tyne Daly in Gypsy
1991: Lea Salonga in Miss Saigon
1992: Faith Prince in Guys and Dolls
1993: Chita Rivera in Kiss of the Spider Woman - The Musical
1994: Donna Murphy in Passion
1995: Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard
1996: Donna Murphy in The King and I
1997: Bebe Neuwirth in Chicago
1998: Natasha Richardson in Cabaret
1999: Bernadette Peters in Annie Get Your Gun
2000: Heather Headley in Aida
2001: Christine Ebersole in 42nd Street
2002: Sutton Foster in Thoroughly Modern Millie
2003: Marissa Jaret Winokur in Hairspray
2004: Idina Menzel in Wicked
2005: Victoria Clark in The Light in the Piazza
2006: LaChanze in The Color Purple
2007: Christine Ebersole in Grey Gardens
2008: Patti LuPone in Gypsy
2009: Alice Ripley in Next to Normal
2010: Catherine Zeta-Jones in A Little Night Music
2011: Sutton Foster in Anything Goes

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