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Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical - 1947-2011

From 1949 to the Present


Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical - 1947-2011

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Tony Awards

The Tony Awards began in 1947 to honor the best performers and productions of Broadway, the professional theatre industry in New York City.

The Tony Award for the writing of the text and lyrics of a Musical was first awarded in 1949, with no winners selected from 1951 through 1961, from 1966 through 1970, or in 1989.

Originally, the winner of the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical was called the Author and the Book was called the Libretto, after the opera tradition of the text and lyrics being typed out. The term “Book” has been in effect since 1971.

While multiples winners have won for working on one show, the Tony for Best Book of a Musical has never resulted in a tie.

Best Book of a Musical

1949: Bella and Samuel Spewack for Kiss Me Kate
1950: Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan for South Pacific
1962: Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
1963: Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
1964: Michael Stewart for Hello, Dolly!
1965: Joseph Stein for Fiddler on the Roof
1971: George Furth for Company
1972: John Guare and Mel Shapiro for Two Gentlemen of Verona
1973: Hugh Wheeler for A Little Night Music
1974: Hugh Wheeler for Candide
1975: James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell, and Philip Rose for Shenandoah
1976: James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante for A Chorus Line
1977: Thomas Meehan for Annie
1978: Betty Comden and Adolph Green for On the Twentieth Century
1979: Hugh Wheeler for Sweeney Todd
1980: Tim Rice for Evita
1981: Peter Stone for Woman of the Year
1982: Tom Eyen for Dreamgirls
1983: T.S. Eliot for Cats
1984: Harvey Fierstein for La Cage aux Folles
1985: William Hauptman for Big River
1986: Rupert Holmes for The Mystery of Edwin Drood
1987: Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg for Les Misérables
1988: James Lapine for Into the Woods
1990: Larry Gelbart for City of Angels
1991: Marsha Norman for The Secret Garden
1992: William Finn and James Lapine for Falsettos
1993: Terrence McNally for Kiss of the Spider Woman - The Musical
1994: James Lapine for Passion
1995: Don Black and Christopher Hampton for Sunset Boulevard
1996: Jonathan Larson for Rent
1997: Peter Stone for Titanic
1998: Terrence McNally for Ragtime
1999: Alfred Uhry for Parade
2000: Richard Nelson for James Joyce's The Dead
2001: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan for The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical
2002: Greg Kotis for Urinetown The Musical
2003: Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan for Hairspray
2004: Jeff Whitty for Avenue Q
2005: Rachel Sheinkin for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
2006: Bob Martin and Don McKellar for The Drowsy Chaperone
2007: Steven Sater for Spring Awakening
2008: Stew for Passing Strange
2009: Lee Hall for Billy Elliot, The Musical
2010: Joe DiPietro for Memphis
2011: Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone for The Book of Mormon

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