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Tony Awards for Best Director of a Musical

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The Tony Awards began in 1947 to pay homage to the best in Broadway theatrical productions.

Originally, the category of Best Director included Directors of both plays and musicals. In 1960, the category was split into two separate awards because the job of the Director was very different for musicals than for plays. Since then, Directors have been recognized in the categories of Best Director of a Musical and Best Director of a Play.

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Best Director (of a Play or a Musical)

1947: Elia Kazan for All My Sons
1948: Joshua Logan for Mister Roberts
1949: Elia Kazan for Death of a Salesman
1950: Joshua Logan for South Pacific
1951: George S. Kaufman for Guys and Dolls
1952: José Ferrer for The Shrike / The Fourposter / Stalag 17
1953: Joshua Logan for Picnic
1954: Alfred Lunt for Ondine
1955: Robert Montgomery for The Desperate Hours
1956: Tyrone Guthrie for The Matchmaker
1957: Moss Hart for My Fair Lady
1958: Vincent J. Donehue for Sunrise At Campobello
1959: Elia Kazan for J.B.

Best Director of a Musical

1960: George Abbott for Fiorello!
1961: Gower Champion for Bye, Bye Birdie
1962: Abe Burrows for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
1963: George Abbott for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
1964: Gower Champion for Hello, Dolly!
1965: Jerome Robbins for Fiddler on the Roof
1966: Albert Marre for Man of La Mancha
1967: Harold Prince for Cabaret
1968: Gower Champion for The Happy Time
1969: Peter Hunt for 1776
1970: Ron Field for Applause
1971: Harold Prince for Company
1972: Harold Prince and Michael Bennett for Follies
1973: Bob Fosse for Pippin
1974: Harold Prince for Candide
1975: Geoffrey Holder for The Wiz
1976: Michael Bennett for A Chorus Line
1977: Gene Saks for I Love My Wife
1978: Richard Maltby, Jr. for Ain't Misbehavin'
1979: Harold Prince for Sweeney Todd
1980: Harold Prince for Evita
1981: Wilford Leach for The Pirates of Penzance
1982: Tommy Tune for Nine
1983: Trevor Nunn for Cats
1984: Arthur Laurents for La Cage aux Folles
1985: Des McAnuff for Big River
1986: Wilford Leach for The Mystery of Edwin Drood
1987: Trevor Nunn and John Caird for Les Misérables
1988: Harold Prince for The Phantom of the Opera
1989: Jerome Robbins for Jerome Robbins' Broadway
1990: Tommy Tune for Grand Hotel, The Musical
1991: Tommy Tune for The Will Rogers Follies
1992: Jerry Zaks for Guys and Dolls
1993: Des McAnuff for The Who's Tommy
1994: Nicholas Hytner for Carousel
1995: Harold Prince for Show Boat
1996: George C. Wolfe for Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk
1997: Walter Bobbie for Chicago
1998: Julie Taymor for The Lion King
1999: Matthew Bourne for Swan Lake
2000: Michael Blakemore for Kiss Me, Kate
2001: Susan Stroman for The Producers, the new Mel Brooks musical
2002: John Rando for Urinetown, The Musical
2003: Jack O'Brien for Hairspray
2004: Joe Mantello for Assassins
2005: Mike Nichols for Monty Python's Spamalot
2006: John Doyle for Sweeney Todd
2007: Michael Mayer for Spring Awakening
2008: Bartlett Sher for Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific
2009: Stephen Daldry for Billy Elliot, The Musical
2010: Terry Johnson for La Cage aux Folles
2011: Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker for The Book of Mormon

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