All the Tony-Winning Shows to See on Broadway
While the Tony Awards only happen once a year in June, a Tony Award win is forever, and the prestigious theater statue can help keep a show running, for good reason. There are so many Tony Award winners on Broadway, and whether they won Best Musical or Best Revival, Best Costume Design or Best Lighting, here are all the Tony-winning shows playing on Broadway.
Dear Evan Hansen
The emotional musical about a high schooler struggling with anxiety who gets trapped in a lie at school pulls at the heartstrings with its powerful and emotional score and book. Both took home Tony Awards in addition to one for Best Musical and three others.
Heard of this little hit? Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop take on the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton earned a record 16 Tony nominations, and while the show didn’t break “The Producers” record number of wins with 12, the musical took home 11 statues, including one for Best Musical.
On the road to hell, there was a whole lot of Tony Awards! This folksy retelling of the Orpheus myth swept this year’s Tonys with eight wins, including Best Score, Best Director, and Best Musical.
The 1982 film about a struggling actor who dresses as a woman to land a role comes into the present day in this musical adaptation, which won Tonys for Robert Horn’s hilarious book and Santino Fontana’s performance as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels.
Ain’t Too Proud
The story of The Temptations is about more than just that catchy music — it’s also about the group’s sweet moves. Choreographer Sergio Trujillo won the Tony Award for Best Choreography for his work on the jukebox musical.
While Jessie Mueller is no longer performing her Tony-winning role as Carole King, every actor who has followed in her path steps into Tony-winning shoes. That and the sound design took the Tony Award for this powerful show about the singer/songwriter’s life.
Come From Away
Director Christopher Ashley won the Tony Award for helming this inspirational show about what happened on Sept. 1, 2001 when several plans were grounded in Gander, Newfoundland and the town welcomed the passengers.
This production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is the definition of a revival, taking the classic story and reimagining it completely without changing a word. It’s no wonder if won the Best Revival Tony Award this year. Ali Stroker also made history as the first performer in a wheelchair to win a Tony Award for playing Ado Annie.
Speaking of revivals, the longest-running Broadway revival of all time is also a six-time Tony winner. With nods for Best Revival and Best Choreography, this murderous musical will have you cell block tangoing out of the theater.
The Lion King
While the live action film hits the big screen, director Julie Taymor’s puppetry masterpiece is still enchanting Broadway audiences eight times a week. The production won six Tony Awards in 1998, including Best Musical and Best Director, making Taymor the first woman to win a Tony for directing a musical.
You might be surprised to learn that this mega-hit about what happened in Oz before Dorothy arrived didn’t win the Tony Award for Best Musical. (“Avenue Q” won the award that year.) The musical has outlasted all of its competitors on Broadway and scored wins for Best Actress for Idina Menzel and costume and scenic design.
The Book of Mormon
Say hello to this winner of nine Tony Awards! “The Book of Mormon” brings a whole new kind of Broadway musical to the stage with its delightful parody of the religion that earned Tonys for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Director, and more.
Sure this show’s Tony Award win went to a performer who’s no longer in the show (but you can catch James Monroe Iglehart in “Hamilton”), but this magic carpet ride of a musical is full of charm and Tony-worthy elements, bringing a whole new world to Broadway.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter has conquered literature and Hollywood and now he’s conquering Broadway, with the eighth installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic series about the boy wizard taking the stage. The play won the Tony for Best Play in 2018, as well as the awards for Best Director and several design elements totaling six statues.
The Cher Show
While the titular queen doesn’t have the Tony to complete her EGOT yet, her longtime collaborator and costume designer Bob Mackie took home his first Tony Award for his dazzling fashion creations in this show about the diva’s life. Broadway favorite Stephanie J. Block also won her first Tony Award for playing Cher.
To Kill a Mockingbird
While Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s seminal novel didn’t received a Best Play nomination, the production received nine nominations, and Celia Keenan-Bolger won her first Tony Award for playing Scout.