All in Tony Awards

Tony Award-Winning Best Musicals: A Stroll Down Memory Lane

With the end of 2017 almost upon us, I thought it would be fun to reminisce. I thought it would be fun to look up Tony Award-winning musicals and watch clips from these celebrated shows. As I was doing that, I started thinking: wouldn’t it be fun to share these clips with everyone. I did my best to find a clip from each original production. For certain years, I just couldn’t find anything from the actual show, so I stole from movies, video montages, and/or the original performers singing a song from the show outside of the context of the original performance. For better or for worse, here are the Tony-winning Best Musicals in chronological order. I hope you enjoy what I’ve put together.

Tony Award Categories We'd Like to See

Excitement surrounds the Tony Awards as we wait to see the "best of the best" awarded for their craft and artistry as it pertains to the Broadway Theatre. The announcement of the return of the Sound Design award for next year is an important victory (the category should never have been eradicated in the first place). We are all familiar with the usual categories, but have you ever thought that there are a few areas that are overlooked? Here are some Tony Award categories I think many of us would like to see. 

Processing the Tony Nominations (And the Oversights)

It was a crowded spring, jam-packed in fact. The Tony nominations were sure to overlook some of our favorites, simply for the sheer abundance of new plays and musicals that opened on Broadway this season. It was simply a brutal game of “Survival of the Fittest”, with musicals that would have found buoyancy (and some nominations) in a typical season, being pulled under with so many innovatively new productions and starry revivals riding the current. Have I thoroughly exhausted the “Sink or Swim” metaphors yet?

No “Best Musical” Tony Award – To Think!

The Tony Awards are an important part of the Broadway season, not so much because people need to be rewarded for doing what is already an amazing job, but because the people who wend their way through the challenges, heartbreak and exhaustion of show business deserve a time of the year to celebrate what they do. God knows if the theatre community doesn’t revel in their own achievements, who else is going to? Ring your own bell! Our country is so caught up in the goings on of athletic events that theatre will never be a priority to anyone other than those create it. That’s what makes us special, isn’t it?