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Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical

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First awarded

Official website

Category of
Tony Award

Awarded for
Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role in a Musical

United States of America

Currently held by
Cynthia Erivo for The Color Purple (2016)

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Presented by
American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League

Winners & Nominees
Cynthia ErivoThe Color Purple, Cynthia Erivo, Winner, Jessie MuellerWaitress, Jessie Mueller, Nominee, Phillipa SooHamilton, Phillipa Soo, Nominee, Carmen CusackBright Star, Carmen Cusack, Nominee, Laura BenantiShe Loves Me, Laura Benanti, Nominee, Kelli O'HaraThe King and I, Kelli O'Hara, Winner, Leanne CopeAn American in Paris, Leanne Cope, Nominee, Beth MaloneFun Home, Beth Malone, Nominee, Chita RiveraThe Visit, Chita Rivera, Nominee, Kristin ChenowethOn the Twentieth Century, Kristin Chenoweth, Nominee, Jessie MuellerBeautiful: The Carole King Musical, Jessie Mueller, Winner, Kelli O'HaraThe Bridges of Madison County, Kelli O'Hara, Nominee, Sutton FosterViolet, Sutton Foster, Nominee, Mary Bridget DaviesA Night With Janis Joplin, Mary Bridget Davies, Nominee, Idina MenzelIf/Then, Idina Menzel, Nominee, Patina MillerPippin, Patina Miller, Winner, Stephanie J BlockThe Mystery of Edwin Drood, Stephanie J Block, Nominee, Carolee CarmelloScandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, Carolee Carmello, Nominee, Laura OsnesRodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Laura Osnes, Nominee, Valisia LekaeMotown: The Musical, Valisia Lekae, Nominee, Audra McDonaldPorgy and Bess, Audra McDonald, Winner, Jan MaxwellFollies, Jan Maxwell, Nominee, Kelli O'HaraNice Work If You Can Get It, Kelli O'Hara, Nominee, Cristin MiliotiOnce, Cristin Milioti, Nominee, Laura OsnesBonnie & Clyde, Laura Osnes, Nominee

Lea salonga wins 1991 tony award for best actress in a musical

The Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical is awarded to the best actress in a musical, whether a new production or a revival. The award has been given since 1948, but the nominees who did not win have only been publicly announced since 1956.


Idina menzel wins 2004 tony award for best actress in a musical


The award was not presented in 1947 or 1985. Ken Mandelbaum wrote about the 1985 season: "Things get bad enough musically to require the elimination of the Best Musical Actor and Actress categories, as well as the choreography prize." There have been three ties in this category, in 1958, 1962 and 1968.

Multiple character wins

3 Wins
  • Anna Leonowens from The King and I
  • Mama Rose from Gypsy
  • 2 Wins
  • Desiree Armfeldt from A Little Night Music
  • Celie Harris Johnson from The Color Purple
  • Musicals with multiple lead nominations

  • New Girl in Town – Thelma Ritter (winner) and Gwen Verdon (winner)
  • Company – Susan Browning and Elaine Stritch
  • Follies – Dorothy Collins and Alexis Smith (winner)
  • Chicago – Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon
  • Annie – Dorothy Loudon (winner) and Andrea McArdle
  • Dreamgirls – Jennifer Holliday (winner) and Sheryl Lee Ralph
  • The Rink – Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera (winner)
  • Black and Blue – Ruth Brown (winner) and Linda Hopkins
  • Guys and Dolls – Josie de Guzman and Faith Prince (winner)
  • "Side Show" - Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner
  • Urinetown – Nancy Opel and Jennifer Laura Thompson
  • Wicked – Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel (winner)
  • References

    Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical Wikipedia

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