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Tony Award for Best Original Score

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Awarded for
Best Original Score

April 6, 1947

Category of
Tony Award

Official website

First awarded

United States New York City

United States of America

Presented by
American Theatre Wing The Broadway League

Currently held by
Lin-Manuel Miranda for Hamilton (2016)

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Winners & Nominees
Lin-Manuel MirandaHamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Winner, Edie BrickellBright Star, Edie Brickell, Nominee, Andrew Lloyd WebberSchool of Rock, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nominee, Sara BareillesWaitress, Sara Bareilles, Nominee, Glenn SlaterSchool of Rock, Glenn Slater, Nominee, Steve MartinBright Star, Steve Martin, Nominee, Jeanine TesoriFun Home, Jeanine Tesori, Winner, Lisa KronFun Home, Lisa Kron, Winner, Fred EbbThe Visit, Fred Ebb, Nominee, Karey KirkpatrickSomething Rotten!, Karey Kirkpatrick, Nominee, StingThe Last Ship, Sting, Nominee, John KanderThe Visit, John Kander, Nominee, Wayne KirkpatrickSomething Rotten!, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Nominee, Jason Robert BrownThe Bridges of Madison County, Jason Robert Brown, Winner, Steven LutvakA Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Steven Lutvak, Nominee, Chad BeguelinAladdin, Chad Beguelin, Nominee, Brian YorkeyIf/Then, Brian Yorkey, Nominee, Howard AshmanAladdin, Howard Ashman, Nominee, Robert L FreedmanA Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Robert L Freedman, Nominee, Tom KittIf/Then, Tom Kitt, Nominee, Alan MenkenAladdin, Alan Menken, Nominee, Tim RiceAladdin, Tim Rice, Nominee, Cyndi LauperKinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper, Winner, Trey AnastasioHands on a Hardbody, Trey Anastasio, Nominee, Benj PasekA Christmas Story: The Musical, Benj Pasek, Nominee, Amanda GreenHands on a Hardbody, Amanda Green, Nominee, Justin PaulA Christmas Story: The Musical, Justin Paul, Nominee, Tim MinchinMatilda the Musical, Tim Minchin, Nominee, Jack FeldmanNewsies, Jack Feldman, Winner, Alan MenkenNewsies, Alan Menken, Winner, Rick ElicePeter and the Starcatcher, Rick Elice, Nominee, Frank WildhornBonnie & Clyde, Frank Wildhorn, Nominee, Wayne BarkerPeter and the Starcatcher, Wayne Barker, Nominee, Don BlackBonnie & Clyde, Don Black, Nominee, Grant OldingOne Man - Two Guvnors, Grant Olding, Nominee

Jerry herman wins 1984 tony award for best original score

The Tony Award for Best Original Score is the Tony Award given to the composers and lyricists of the best original score written for a musical in that year. The score consists of music and lyrics. To be eligible, a score must be written specifically for the theatre and must be original; compilations of non-theatrical music or compilations of earlier theatrical music are not eligible for consideration.



The award has undergone a number of minor changes. In 1947, 1950, 1951, and 1962, the award went to the composer only. Otherwise, the award has gone to the composer and lyricist for their combined contributions, except for 1971 when the two awards were split (although Stephen Sondheim won both, for Company).

In only five years have non-musical plays been nominated for Tony Awards in this category: Much Ado About Nothing in 1973, The Song of Jacob Zulu in 1993,Twelfth Night in 1999, Enron and Fences in 2010, and Peter and the Starcatcher and One Man, Two Guvnors in 2012.

In 2013, Cyndi Lauper became the first woman to win the award solo for Kinky Boots. In 2015, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori became the first all-woman team to win the award for Fun Home.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the youngest person to win the award; he was 28 when he won for In the Heights. Adolph Green is the oldest person to win the award; he was 77 when he won for The Will Rogers Follies. If T. S. Eliot were alive when he won for Cats, he would have been 95. Eliot is one of two people to receive the award posthumously, the other being Jonathan Larson, who won for Rent. He would have been 36.


Tony Award for Best Original Score Wikipedia