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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.

History

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.

Winners and nominees

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

2020s



Multiple wins

;4 Wins
  • Angela Lansbury

    ;3 Wins
  • Mary Martin
  • Gwen Verdon

    ;2 Wins
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Christine Ebersole
  • Sutton Foster
  • Patti LuPone
  • Liza Minnelli
  • Donna Murphy
  • Bernadette Peters
  • Chita Rivera

    Multiple nominations

    ;8 Nominations
  • Chita Rivera

    ;6 Nominations
  • Sutton Foster
  • Kelli O'Hara
  • Bernadette Peters

    ;5 Nominations
  • Patti LuPone
  • Donna Murphy
  • Gwen Verdon

    ;4 Nominations
  • Carol Channing
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Mary Martin

    ;3 Nominations
  • Julie Andrews
  • Jessie Mueller
  • Christine Ebersole
  • Dee Hoty
  • Dorothy Loudon
  • Audra McDonald
  • Ethel Merman
  • Liza Minnelli
  • Faith Prince

    ;2 Nominations
  • Lauren Bacall
  • Stephanie J. Block
  • Georgia Brown
  • Carolee Carmello
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Sandy Duncan
  • Nanette Fabray
  • Dolores Gray
  • Barbara Harris
  • Judy Kuhn
  • LaChanze
  • Beth Leavel
  • Beatrice Lillie
  • Rebecca Luker
  • Marin Mazzie
  • Patina Miller
  • Idina Menzel
  • Eva Noblezada
  • Laura Osnes
  • Tonya Pinkins
  • Alice Ripley
  • Sherie Rene Scott
  • Alexis Smith
  • Elaine Stritch
  • Inga Swenson
  • Nancy Walker

    Multiple character wins

    ;3 Wins
  • Anna Leonowens from The King and I
  • Rose Hovick from Gypsy

    ;2 Wins
  • Desiree Armfeldt from A Little Night Music
  • Celie Harris Johnson from The Color Purple
  • Dolly Gallagher Levi from Hello, Dolly!

    Multiple character nominations

    ;5 Nominations
  • Rose Hovick from Gypsy

    ;4 Nominations
  • Peter Pan from Peter Pan and Jerome Robbins' Broadway

    ;3 Nominations
  • Anna Leonowens from The King and I*
  • Charity Hope Valentine from Sweet Charity
  • Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd
  • Phyllis Rogers Stone from Follies;2 Nominations
  • Amalia Balash from She Loves Me
  • Bess from Porgy and Bess
  • Celie Harris Johnson from The Color Purple
  • Desiree Armfeldt from A Little Night Music
  • Dolly Gallagher Levi from Hello, Dolly!
  • Dot / Marie from Sunday in the Park with George
  • Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady
  • Ella Peterson from Bells Are Ringing
  • Ensign Nellie Forbush from South Pacific
  • Fiona MacLaren from Brigadoon
  • Kim from Miss Saigon
  • Lilli Vanessi / Katharine from Kiss Me, Kate
  • Lily Garland / Mildred Plotka from On the Twentieth Century
  • Lizzie Curry from 110 in the Shade
  • Mother from Ragtime
  • Reno Sweeney from Anything Goes
  • Ruth Sherwood from Wonderful Town
  • Sarah Brown from Guys and Dolls
  • Velma Kelly from Chicago

    Musicals with multiple lead nominations

  • New Girl in TownThelma Ritter (winner) and Gwen Verdon (winner)
  • CompanySusan Browning and Elaine Stritch
  • FolliesDorothy Collins and Alexis Smith (winner)
  • ChicagoChita Rivera and Gwen Verdon
  • AnnieDorothy Loudon (winner) and Andrea McArdle
  • DreamgirlsJennifer Holliday (winner) and Sheryl Lee Ralph
  • The RinkLiza Minnelli and Chita Rivera (winner)
  • Black and BlueRuth Brown (winner) and Linda Hopkins
  • Guys and DollsJosie de Guzman and Faith Prince (winner)
  • Side ShowAlice Ripley and Emily Skinner
  • UrinetownNancy Opel and Jennifer Laura Thompson
  • WickedKristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel (winner)
  • War PaintChristine Ebersole and Patti LuPone
  • The PromCaitlin Kinnunen and Beth Leavel

    Multiple awards and nominations

    Actress who have been nominated multiple times in any acting categories



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