JEWISH RECIPIENTS OF THE ANTOINETTE PERRY (TONY) AWARD FOR BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(54% of recipients)


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Listed below are recipients of the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical who were, or are, Jewish (or of partial Jewish descent, as noted).  For lists of Jewish novelists, playwrights, poets, and other Jewish writers, see Jews in Literature.  See also:

Broadway and Hollywood Musicals Composed by Jews

Jewish Recipients of the Tony Award for Best Musical Production
Jewish Recipients of the Tony Award for Best Original Score of a Musical.

  • Bella Spewack (1949), Kiss Me, Kate
  • Samuel Spewack (1949), Kiss Me, Kate
  • Oscar Hammerstein II 1 (1950), South Pacific
  • Abe Burrows (1951), Guys and Dolls
  • Jo Swerling (1951), Guys and Dolls
  • Abe Burrows (1962), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Willie Gilbert (1962), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Jack Weinstock (1962), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
  • Larry Gelbart (1963), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  • Burt Shevelove (1963), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  • Michael Stewart (1964), Hello, Dolly!
  • Joseph Stein (1965), Fiddler on the Roof
  • Mel Shapiro (1972), Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Philip Rose (1975), Shenandoah
  • Peter Udell (1975), Shenandoah
  • Betty Comden (1978), On the Twentieth Century
  • Adolph Green (1978), On the Twentieth Century
  • Peter Stone (1981), Woman of the Year
  • Harvey Fierstein (1984), La Cage aux Folles
  • Rupert Holmes 2 (1986), The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Alain Boublil (1987), Les Misérables
  • Claude-Michel Schönberg (1987), Les Misérables
  • James Lapine (1988), Into the Woods
  • Larry Gelbart (1990), City of Angels
  • William Finn (1992), Falsettos
  • James Lapine (1992), Falsettos
  • James Lapine (1994), Passion
  • Don Black (1995), Sunset Boulevard
  • Jonathan Larson (1996), Rent
  • Peter Stone (1997), Titanic
  • Alfred Uhry (1999), Parade
  • Mel Brooks (2001), The Producers
  • Rachel Sheinkin (2005), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Steven Sater (2007), Spring Awakening
  • Matt Stone 3 (2011), The Book of Mormon
  • Harvey Fierstein (2013), Kinky Boots
  • Robert Freedman (2014), A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
  • Lisa Kron (2015), Fun Home
NOTES
1. Jewish father, non-Jewish mother.
2. Jewish father, non-Jewish mother; see 13th paragraph of "Drood Hits the Road Without Missing a Beat" at: http://www.rememberwenn.org/wennmoed.htm.
3. Jewish mother, non-Jewish father.

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