1960 - The Sound of Music and Fiorello!
Starting off with a first, both of these shows are the only two musicals that have tied for Best Musical.
Probably one of the most well-known shows on this list, and to ever be on Broadway, the first musical I will be talking about is The Sound of Music. It is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. The show takes place on the night before Anschluss. It also the story of Maria, a girl deciding if she wants to become a nun, who takes a job as a governess of a huge family.
This show is definitely a classic and when I saw this show done by a high school, it's clear why. The songs are timeless and I really enjoy how the story progresses. It starts off very innocent its the nuns, and even when Maria is first introduced to the von Trapp family. Then, there is some talk of Germany and saying "Heil" and we start to get the feeling something bad is coming. Finally, they must flee their homeland after the Nazis surround them at the nun Abbey. The show tells the story from the perspective of a normal family going through a huge change not only in their life, but also history. There are almost a few different stories all in one musical that all come together in its depressing and dramatic conclusion. This show is definitely one that will stand the test of time and will probably be talked about for decades to come.
Other Nominees: Gypsy, Once Upon a Mattress, Take Me Along
1970 - Applause
Other Nominees: Coco, Pulie
1980 - Evita
Other Nominees: A Day in Hollywood/ A Night in the Ukraine, Barnum, Sugar Babies
1990 - City of Angels
Other Nominees: Aspects of Love, Grand Hotel, Meet Me in St. Louis
2000 - Contact
Other Nominees: James Joyce's The Dead, Swing!, The Wild Party
2010 - Memphis
Other Nominees: American Idiot, Fela!, Million Dollar Quartet
2018 - The Band's Visit
Other Nominees: Frozen, Mean Girls, SpongeBob Squarepants
2019 - The Nominees:
Ain't Too Proud, Beetlejuice, Tootsie, The Prom, Hadestown