Tony Award for
Best Author
Awarded forBest Author
LocationUnited States New York City
Presented byAmerican Theatre Wing The Broadway League

The Tony Award for Best Author is a now retired category once presented to playwrights, authors and librettists of theatrical plays and musicals. Only nine awards were presented from 1947 to 1965, and it is often grouped with the category Best Book of a Musical.

Winners and nominees

  indicates the winner


Year Author Production
1st Tony Awards
Arthur Miller All My Sons
2nd Tony Awards
Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan Mister Roberts
3rd Tony Awards
Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman
Samuel and Bella Spewack Kiss Me, Kate


Year Author Production
16th Tony Awards
Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Michael Stewart and Helen Deutsch Carnival!
17th Tony Awards
Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Lionel Bart Oliver!
Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley Stop the World – I Want to Get Off
Neil Simon Little Me
18th Tony Awards
Michael Stewart Hello, Dolly!
Noël Coward and Harry Kurnitz The Girl Who Came to Supper
Timothy Gray and Hugh Martin High Spirits
Joe Masteroff She Loves Me
19th Tony Awards
Neil Simon The Odd Couple
Joseph Stein Fiddler on the Roof
Edward Albee Tiny Alice
Jerome Coopersmith Baker Street
Beverley Cross Half a Sixpence
Frank D. Gilroy The Subject Was Roses
Sidney Michaels Ben Franklin in Paris
Murray Schisgal Luv

See also