The Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical is the Tony awarded to the librettist(s) of the musical. The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American Theatre and are presented A libretto is the text used in an extended Musical work such as an Opera, Operetta, Masque, sacred or secular Oratorio and The librettist may also be called the bookwriter. He or she writes the book or libretto, which is the spoken, non-sung dialogue of a musical play; the librettist is also typically responsible for the overall story of the musical. In the past this award has been called the "Best Author of a Musical" award. To be eligible a musical must have some sort of original narrative framework; revues without a plot and revivals are ineligible, unless a new book is used for a revival.
Winners are in bold. Non-bold indicates a non-winning nomination.
3 wins: Hugh Wheeler, Thomas Meehan, and James Lapine
2 wins: Terrence McNally, Larry Gelbart, Peter Stone, and Michael Stewart
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