Stephen Sondheim at the Tony Awards: All 75 wins from ‘West Side Story’ to ‘Assassins’

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Stephen Sondheim has almost never been more popular than in the two years since his passing in November 2021. In that time, celebrated revivals of “Company,” “Into the Woods,” and “Sweeney Todd” have come to Broadway, and successful remounting of “Assassins” and “Merrily We Roll Along” have played Off-Broadway, which is a testament to the enduring appeal of his works.

This fall will once again spotlight Sondheim. The tremendously successful Off-Broadway run of “Merrily” starring Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Mendez, and Daniel Radcliffe opens on Broadway on October 10, which will mark the first remounting since its original, unsuccessful run in 1981. In addition, his final musical “Here We Are,” which is based on two Luis Buñuel films—“The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” and “The Exterminating Angel”—will have its highly-anticipated world premiere Off-Broadway, opening on October 22.

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In honor of another “season of Sondheim,” take a look back at every single Tony Award his productions have won over the past 65 years, from “West Side Story” to the latest revival of “Sweeney Todd” starring Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford, which is currently running. This tally includes all of the musicals for which he served as composer or lyricist, excluding revues, special events in which his works are featured, plays to which he contributed incidental music, or works like “Candide,” for which he only supplied additional lyrics. In all, productions of his works have earned an incredible 75 Tony Awards from 233 nominations; those noms go up to 241 if counting the ones earned by revues “Side by Side by Sondheim,” “Putting It Together,” and “Sondheim on Sondheim.” See the complete list below.

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Sondheim’s most revived show is also his oldest, “West Side Story,” which has had six Broadway productions. His most Tony-winning musical is a tie between “Company” and “Sweeney Todd,” as both shows have nabbed 12 trophies apiece; they have both had four productions since their premieres in 1970 and 1979, respectively. Overall, “Company” has earned 28 nominations to 27 for “Sweeney.” The original production of “Company” is also his most nominated production ever with a whopping 14 bids, which includes separate nominations for Original Score and Lyrics.

The 2002 revival of “Into the Woods” is his most nominated revival ever with 10, while the 2021 “Company” is his winningest revival with 5 trophies; the 2004 revival of “Assassins” also won five times, but that production was the first time the show had ever played Broadway and was only considered a revival at the Tonys due to its original 1990 Off-Broadway production.

Only four of his musicals have never won a Tony: “Anyone Can Whistle,” “Do I Hear a Waltz?,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” and “The Frogs.” This could very likely change at the 2024 ceremony should “Merrily” take home its first-ever prize.

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Sondheim’s musicals have earned 22 Tonys for acting including two for Angela Lansbury (“Gypsy,” “Sweeney Todd”) and two for Patti LuPone (“Gypsy,” “Company”).

To his individual name, Sondheim has eight competitive wins from 14 nominations, plus his 2008 Lifetime Achievement prize.

See below for a list of every Tony Award a production of a Sondheim musical has won, grouped by show. The year denotes the date of the Tony ceremony:

West Side Story — 6 productions, 15 nominations, 3 wins
1958 — Choreography (Jerome Robbins)
1958 — Scenic Design (Oliver Smith)
2009 — Featured Actress (Karen Olivo)

Gypsy — 5 productions, 27 nominations, 6 wins
1975 — Actress (Angela Lansbury)
1990 — Actress (Tyne Daly)
1990 — Best Revival
2008 — Actress (Patti LuPone)
2008 — Featured Actor (Boyd Gaines)
2008 — Featured Actress (Laura Benanti)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum — 3 productions, 15 noms, 9 wins
1963 — Best Musical
1963 — Author (Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart)
1963 — Actor (Zero Mostel)
1963 — Featured Actor (David Burns)
1963 — Direction (George Abbott)
1963 — Producer (Harold Prince)
1972 — Actor (Phil Silvers)
1972 — Featured Actor (Larry Blyden)
1996 — Actor (Nathan Lane)

Anyone Can Whistle — 1 production, 1 nomination

Do I Hear a Waltz? — 1 production, 3 nominations

Company — 4 productions, 28 nominations, 12 wins
1971 — Best Musical
1971 — Book (George Furth)
1971 — Original Score (Sondheim)
1971 — Scenic Design (Boris Aronson)
1971 — Direction (Harold Prince)
1971 — Lyrics (Sondheim)
2007 — Best Revival
2022 — Best Revival
2022 — Featured Actor (Matt Doyle)
2022 — Featured Actress (Patti LuPone)
2022 — Direction (Marianne Elliott)
2022 — Scenic Design (Bunny Christie)

Follies — 3 productions, 24 nominations, 8 wins
1972 — Original Score (Sondheim)
1972 — Actress (Alexis Smith)
1972 — Scenic Design (Aronson)
1972 — Costume Design (Florence Klotz)
1972 — Lighting Design (Tharon Musser)
1972 — Choreography (Michael Bennett)
1972 — Direction (Prince and Bennett)
2012 — Costume Design (Gregg Barnes)

A Little Night Music — 2 productions, 16 nominations, 7 wins
1973 — Best Musical
1973 — Book (Hugh Wheeler)
1973 — Original Score (Sondheim)
1973 — Actress (Glynis Johns)
1973 — Featured Actress (Patricia Elliott)
1973 — Costume Design (Klotz)
2010 — Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones)

Pacific Overtures — 2 productions, 14 nominations, 2 wins
1976 — Costume Design (Klotz)
1976 — Scenic Design (Aronson)

Sweeney Todd — 4 productions, 27 nominations, 12 wins
1979 — Best Musical
1979 — Book (Wheeler)
1979 — Original Score (Sondheim)
1979 — Actor (Len Cariou)
1979 — Actress (Lansbury)
1979 — Scenic Design (Eugene Lee)
1979 — Costume Design (Franne Lee)
1979 — Direction (Prince)
2005 — Direction (John Doyle)
2005 — Orchestrations (Sarah Travis)
2023 — Lighting Design (Natasha Katz)
2023 — Sound Design (Kevin Steinberg)

Merrily We Roll Along — 1 production, 1 nomination

Sunday in the Park with George — 3 productions, 19 nominations, 2 wins*
1984 — Scenic Design (Tony Straiges)
1984 — Lighting Design (Richard Nelson)

* The 2017 production of “Sunday in the Park with George” withdrew from Tonys consideration given its extremely limited run.

Into the Woods — 3 productions, 26 nominations, 5 wins
1988 — Book (James Lapine)
1988 — Original Score (Sondheim)
1988 — Actress (Joanna Gleason)
2002 — Best Revival
2002 — Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt)

Passion — 1 production, 10 nominations, 4 wins
1994 — Best Musical
1994 — Book (Lapine)
1994 — Original Score (Sondheim)
1994 — Actress (Donna Murphy)

Assassins — 1 production, 7 nominations, 5 wins*
2004 — Best Revival
2004 — Featured Actor (Michael Cerveris)
2004 — Lighting Design (Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer)
2004 — Direction (Joe Mantello)
2004 — Orchestrations (Michael Starobin)

* “Assassins” originated Off-Broadway in 1990, and even though this production was the first mounting of the musical on Broadway, it was deemed eligible as a revival.

The Frogs — 1 production

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