A report on Pulitzer Prize for Drama

One of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music.

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Tony Award for Best Musical

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Given annually to the best new Broadway musical, as determined by Tony Award voters.

Given annually to the best new Broadway musical, as determined by Tony Award voters.

indicates the winner†indicates the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Sondheim, c. 1976

Stephen Sondheim

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American composer, songwriter and lyricist.

American composer, songwriter and lyricist.

Sondheim, c. 1976
Oscar Hammerstein c. 1940
Stephen Sondheim's House, Turtle Bay, New York City, New York
Sondheim in New York, 1972
Stephen Sondheim (2014)

Sondheim and Lapine won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play, and it was revived on Broadway in 2008, and again in a limited run in 2017.

Miranda in 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda

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American actor, rapper, songwriter, playwright and filmmaker.

American actor, rapper, songwriter, playwright and filmmaker.

Miranda in 2018
Miranda in 2018
Miranda in Hamilton, 2016
Miranda (right) with his family upon receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018. Nadal is in the center.

It earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards and won 11, including Miranda's first win for the Best Book of a Musical.

Jonathan Larson

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American composer, lyricist and playwright most famous for writing the musicals Rent and Tick, Tick... Boom!, which explored the social issues of multiculturalism, substance use disorder, and homophobia.

American composer, lyricist and playwright most famous for writing the musicals Rent and Tick, Tick... Boom!, which explored the social issues of multiculturalism, substance use disorder, and homophobia.

He received three posthumous Tony Awards and a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Rent.

Broadway poster

Hamilton (musical)

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Sung-and-rapped-through musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Sung-and-rapped-through musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Broadway poster
Cast members perform selections from the musical at the White House, 2016. L–R: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr., and Christopher Jackson
Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hamilton
Off-Broadway promotional poster.
Members of the touring cast perform at the 2020 Women's March in San Francisco.
Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, in December 2017
The Hamilton cast and crew greeted President Barack Obama on July 18, 2015. This performance was led by Miranda's then-understudy, Javier Muñoz (center left), in the titular role, while Miranda (far left) accompanied Obama in the audience.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Gallery, Vega Alta barrio-pueblo, Puerto Rico

It received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Kitt in May 2018

Tom Kitt (musician)

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American composer, conductor, orchestrator, and musician.

American composer, conductor, orchestrator, and musician.

Kitt in May 2018

For his score for the musical Next to Normal, he shared the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Brian Yorkey.

Original Broadway windowcard

A Chorus Line

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1975 musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante.

1975 musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante.

Original Broadway windowcard

An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical received twelve Tony Award nominations and won nine, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Original Broadway poster (1949)

South Pacific (musical)

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Musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan.

Musical composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan.

Original Broadway poster (1949)
Rodgers (left) and Hammerstein
Ezio Pinza
Mary Martin
Playbill cover
From left: Logan, Rodgers, Hammerstein, Martin and Michener
Billis (Myron McCormick) and Bloody Mary (Juanita Hall) haggle over grass skirts as Bali Ha'i looms in the background
Juanita Hall as Bloody Mary
Emile (Pinza) decides whether to go with Cable (William Tabbert) and place his hoped-for life with Nellie at risk
The "Thanksgiving Follies", from the original production.
The final tableau from the original production
Ray Middleton and Mary Martin as Emile and Nellie in the original production (1950)
Florence Henderson as Nellie, 1967
"Happy Talk": Cable (William Tabbert) watches Liat (Betta St. John) and Bloody Mary (Hall).
Emile (Pinza) with his children.
Nellie (Martin) praises the laundry skills of Billis (McCormick) as his friends look on.
Mary Martin washed her hair onstage eight times a week.
Cover of original cast album
Baldwin, McEntire and Mitchell, 2005 concert DVD cover

The piece won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950.

First edition 1932

Of Thee I Sing

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Musical with a score by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind.

Musical with a score by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind.

First edition 1932
First edition 1932

In 1932, Of Thee I Sing was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Jerry Bock

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American musical theater composer.

American musical theater composer.

He received the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Sheldon Harnick for their 1959 musical Fiorello! and the Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist for the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof with Sheldon Harnick.