Drama Desk Award For Outstanding Music
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Drama Desk Award For Outstanding Music
Drama Desk Award
for Outstanding Music
Awarded forOutstanding Music
LocationUnited States
Presented byDrama Desk
Currently held byDavid Yazbek for Tootsie (2019)

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. The award was originally entitled Best Composter, before being renamed to its current title in 1969. The award is often referred to as Outstanding Score of a Musical.

+ - indicates the performance won the Tony Award
? - indicates the performance was also nominated for the Tony Award

Winners and nominees


Year Composer Production
Al Carmines In Circles
Galt MacDermot Hair
Al Carmines Peace
Burt Bacharach Promises, Promises





Year Composer Production
Andrew Lippa The Wild Party
Shaun Davey James Joyce's The Dead ?
Stephen Sondheim Saturday Night
David Yazbek The Full Monty ?
Kirsten Childs The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
Stephen Flaherty Seussical
Mark Hollmann Urinetown +
Ed Kleban A Class Act ?
Laurence O'Keefe Bat Boy: The Musical
Jason Robert Brown The Last Five Years
Marvin Hamlisch Sweet Smell of Success ?
Jonathan Larson Tick, Tick... BOOM!
Jeanine Tesori Thoroughly Modern Millie ?
Marc Shaiman Hairspray +
Tim Acito Zanna, Don't!
Stephen Flaherty A Man of No Importance
Michel Legrand Amour ?
Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx Avenue Q +
Anderson Edwards, Keith Glover & Keb' Mo' Thunder Knocking on the Door
Jeanine Tesori Caroline, or Change ?
RaRa Avis & Andrew Yeater Ramayana 2K3
Boy George Taboo ?
Eric Rockwell The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)
Stephen Schwartz Wicked ?
Martin Silvestri & Joel Higgins Johnny Guitar
Adam Guettel The Light in the Piazza +
Gary Adler & Michael Patrick Walker Altar Boyz
Terry Davies Play Without Words
William Finn The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ?
Stephen Flaherty Dessa Rose
David Yazbek Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ?
Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison The Drowsy Chaperone +
Stephen Dolginoff Thrill Me
Scott Frankel Grey Gardens ?
Michael John LaChiusa See What I Wanna See
Peter Mills The Pursuit of Persephone
Matthew Sklar The Wedding Singer ?
Duncan Sheik Spring Awakening +
John Kander Curtains ?
Paul Leschen & Gila Sand Twist: Please, Sir, May I Have Some More?
Peter Rodgers Melnick Adrift in Macao
Lin-Manuel Miranda In the Heights +
Laurence O'Keefe & Nell Benjamin Legally Blonde ?
Heidi Rodewald & Stew Passing Strange ?
John Bucchino A Catered Affair
Stephen Flaherty The Glorious Ones
Tom Kitt Next to Normal +
Mark Mulcahy The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island
Joshua Schmidt Adding Machine
Elton John Billy Elliot the Musical ?
Neil Bartram The Story of My Life
Zina Goldrich Dear Edwina
Dolly Parton 9 to 5 ?
Stephen Sondheim Road Show
Jeanine Tesori Shrek the Musical ?


Year Composer Production
David Bryan Memphis +
Michael Friedman Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Joe Iconis Bloodsong of Love
John Kander & Fred Ebb The Scottsboro Boys ?
Andrew Lippa The Addams Family ?
Joseph Zellnik Yank!
Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone The Book of Mormon +
Brad Alexander See Rock City & Other Destinations
Alan Menken Sister Act ?
Marc Shaiman Catch Me If You Can
Mike Stoller & Artie Butler The People in the Picture
David Yazbek Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown ?
Alan Menken Newsies +
Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová Once
Michael John LaChiusa Queen of the Mist
Alan Menken Leap of Faith
Frank Wildhorn Bonnie & Clyde ?
Maury Yeston Death Takes a Holiday
David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Here Lies Love
Trey Anastasio & Amanda Green Hands on a Hardbody ?
Michael John LaChiusa Giant
Dave Malloy Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul A Christmas Story: The Musical ?
David Rossmer & Steve Rosen The Other Josh Cohen
Jason Robert Brown The Bridges of Madison County +
Andrew Lippa Big Fish
Steven Lutvak A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder ?
Alan Menken Aladdin ?
Kevin Murphy & Laurence O'Keefe Heathers: The Musical
Jeanine Tesori Fun Home +
Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton +
Jason Robert Brown Honeymoon in Vegas
Michael Friedman The Fortress of Solitude
John Kander The Visit ?
Dave Malloy Ghost Quartet
Sting The Last Ship ?
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell Bright Star ?
Sara Bareilles Waitress ?
Michael John LaChiusa First Daughter Suite
Andrew Lloyd Webber School of Rock ?
The Lobbyists SeaWife
David Yazbek The Band's Visit +
Stephen Flaherty Anastasia
Dave Malloy Beardo
Richard Oberacker Bandstand
Irene Sankoff & David Hein Come from Away ?
David Friedman Desperate Measures
The Bengsons The Lucky Ones
Ben Caplan & Christian Barry Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Erin McKeown Miss You Like Hell
Helen Park & Max Vernon KPOP
David Yazbek Tootsie ?
Andrew R. Butler Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
Joe Iconis Be More Chill ?
Peter Mills The Hello Girls
Mark Sonnenblick Midnight at the Never Get
Shaina Taub Twelfth Night

Multiple wins

Multiple nominations

See also


  • "Drama Desk Award for Music". Internet Broadway Database. 2008. Retrieved .

External links

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