The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s

By 1.4k votes 268 voters 31k views 32 items tags f p @
What were the most popular and greatest Broadway musicals of the 70s? This list ranks the top Broadway musicals that first debuted in the 1970s. From Annie to Godspell, the 1970s produced some of the most groundbreaking shows in musical theater history. This list has the top Broadway musicals from the 1970s as ranked by theater lovers.

The 1970s proved to be a great time for change and growth on Broadway. Gone were the days of Oklahoma! and other conventional Broadway styles. Shows such as A Chorus Line found major success by combining music with dancing and other such theatrics. Musical Broadway in the 70s also saw the rise of two famous composers, Andrew Lloyd Webber (Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar) and Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd).

In the 70s, movie musicals also saw a rise following the success of Grease both on stage and off. Rock music began dominating the stage, over traditional Broadway styles, and thrived in shows such as The Me Nobody Knows and gave birth to the "rock opera," like Jesus Christ Superstar, by combining dialogue and music. 

The 1970s proved to be a decade of innovation and excitement in both musical and Broadway history. Vote up the best 1970s Broadway musical below and see where the musicals you think are the greatest of this era rank.
Collection Photo: user uploaded image
  • 2 ReRanks
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 75
    - 20

    Edward Kleban, Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch

    ;
  2. 2
    + 85
    - 27

    Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, John Kander

    ;
  3. 3
    + 75
    - 22
    ;
  4. 4
    + 70
    - 28

    Warren Casey, Jim Jacobs

    ;
  5. 5
    + 48
    - 14

    George Furth, Stephen Sondheim

    ;
  6. 6
    + 60
    - 29

    Andrew Lloyd Webber ^! Tim Rice

    ;
  7. 7
    + 56
    - 28

    Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse

    ;
  8. 8
    + 49
    - 23

    Stephen Schwartz, Roger O. Hirson

    ;
  9. 9
    + 48
    - 23

    Andrew Lloyd Webber ^! Tim Rice

    ;
  10. 10
    + 43
    - 20

    Charlie Smalls ^! William F. Brown

    ;
  11. 11
    + 39
    - 20

    John-Michael Tebelak, Stephen Schwartz

    ;
  12. 12
    + 28
    - 11

    James Goldman ^! Stephen Sondheim

    ;
  13. 13
    + 29
    - 15

    Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim

    ;
  14. 14
    + 20
    - 13

    Cy Coleman ^! Adolph Green ^! Betty Comden

    ;
  15. 15
    + 22
    - 15
    Dancin' is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s

    Dancin' Bob Fosse

  16. 16
    + 17
    - 14

    Philip Rose ^! James Lee Barrett ^! Gary Geld ^! Peter Udell

    ;
  17. 17
    + 14
    - 14

    Carol Hall ^! Larry L. King ^! Peter Masterson

    ;
  18. 18
    + 13
    - 13

    Richard Maltby^! Jr. ^! Murray Horwitz ^! Fats Waller

    ;
  19. 19
    + 15
    - 16

    Richard Rodgers ^! Mary Rodgers ^! Leonard Bernstein ^! Stephen Sondheim ...

    ;
  20. 20
    + 12
    - 13

    Marvin Hamlisch, Neil Simon, Carole Bayer Sager

    ;
  21. 21
    + 11
    - 14

    Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Charles Strouse

    ;
  22. 22
    + 6
    - 11

    Cy Coleman ^! Michael Stewart

    ;
  23. 23
    + 4
    - 9

    Richard Rodgers ^! Martin Charnin ^! Peter Stone

    ;
  24. 24
    + 6
    - 13

    Mel Shapiro ^! Galt MacDermot ^! John Guare

    ;
  25. 25
    + 6
    - 14

    Elizabeth Swados

    ;
  26. 26
    + 6
    - 15

    Bob Randall ^! Stephen Schwartz

    ;
  27. 27
    + 3
    - 12
    Eubie! is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s

    Eubie! Noble Sissle ^! Eubie Blake ^! F. E. Miller ^! Andy Razaf ^! Johnny ...

  28. 28
    + 4
    - 15

    Charlotte Zaltzberg, Robert Brittan, Judd Woldin

    ;
  29. 29
    + 3
    - 13
    The Rothschilds is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s

    The Rothschilds Sheldon Harnick ^! Jerry Bock ^! Sherman Yellen

  30. 30
    + 3
    - 14

    Michael Bennett ^! Dorothy Fields ^! Cy Coleman

    ;
  31. 31
    + 3
    - 14

    Richard M. Sherman ^! Robert B. Sherman ^! Will Holt

    ;
  32. 32
    + 2
    - 13

    Peter Stone ^! Jule Styne ^! Bob Merrill

    ;
33 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >