The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

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What are the best Broadway plays of the 1970s? This list has been ranked by theater lovers to determine the most greatest plays on Broadway in the 1970s, a decade of progressive change, rooted in politics and popular culture. The list below has all of the top Broadway plays, performed on Broadway during the 70s. 

Butterflies Are Free was one of the longest running shows of the 1970s with 1,128 total performances. Directed by Milton Katselas, the play opened at the Booth Theatre and told the story of a blind man whose controlling mother disapproves of his relationship with a free-spirited hippie. Set in New York City, the play became a hit and was nominated for two Tony Awards.

Another popular Broadway play of the 1970s, Deathtrap, ran for four years with almost 1,800 performances. Today, the play still currently holds the record for longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.

Other long-running Broadway plays of the 70s include Gemini, Equus, Plaza Suite, and The Prisoner of Second Avenue, each with strong Broadway runs and critical reception. What were the best Broadway shows of the 1970s? Cast your votes below to rank the absolute best Broadway plays of the 70s.


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    The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    The Elephant Man Bernard Pomerance

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    Mummenschanz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

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    Sleuth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

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    The Shadow Box is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    The Shadow Box Michael Cristofer

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    Neil Simon, Peter Link

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    The Gin Game is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    The Gin Game Donald L. Coburn

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    Yentl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    Yentl Leah Napolin, Isaac Bashevis Singer

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    Travesties is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    Travesties Tom Stoppard

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    Absurd Person Singular is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    Absurd Person Singular Alan Ayckbourn

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    That Championship Season is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    That Championship Season Jason Miller

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    For Colored Girls Who Have Con... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf Ntozake Shange

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    Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    Child's Play Robert Marasco

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    Sticks and Bones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    Sticks and Bones David Rabe

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    Dance With Me is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    Dance With Me Greg Antonacci

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    The Runner Stumbles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    The Runner Stumbles Milan Stitt

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    Gemini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    Gemini Albert Innaurato

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    Sly Fox is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    Sly Fox Larry Gelbart

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    The River Niger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    The River Niger Joseph A. Walker

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    Otherwise Engaged is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    Otherwise Engaged Simon Gray

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    My Fat Friend is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

    My Fat Friend Charles Laurence

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