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Between Schwartz and Sondheim, the world of musical theater in the 1970s belonged to the Stephens. The two composers were multiple nominees for the Grammy Award for Best musical Theater Album during these decade – and winners, too. But they are just two of the talented individuals from the realm of musicals honored by the Grammys during that time. The best musical theater albums of the 1970s are a formidable bunch.

What cast recordings will you find on this list of 1970s best musical theater albums? Before the Rocky Horror Picture Show became one of the most popular cult films of all time, The Rocky Horror Show premiered on stage in 1973. The production, which was created by Richard O'Brien, was even nominated for a Grammy Award in 1975. Two Gentlemen of Verona, a tuneful twist on the Shakespeare classic, was another popular musical from the decade. Grease debuted in 1971 and made its way to Broadway the following year. Other good recordings featured on this roundup of 1970s Grammy-nominated musical theater albums include Annie and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Is your favorite album among these best 1970s album nominees? Give your personal picks for best cast recording a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list.

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The Rocky Horror Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
The Rocky Horror Show Richard O'Brien - Nominated in 1975.

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Godspell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Godspell John-Michael Tebelak , Stephen Schwartz - Won in 1972.

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Company is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Company George Furth , Stephen Sondheim - Won in 1971.

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Chicago Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander - Nominated in 1976.

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The Best Little Whorehouse in ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Carol Hall ^! Larry L. King ^! Peter Masterson - Nominated in 1979.

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Cyrano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Cyrano Anthony Burgess - Nominated in 1974.

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The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
The Wiz Charlie Smalls , William F. Brown - Won in 1976.

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Your Arms Too Short to Box wit... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Your Arms Too Short to Box with God Vinnette Justine Carroll ^! Micki Grant ^! Professor Alex Bradford - Nominated in 1978.

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Ain't Misbehavin' is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Ain't Misbehavin' Richard Maltby, Jr. , Murray Horwitz - Won in 1979.

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A Little Night Music is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
A Little Night Music Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim - Won in 1974.

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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
A Chorus Line Edward Kleban , Nicholas Dante , Marvin Hamlisch - Nominated in 1976.

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Annie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Annie Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan , Charles Strouse - Won in 1978.

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Beatlemania is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Beatlemania John Lennon ^! Paul McCartney ^! Lynda Obst ^! Bob Gill ^! John Lennon & Paul McCartney - Nominated in 1979.

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Pippin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Pippin Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson - Nominated in 1974.

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Follies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Follies James Goldman ^! Stephen Sondheim - Nominated in 1972.

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The King and I is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
The King and I Richard Rodgers , Oscar Hammerstein II - Nominated in 1979.

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Zorba is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Zorba Fred Ebb ^! John Kander ^! Joseph Stein - Nominated in 1970.

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
My Fair Lady Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner - Nominated in 1977.

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Guys and Dolls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Guys and Dolls Jo Swerling , Abe Burrows , Frank Loesser - Nominated in 1978.

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Raisin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Raisin Charlotte Zaltzberg , Robert Brittan , Judd Woldin - Won in 1975.

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Promises, Promises is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Promises, Promises Hal David , Neil Simon , Burt Bacharach - Won in 1970.

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1776 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
1776 Sherman Edwards , Peter Stone - Nominated in 1970.

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Applause is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Applause Adolph Green , Betty Comden , Charles Strouse - Nominated in 1971.

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Coco is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Coco Alan Jay Lerner ^! André Previn - Nominated in 1971.

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Dames at Sea is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Dames at Sea Robin Miller ^! George Haimsohn - Nominated in 1970.

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Rex is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Rex Richard Rodgers ^! Sheldon Harnick ^! Sherman Yellen - Nominated in 1977.

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Grease Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs - Nominated in 1973.

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Bubbling Brown Sugar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Bubbling Brown Sugar Loften Mitchell - Won in 1977.

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Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Shenandoah Philip Rose ^! James Lee Barrett ^! Gary Geld ^! Peter Udell - Nominated in 1976.

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Pacific Overtures is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Pacific Overtures John Weidman , Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim - Nominated in 1977.

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Two Gentlemen of Verona is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Two Gentlemen of Verona Mel Shapiro , Galt MacDermot , John Guare - Nominated in 1973.

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Two by Two is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Two by Two Richard Rodgers ^! Martin Charnin ^! Peter Stone - Nominated in 1972.

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Oh! Calcutta! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Oh! Calcutta! Kenneth Tynan - Nominated in 1970.

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The Rothschilds is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
The Rothschilds Sheldon Harnick ^! Jerry Bock ^! Sherman Yellen - Nominated in 1972.

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Purlie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Purlie Philip Rose ^! Ossie Davis ^! Gary Geld ^! Peter Udell - Nominated in 1971.

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Joy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Joy Nominated in 1971.

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The Man From The East is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
The Man From The East Stomu Yamashta - Nominated in 1974.

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Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope Micki Grant - Won in 1973.

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Sugar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Sugar Peter Stone ^! Jule Styne ^! Bob Merrill - Nominated in 1973.

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I Love My Wife is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
I Love My Wife Cy Coleman ^! Michael Stewart - Nominated in 1978.

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Ain't Supposed to Die a Natura... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death Melvin Van Peebles - Nominated in 1973.

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Let My People Come is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Let My People Come Earl Wilson^! Jr. - Nominated in 1975.

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On the Twentieth Century is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
On the Twentieth Century Cy Coleman ^! Adolph Green ^! Betty Comden - Nominated in 1979.

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Over Here! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Over Here! Richard M. Sherman ^! Robert B. Sherman ^! Will Holt - Nominated in 1975.

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Side by Side by Sondheim is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Side by Side by Sondheim Richard Rodgers ^! Mary Rodgers ^! Leonard Bernstein ^! Stephen Sondheim ^! Jule Styne - Nominated in 1977.

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Starting Here, Starting Now is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Starting Here, Starting Now Richard Maltby^! Jr. ^! David Shire - Nominated in 1978.

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Seesaw is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Seesaw Michael Bennett ^! Dorothy Fields ^! Cy Coleman - Nominated in 1974.

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The Magic Show is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
The Magic Show Bob Randall ^! Stephen Schwartz - Nominated in 1975.

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Touch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
Touch Nominated in 1972.

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A Little Night Music is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Grammy-Nominated Musical Theater Albums of the 1970s
A Little Night Music Jennifer Manocherian ^! Eric Falkenstein ^! Jerry Frankel ^! Elaine Krauss ^! Daryl Roth ^! Richard Frankel ^! Jane Bergère ^! Harriet Leve ^! Anna Czekaj ^! Douglas L. Meyer ^! Tom Viertel ^! Andrew Fell ^! Roger S. Berlind ^! M. Beverly Bartner ^! Ronald Frankel ^! Nica Burns ^! Max Weitzenhoffer ^! Harvey Weinstein ^! Marc Routh ^! Steven Baruch ^! James D. Stern - Nominated in 1976.