arts The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s  

Buster McDermott
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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.
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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
A Chorus Line Edward Kleban , Nicholas Dante , Marvin Hamlisch

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115 39
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim

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135 51
Grease is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Grease Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs

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127 47
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Chicago Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

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76 27
Company is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Company George Furth , Stephen Sondheim

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99 50
Annie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Annie Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan , Charles Strouse

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77 34
Evita is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Evita Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

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90 44
Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Jesus Christ Superstar Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

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72 34
Pippin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Pippin Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson

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68 33
The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
The Wiz Charlie Smalls , William F. Brown

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59 30
Godspell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Godspell John-Michael Tebelak , Stephen Schwartz

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42 20
Follies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Follies James Goldman , Stephen Sondheim

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39 25
A Little Night Music is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
A Little Night Music Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim

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22 19
The Best Little Whorehouse in ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Carol Hall , Larry L. King , Peter Masterson

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18 17
Ain't Misbehavin' is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Ain't Misbehavin' Richard Maltby, Jr. , Murray Horwitz

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23 23
On the Twentieth Century is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
On the Twentieth Century Cy Coleman ^! Adolph Green ^! Betty Comden

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23 24
Dancin' is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Dancin' Bob Fosse

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2 1
Pacific Overtures is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Tom Islava added Pacific Overtures John Weidman ^! Hugh Wheeler ^! Stephen Sondheim

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19 23
Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Shenandoah Philip Rose ^! James Lee Barrett ^! Gary Geld ^! Peter Udell

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19 23
Side by Side by Sondheim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Side by Side by Sondheim Richard Rodgers ^! Mary Rodgers ^! Leonard Bernstein ^! Stephen Sondheim ^! Jule Styne

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16 20
They're Playing Our Song is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
They're Playing Our Song Marvin Hamlisch , Neil Simon , Carole Bayer Sager

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15 19
Applause is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Applause Adolph Green , Betty Comden , Charles Strouse

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9 16
Runaways is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Runaways Elizabeth Swados

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10 19
The Magic Show is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
The Magic Show Bob Randall ^! Stephen Schwartz

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9 18
Two Gentlemen of Verona is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Two Gentlemen of Verona Mel Shapiro ^! Galt MacDermot ^! John Guare

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8 17
Seesaw is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Seesaw Michael Bennett ^! Dorothy Fields ^! Cy Coleman

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7 16
Sugar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Sugar Peter Stone ^! Jule Styne ^! Bob Merrill

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7 17
Raisin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Raisin Charlotte Zaltzberg , Robert Brittan , Judd Woldin

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4 13
Two by Two is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Two by Two Richard Rodgers ^! Martin Charnin ^! Peter Stone

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6 16
I Love My Wife is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
I Love My Wife Cy Coleman ^! Michael Stewart

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6 16
The Rothschilds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
The Rothschilds Sheldon Harnick ^! Jerry Bock ^! Sherman Yellen

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4 14
Eubie! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Eubie! Noble Sissle ^! Eubie Blake ^! F. E. Miller ^! Andy Razaf ^! Johnny Brandon ^! James Reese Europe

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5 18
Over Here! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Over Here! Richard M. Sherman , Robert B. Sherman , Will Holt