The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s

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
    Edward Kleban , Nicholas Dante, Marvin Hamlisch
    • Characters: Zach, Sheila Bryant, Greg Gardner, Mike Costa, Don Kerr
  • Chicago
    Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb, John Kander
    • Characters: Velma Kelly, Billy Flynn, Roxie Hart, Amos Hart, Matron "Mama" Morton
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim
    • Characters: Sweeney Todd, Judge Turpin, Adolfo Pirelli, Mrs. Lovett, Tobias Ragg
  • Evita
    Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
    • Characters: Che Guevara, Eva Perón, Juan Perón, Perón's Mistress, Agustín Magaldi
  • Grease
    Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs
    • Characters: Sandy Olsson, Betty Rizzo, Danny Zuko, Frenchy, Principal McGee
  • Company
    George Furth , Stephen Sondheim
    • Characters: Jenny, Marta, Harry, Larry, Susan
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
    Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
    • Characters: Jesus, Pontius Pilate, Judas Iscariot, Apostle Peter, Mary Magdalene
  • Pippin
    Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson
    • Characters: Catherine, Berthe, Pippin, Fastrada, Charles
  • Annie
    Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse
    • Characters: Annie, Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, Miss Agatha Hannigan, Daniel Francis "Rooster" Hannigan, Lily St. Regis
  • Hair
    Gerome Ragni , Galt MacDermot, James Rado
    • Characters: Sheila Franklin, George Berger, Woof, Claude Hooper Bukowski, Jeannie Ryan
  • The Wiz
    Charlie Smalls , William F. Brown
    • Characters: Wicked Witch of the West, Dorothy Gale, Scarecrow, The Wizard, Good Witch of the North
  • A Little Night Music
    Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim
    • Characters: Desiree Armfeldt, Charlotte Malcolm, Henrik Egerman, Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Anne Egerman
  • Godspell
    John-Michael Tebelak , Stephen Schwartz
    • Characters: Jesus, Judas Iscariot, Apostle Peter, John the Baptist
  • Follies
    James Goldman , Stephen Sondheim
    • Characters: Benjamin, Phyllis Rogers Stone, Buddy, Sally Durant Plummer
  • Ain't Misbehavin'
    Richard Maltby, Jr., Murray Horwitz
    • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
      Carol Hall , Larry L. King, Peter Masterson
      • Characters: Melvin, Sheriff, Deputy Fred, Miss Mona Stangley
    • They're Playing Our Song
      Marvin Hamlisch , Neil Simon, Carole Bayer Sager
      • Characters: Vernon Gersch, Sonia Walsk
    • Pacific Overtures
      John Weidman , Hugh Wheeler, Stephen Sondheim
      • Characters: The Reciter
    • Side by Side by Sondheim
      Richard Rodgers , Mary Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein
      • On the Twentieth Century
        Cy Coleman , Adolph Green, Betty Comden
        • Dancin'
          Bob Fosse,
          • Sugar
            Peter Stone , Jule Styne, Bob Merrill
            • Characters: Osgood Fielding, Jr., Jerry, Daphne, Joe
          • Applause
            Adolph Green , Betty Comden, Charles Strouse
            • Characters: Eve Harrington, Margo Channing, Howard Benedict, gypsy, Buzz Richards
          • Raisin
            Charlotte Zaltzberg , Robert Brittan, Judd Woldin