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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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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander
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A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Edward Kleban , Nicholas Dante , Marvin Hamlisch
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim
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Grease is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs
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Evita is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Evita
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
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Pippin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson
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Company is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
George Furth , Stephen Sondheim
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Jesus Christ Superstar ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice
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Annie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan , Charles Strouse
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Godspell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
John-Michael Tebelak , Stephen Schwartz
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The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Charlie Smalls , William F. Brown
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Hair is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
2021asr2 added Hair
Gerome Ragni , Galt MacDermot , James Rado
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A Little Night Music is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim
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Follies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
James Goldman , Stephen Sondheim
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Ain't Misbehavin' is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Murray Horwitz
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The Best Little Whorehou... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Carol Hall , Larry L. King , Peter Masterson
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Side by Side by Sondheim... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Richard Rodgers , Mary Rodgers , Leonard Bernstein
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Dancin' is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Bob Fosse
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On the Twentieth Century... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Cy Coleman , Adolph Green , Betty Comden
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They're Playing Our Song... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Marvin Hamlisch , Neil Simon , Carole Bayer Sager
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Pacific Overtures is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Tom Islava added
John Weidman , Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim
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Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Philip Rose , James Lee Barrett , Gary Geld
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Applause is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Adolph Green , Betty Comden , Charles Strouse
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Two Gentlemen of Verona ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Mel Shapiro , Galt MacDermot , John Guare
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Seesaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Michael Bennett , Dorothy Fields , Cy Coleman