Broadway 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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285 104
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

2
243 91
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim

3
272 114
Grease is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs

4
221 87
A Chorus Line is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Edward Kleban , Nicholas Dante , Marvin Hamlisch

5
174 84
Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

6
148 65
Evita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

7
194 104
Annie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan , Charles Strouse

8
132 65
Company is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
George Furth , Stephen Sondheim

9
135 73
Pippin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson

10
112 70
The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Charlie Smalls , William F. Brown

11
105 64
Godspell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
John-Michael Tebelak , Stephen Schwartz

12
72 52
A Little Night Music is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim

13
73 55
Follies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
James Goldman , Stephen Sondheim

14
42 25
Hair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
2021asr2 added Gerome Ragni , Galt MacDermot , James Rado

15
45 52
The Best Little Whorehouse in ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Carol Hall , Larry L. King , Peter Masterson

16
41 48
Ain't Misbehavin' is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Murray Horwitz

17
45 55
Dancin' is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Dancin' Bob Fosse

18
40 53
Side by Side by Sondheim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Richard Rodgers , Mary Rodgers , Leonard Bernstein

19
33 44
They're Playing Our Song is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Marvin Hamlisch , Neil Simon , Carole Bayer Sager

20
37 53
On the Twentieth Century is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Cy Coleman , Adolph Green , Betty Comden

21
33 51
Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Philip Rose , James Lee Barrett , Gary Geld

22
16 27
Pacific Overtures is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Tom Islava added John Weidman , Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim

23
27 52
Applause is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Adolph Green , Betty Comden , Charles Strouse

24
19 48
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

25
16 44
Seesaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Michael Bennett , Dorothy Fields , Cy Coleman