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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274 103
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

2
237 88
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
266 112
Grease is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs

4
215 84
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
168 83
Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

6
143 65
Evita is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

7
189 100
Annie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan , Charles Strouse

8
129 64
Company is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
George Furth , Stephen Sondheim

9
133 70
Pippin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson

10
111 68
The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Charlie Smalls , William F. Brown

11
102 62
Godspell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
John-Michael Tebelak , Stephen Schwartz

12
69 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
40 22
Hair is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
2021asr2 added Gerome Ragni , Galt MacDermot , James Rado

14
69 55
Follies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
James Goldman , Stephen Sondheim

15
44 50
Dancin' is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Dancin' Bob Fosse

16
43 50
The Best Little Whorehouse in ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Carol Hall , Larry L. King , Peter Masterson

17
40 46
Ain't Misbehavin' is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Murray Horwitz

18
40 50
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
32 43
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
35 52
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 49
Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Philip Rose , James Lee Barrett , Gary Geld

22
14 26
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
26 50
Applause is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Adolph Green , Betty Comden , Charles Strouse

24
19 45
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 42
Seesaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Michael Bennett , Dorothy Fields , Cy Coleman

26
17 46
The Magic Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Bob Randall , Stephen Schwartz

27
12 42
I Love My Wife is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Cy Coleman , Michael Stewart

28
12 42
Raisin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Charlotte Zaltzberg , Robert Brittan , Judd Woldin

29
12 43
Runaways is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Elizabeth Swados

30
12 43
Sugar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Peter Stone , Jule Styne , Bob Merrill

31
11 41
Over Here! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Richard M. Sherman , Robert B. Sherman , Will Holt

32
8 37
Two by Two is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Richard Rodgers , Martin Charnin , Peter Stone

33
9 40
Eubie! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Eubie! Noble Sissle , Eubie Blake , F. E. Miller

34
10 46
The Rothschilds is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
The Rothschilds Sheldon Harnick , Jerry Bock , Sherman Yellen