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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1
260 97
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Bob Fosse , Fred Ebb , John Kander

2
225 85
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
259 106
Grease is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Warren Casey , Jim Jacobs

4
203 79
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
139 63
Evita is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

6
183 96
Annie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Martin Charnin , Thomas Meehan , Charles Strouse

7
161 80
Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Andrew Lloyd Webber , Tim Rice

8
130 67
Pippin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Stephen Schwartz , Roger O. Hirson

9
125 63
Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
George Furth , Stephen Sondheim

10
109 66
The Wiz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Charlie Smalls , William F. Brown

11
99 60
Godspell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
John-Michael Tebelak , Stephen Schwartz

12
65 51
A Little Night Music is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim

13
66 53
Follies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
James Goldman , Stephen Sondheim

14
37 21
Hair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
1516816248992 added Gerome Ragni , Galt MacDermot , James Rado

15
43 48
Dancin' is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Dancin' Bob Fosse

16
42 48
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
38 44
Ain't Misbehavin' is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Richard Maltby, Jr. , Murray Horwitz

18
38 48
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
30 41
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
34 49
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
32 47
Shenandoah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Philip Rose , James Lee Barrett , Gary Geld

22
25 48
Applause is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Adolph Green , Betty Comden , Charles Strouse

23
11 25
Pacific Overtures is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Tom Islava added John Weidman , Hugh Wheeler , Stephen Sondheim

24
18 43
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
15 40
Seesaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Michael Bennett , Dorothy Fields , Cy Coleman

26
15 44
The Magic Show is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Bob Randall , Stephen Schwartz

27
11 40
I Love My Wife is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Cy Coleman , Michael Stewart

28
11 40
Raisin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Charlotte Zaltzberg , Robert Brittan , Judd Woldin

29
11 41
Runaways is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Elizabeth Swados

30
10 42
Sugar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Peter Stone , Jule Styne , Bob Merrill

31
9 40
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 38
Eubie! is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Eubie! Noble Sissle , Eubie Blake , F. E. Miller

33
7 35
Two by Two is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Musicals of the '70s
Richard Rodgers , Martin Charnin , Peter Stone

34
9 42
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