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The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

What are the best Broadway plays of the 1970s? This list has been ranked by theater lovers to determine the most greatest plays on Broadway in the 1970s, a decade of progressive change, rooted in politics and popular culture. The list below has all of the top Broadway plays, performed on Broadway during the 70s. 

Butterflies Are Free was one of the longest running shows of the 1970s with 1,128 total performances. Directed by Milton Katselas, the play opened at the Booth Theatre and told the story of a blind man whose controlling mother disapproves of his relationship with a free-spirited hippie. Set in New York City, the play became a hit and was nominated for two Tony Awards.

Another popular Broadway play of the 1970s, Deathtrap, ran for four years with almost 1,800 performances. Today, the play still currently holds the record for longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.

Other long-running Broadway plays of the 70s include Gemini, Equus, Plaza Suite, and The Prisoner of Second Avenue, each with strong Broadway runs and critical reception. What were the best Broadway shows of the 1970s? Cast your votes below to rank the absolute best Broadway plays of the 70s.


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list ordered by
  • The Elephant Man
    2

    The Elephant Man

  • Sleuth
    3
  • Equus
    5
  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf
    8

    For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf

  • The Gin Game
    11

    The Gin Game

  • Child's Play
    12

    Child's Play

  • Gemini
    13

    Gemini

  • The Runner Stumbles
    14

    The Runner Stumbles

  • That Championship Season
    16

    That Championship Season

  • Yentl
    20
  • The Ritz
    22
  • Sticks and Bones
    23

    Sticks and Bones

  • The River Niger
    24

    The River Niger

  • Mummenschanz
    25

    Mummenschanz