plays The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s  

Buster McDermott
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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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The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Elephant Man Bernard Pomerance

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Equus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Equus Peter Shaffer

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Deathtrap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Deathtrap Ira Levin

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Butterflies Are Free is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Butterflies Are Free Leonard Gershe

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The Gin Game is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Gin Game Donald L. Coburn

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Sleuth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Sleuth Anthony Shaffer

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Same Time, Next Year is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Same Time, Next Year Bernard Slade

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Plaza Suite is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Plaza Suite Neil Simon

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The Sunshine Boys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Sunshine Boys Neil Simon

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The Shadow Box is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Shadow Box Michael Cristofer

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The Prisoner of Second Avenue is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

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The Ritz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Ritz Terrence McNally

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California Suite is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
California Suite Neil Simon

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Gemini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Gemini Albert Innaurato

The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked

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For Colored Girls Who Have Con... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf Ntozake Shange

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Travesties is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Travesties Tom Stoppard

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7 4
Chapter Two is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Chapter Two Neil Simon

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7 4
The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Good Doctor Neil Simon, Peter Link

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6 3
Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Child's Play Robert Marasco

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Yentl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Yentl Leah Napolin, Isaac Bashevis Singer

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Sticks and Bones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Sticks and Bones David Rabe

The Best Broadway Shows Right Now

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Mummenschanz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Mummenschanz

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Streamers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Streamers David Rabe

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That Championship Season is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
That Championship Season Jason Miller

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Absurd Person Singular is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Absurd Person Singular Alan Ayckbourn

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The Runner Stumbles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Runner Stumbles Milan Stitt

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God's Favorite is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Tom Islava added God's Favorite Neil Simon

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The River Niger is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The River Niger Joseph A. Walker

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Dance With Me is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Dance With Me Greg Antonacci

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Sly Fox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Sly Fox Larry Gelbart

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6 Rms Riv Vu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
6 Rms Riv Vu Bob Randall

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Otherwise Engaged is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Otherwise Engaged Simon Gray

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My Fat Friend is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
My Fat Friend Charles Laurence