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The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s 

Buster McDermott
Updated June 14, 2019 775 votes 214 voters 17.3k views 33 items

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
Peter Shaffer
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Deathtrap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Ira Levin
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Plaza Suite is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Neil Simon
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Butterflies Are Free is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Leonard Gershe
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The Sunshine Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Neil Simon
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Same Time, Next Year is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Bernard Slade
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Sleuth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Sleuth Anthony Shaffer
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The Gin Game is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Gin Game Donald L. Coburn
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For Colored Girls Who Ha... is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The Ritz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Terrence McNally
12
California Suite is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Neil Simon
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Chapter Two is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Neil Simon
14
The Shadow Box is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Shadow Box Michael Cristofer
15
Yentl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Yentl Leah Napolin, Isaac Bashevis Singer
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Gemini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Gemini Albert Innaurato
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Mummenschanz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Mummenschanz
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The Prisoner of Second A... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Neil Simon, Peter Link
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That Championship Season... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
That Championship Season Jason Miller
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Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Child's Play Robert Marasco
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Sticks and Bones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Sticks and Bones David Rabe
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God's Favorite is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Tom Islava added Neil Simon
24
Travesties is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Travesties Tom Stoppard
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The Runner Stumbles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Runner Stumbles Milan Stitt