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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32 11
The Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Elephant Man Bernard Pomerance

2
23 6
Equus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Peter Shaffer

3
17 7
Deathtrap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Ira Levin

4
20 10
Plaza Suite is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Neil Simon

5
21 11
Butterflies Are Free is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Leonard Gershe

6
13 4
Sleuth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Sleuth Anthony Shaffer

7
19 10
Same Time, Next Year is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Bernard Slade

8
11 3
The Gin Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Gin Game Donald L. Coburn

9
10 4
The Shadow Box is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Shadow Box Michael Cristofer

10
13 7
California Suite is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Neil Simon

11
13 7
The Sunshine Boys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Neil Simon

12
11 6
The Ritz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Terrence McNally

13
11 6
The Prisoner of Second Avenue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

14
9 4
For Colored Girls Who Have Con... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf Ntozake Shange

15
8 4
Gemini is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Gemini Albert Innaurato

16
11 8
Yentl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Yentl Leah Napolin, Isaac Bashevis Singer

17
8 5
Chapter Two is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Neil Simon

18
7 4
Travesties is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Travesties Tom Stoppard

19
7 5
The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Neil Simon, Peter Link

20
6 4
Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Child's Play Robert Marasco

21
6 5
That Championship Season is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
That Championship Season Jason Miller

22
4 3
Sticks and Bones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Sticks and Bones David Rabe

23
4 3
God's Favorite is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Tom Islava added Neil Simon

24
7 7
Mummenschanz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Mummenschanz

25
6 6
Streamers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
David Rabe

26
5 7
The Runner Stumbles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The Runner Stumbles Milan Stitt

27
5 7
Absurd Person Singular is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Absurd Person Singular Alan Ayckbourn

28
4 6
6 Rms Riv Vu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
6 Rms Riv Vu Bob Randall

29
3 6
The River Niger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
The River Niger Joseph A. Walker

30
4 8
Dance With Me is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Dance With Me Greg Antonacci

31
2 6
Otherwise Engaged is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Otherwise Engaged Simon Gray

32
4 9
Sly Fox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Sly Fox Larry Gelbart

33
0 10
My Fat Friend is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
My Fat Friend Charles Laurence