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The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s

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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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    Otherwise Engaged

    Simon Gray
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    6
    12

    My Fat Friend

    Charles Laurence
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    7
    16

    The River Niger

    Joseph A. Walker
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    8
    18

    The Runner Stumbles

    Milan Stitt
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    37

    CharactersDoris, George Peters

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    5
    15

    Sly Fox

    Larry Gelbart
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    31

    Dance With Me

    Greg Antonacci
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    5
    19

    Streamers

    David Rabe

    CharactersCarlyle, Roger, Billy, Martin, Cokes

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    6
    27

    Absurd Person Singular

    Alan Ayckbourn
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