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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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6 Rms Riv Vu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
6 Rms Riv Vu Bob Randall
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Streamers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
David Rabe
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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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Absurd Person Singular ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Absurd Person Singular Alan Ayckbourn
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Otherwise Engaged is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Otherwise Engaged Simon Gray
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Dance With Me is listed (or ranked) 31 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) 32 on the list The Best Broadway Plays of the 70s
Sly Fox Larry Gelbart
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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