Musicals of the 1970s – A Complete Ordered List

The musicals of the 1970s showed off a larger range of music genres and plots than the musicals that came before them. A few of the popular trends at the time included rock/folk music, Sondheim shows, religious themes, slightly experimental plots, and emerging cultural diversity.

The 1970s marked the beginning of the pre-contemporary musical theatre time period. And the most notable musicals of the decade are included below.


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Contents:

1970 Musicals

1971 Musicals

1972 Musicals

1973 Musicals

1974 Musicals

1975 Musicals

1976 Musicals

1977 Musicals

1978 Musicals

1979 Musicals


1970 Musicals

Applause

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Lee Adams  Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)


Company

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: George Furth

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)


Jesus Christ Superstar

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)


Minnie’s Boys

Music: Larry Grossman  Lyrics: Hal Hackady  Book: Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)


Purlie

Music: Gary Geld  Lyrics/Book: Peter Udell  Book: Ossie Davis, Philip Rose

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)


The Last Sweet Days of Isaac

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)


The Me Nobody Knows

Music: Gary William Friedman  Lyrics: Will Holt  Book: Livingston, Schapiro, Joseph

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)


The Rothschilds

Music: Jerry Bock  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Sherman Yellen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)


Two by Two

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Martin Charnin  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)


1971 Musicals

70, Girls, 70

Music: John Kander  Lyrics/Book: Fred Ebb  Book: Norman L. Martin

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)


Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope

Music/Lyrics: Micki Grant

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1971)


Follies

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Goldman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)


Godspell

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: John-Michael Tebelak

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)


Grease

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)


The Grass Harp

Music: Claibe Richardson  Lyrics/Book: Kenward Elmslie

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)


Two Gentlemen of Verona

Music: Galt MacDermot  Lyrics/Book: John Guare  Book: Mel Shapiro

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)


1972 Musicals

Don’t Play Us Cheap

Music/Lyrics/Book: Melvin Van Peebles

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)


Pippin

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Roger O. Hirson, Bob Fosse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)


Something’s Afoot

Music/Lyrics/Book: James McDonald, David Vos, Robert Gerlach, Ed Linderman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)


Sugar

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Bob Merrill  Book: Peter Stone

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1972)


1973 Musicals

A Little Night Music

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Hugh Wheeler

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)


Cyrano

Music: Michael J. Lewis  Lyrics/Book: Anthony Burgess

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)


Gigi

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)


Raisin

Music: Judd Woldin  Lyrics: Robert Brittan  Book: Robert B. Nemiroff, Charlotte Zaltzberg

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)


Seesaw

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics: Dorothy Fields  Book: Michael Bennett

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)


The Rocky Horror Show

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard O’Brien

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)


1974 Musicals

Lorelei

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Adolph Green, Betty Comden, Leo Robin  Book: Kenny Solms, Gail Parent

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)


Mack & Mabel

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)


Over Here!

Music/Lyrics: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman  Book: Will Holt

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)


Shenandoah

Music: Gary Geld  Lyrics/Book: Peter Udell  Book: Philip Rose, James Lee Barrett

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)


The Frogs

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Burt Shevelove, Nathan Lane

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)


The Magic Show

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Bob Randall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)


The Wiz

Music/Lyrics: Smalls, Graphenreed, Wheeler, Faison, Vandross, Walzer  Book: William Brown

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1974)


1975 Musicals

A Chorus Line

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: Edward Kleban  Book: James Kirkwood Jr., Nicholas Dante

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)


By Jeeves

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Alan Ayckbourn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)


Chicago

Music: John Kander  Lyrics/Book: Fred Ebb  Book: Bob Fosse

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)


Goodtime Charley

Music: Larry Grossman  Lyrics: Hal Hackady  Book: Sidney Michaels

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)


Philemon

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Tom Jones

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)


Snoopy!!!

Music: Larry Grossman  Lyrics: Hal Hackady  Book: Warren Lockhart, Arthur Whitelaw, Michael Grace

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)


The Robber Bridegroom

Music: Robert Waldman  Lyrics/Book: Alfred Uhry

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)


Thomas and the King

Music: John Williams  Lyrics: James Harbert  Book: Edward Anhalt

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)


1976 Musicals

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)


Annie

Music: Charles Strouse  Lyrics: Martin Charnin  Book:  Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)


Bubbling Brown Sugar

Music: Various  Book: Loften Mitchell  Concept: Rosetta LeNoire

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1976)


Bugsy Malone

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Alan Parker

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)


Evita

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)


Pacific Overtures

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: John Weidman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)


Rex

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick  Book: Sherman Yellen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)


Selma

Music/Lyrics/Book: Tommy Butler

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1976)


Side by Side by Sondheim

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers, Jule Styne

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1976)


Starting Here, Starting Now

Music/Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr., David Shire

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1976)


1977 Musicals

I Love My Wife

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)


The Act

Music: John Kander  Lyrics: Fred Ebb  Book: George Furth

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)


Working

Music/Lyrics/Book: Schwartz, Carnelia, Grant, M. Rodgers, Taylor, Birkenhead, Faso

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)


1978 Musicals

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Music: Fats Waller  Lyrics: Various  Book: Murray Horwitz, Richard Maltby Jr.

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1978)


Ballroom

Music: Billy Goldenberg  Lyrics: Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman  Book: Jerome Kass

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)


I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)


On the Twentieth Century

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Betty Comden, Adolph Green

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)


Runaways

Music/Lyrics/Book: Elizabeth Swados

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)


The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Music/Lyrics: Carol Hall  Book: Larry L. King, Peter Masterson

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)


The Grand Tour

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)


They’re Playing Our Song

Music: Marvin Hamlisch  Lyrics: Carole Bayer Sager  Book: Neil Simon

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)


1979 Musicals

A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine

Music: Frank Lazarus, Various  Lyrics/Book: Dick Vosburgh

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1979)


I Remember Mama

Music: Richard Rodgers  Lyrics: Martin Charnin, Raymond Jessel  Book: Thomas Meehan

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)


In Trousers

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)


One Mo’ Time

Music/Lyrics: Various  Conceived by: Vernel Bagneris

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1979)


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Hugh Wheeler

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)


Tell Me on a Sunday

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Don Black

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)


Tintypes

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Mel Marvin, Gary Pearle

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Revue (1979)


Other Decades

Musicals of the 1920s

Musicals of the 1930s

Golden Age Musicals (1940 – 1959)

Post-Golden Age Musicals (1960 – 1969)

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Musicals of the 1980s

Musicals of the 1990s

Musicals of the 2000s

Musicals of the 2010s

Musicals of the 2020s


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Which of these musicals of the 1970s is your favorite?

Or have you ever played a role in any of these 1970s musicals? Feel free to share in the comments below! And if you like these types of lists, check out the musical database. That’s where you’ll find musicals sorted by composer, theme, setting, and more!


Stacy Karyn, author of Musicals of the 1970s.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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