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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1970 Musicals


Applause  (1970)

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

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Company  (1970)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: George Furth

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Jesus Christ Superstar  (1970)

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

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Minnie’s Boys  (1970)

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

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Purlie  (1970)

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

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The Last Sweet Days of Isaac  (1970)

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

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The Me Nobody Knows  (1970)

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

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The Rothschilds  (1970)

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

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Two by Two  (1970)

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

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1971 Musicals


70, Girls, 70  (1971)

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

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Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope  (1971)

Music/Lyrics: Micki Grant

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Follies  (1971)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Goldman

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Godspell  (1971)

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

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Grease  (1971)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey

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The Grass Harp  (1971)

Music: Claibe Richardson  Lyrics/Book: Kenward Elmslie

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Two Gentlemen of Verona  (1971)

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

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1972 Musicals


Don’t Play Us Cheap  (1972)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Melvin Van Peebles

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Pippin  (1972)

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

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Sugar  (1972)

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

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1973 Musicals


A Little Night Music  (1973)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Hugh Wheeler

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Cyrano  (1973)

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

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Gigi  (1973)

Music: Frederick Loewe  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

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Raisin  (1973)

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

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Seesaw  (1973)

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

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The Rocky Horror Show  (1973)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Richard O’Brien

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1974 Musicals


Lorelei  (1974)

Music: Jule Styne  Lyrics: Adolph Green, Betty Comden  Book: Solms, Parent

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Mack & Mabel  (1974)

Music/Lyrics: Jerry Herman  Book: Michael Stewart

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Over Here!  (1974)

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

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Shenandoah  (1974)

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

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The Frogs  (1974)

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

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The Magic Show  (1974)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz  Book: Bob Randall

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The Wiz  (1974)

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

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1975 Musicals


A Chorus Line  (1975)

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

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By Jeeves  (1975)

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Alan Ayckbourn

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Chicago  (1975)

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

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Goodtime Charley  (1975)

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

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Philemon  (1975)

Music: Harvey Schmidt  Lyrics/Book: Tom Jones

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Snoopy!!!  (1975)

Music: Larry Grossman Lyrics: Hal Hackady Book: Lockhart, Whitelaw, Grac

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The Robber Bridegroom  (1975)

Music: Robert Waldman  Lyrics/Book: Alfred Uhry

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1976 Musicals


1600 Pennsylvania Avenue  (1976)

Music: Leonard Bernstein  Lyrics/Book: Alan Jay Lerner

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Annie  (1976)

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

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Bubbling Brown Sugar  (1976)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Loften Mitchell

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Bugsy Malone  (1976)

Music/Lyrics: Paul Williams  Book: Alan Parker

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Evita  (1976)

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Tim Rice

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Pacific Overtures  (1976)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: John Weidman

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Side by Side by Sondheim  (1976)

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

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Starting Here, Starting Now  (1976)

Music/Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr., David Shire

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1977 Musicals


I Love My Wife  (1977)

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Michael Stewart

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The Act  (1977)

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

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Working  (1977)

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

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1978 Musicals


Ain’t Misbehavin’  (1978)

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

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Ballroom  (1978)

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

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I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road  (1978)

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

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On the Twentieth Century  (1978)

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

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Runaways  (1978)

Music/Lyrics/Book: Elizabeth Swados

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas  (1978)

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

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The Grand Tour  (1978)

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

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They’re Playing Our Song  (1978)

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

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1979 Musicals


A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine  (1979)

Music: Frank Lazarus  Lyrics/Book: Dick Vosburgh

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One Mo’ Time  (1979)

Music/Lyrics: Various  Conceived by: Vernel Bagneris

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  (1979)

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: Hugh Wheeler

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Tell Me on a Sunday  (1979)

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics: Don Black

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Tintypes  (1979)

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

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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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