Musicals Set in the 1970s – A Full List

Whether you’re auditioning for musicals, setting up your rep book, or simply looking for some new musicals to get into, it’s good to get familiar with what’s out there. And that’s why we’ve put together this list for you! The most notable musicals set in the 1970s are included below.

The following list is broken down into two categories – “Musicals Fully Set in the 1970s” and “Musicals Partially Set in the 1970s”. Each category is sorted alphabetically.


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Musicals Fully Set in the 1970s

70, Girls, 70

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

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9 to 5

Music/Lyrics: Dolly Parton  Book: Patricia Resnick

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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A Chorus Line

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1975)

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A Night with Janis Joplin

Music/Lyrics: Janis Joplin  Book: Randy Johnson

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Ain’t Too Proud

Music/Lyrics: The Temptations  Book: Dominique Morisseau

Musical Type: Contemporary Jukebox (2017)

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All the Fun of the Fair

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jon Conway

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2008)

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Applause

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

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Ballroom

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

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Becoming Nancy

Music: George Stiles  Lyrics: Anthony Drewe  Book: Elliot Davis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2019)

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Cambodian Rock Band

Music/Lyrics/Book: Lauren Yee

Musical Type: Contemporary (2020)

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Disaster!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jack Plotnick, Seth Rudetsky

Musical Type: Contemporary Jukebox (2011)

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Disco Inferno

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jai Sepple

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2004)

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Fela!

Music/Lyrics: Fela Kuti  Book: Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis

Musical Type: Contemporary (2008)

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Follies

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: James Goldman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

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I Love My Wife

Music: Cy Coleman  Lyrics/Book: Michael Stewart

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1977)

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

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

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In Trousers

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1979)

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March of the Falsettos

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

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Miss Saigon

Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby Jr. Book: Boublil, Schönberg

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1989)

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No Way to Treat a Lady

Music/Lyrics/Book: Douglas J. Cohen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

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Passing Strange

Music/Lyrics/Book: Stew, Heidi Rodewald

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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Rocky

Music:  Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens  Book: Thomas Meehan, Sylvester Stallone

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Runaways

Music/Lyrics/Book: Elizabeth Swados

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

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Sarafina!

Music/Lyrics/Book: Mbongeni Ngema  Music/Lyrics: Hugh Masakela

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1987)

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Saturday Night Fever

Music/Lyrics: BeeGees, Others  Book: Knighton, Phillips, Nicholas, Stigwood

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1998)

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Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Keating, Ferguson, Hall

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1993)

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Seesaw

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1973)

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Sister Act

Music: Alan Menken  Lyrics: Glenn Slater  Book: Cheri & Bill Steinkellner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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The Last Sweet Days of Isaac

Music: Nancy Ford  Lyrics/Book: Gretchen Cryer

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1970)

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The View UpStairs

Music/Lyrics/Book: Max Vernon

Musical Type: Contemporary (2017)

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They’re Playing Our Song

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

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Musicals Partially Set in the 1970s

A Class Act

Music/Lyrics: Edward Kleban  Book: Linda Kline, Lonny Price

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

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Ain’t Too Proud

Music: The Temptations  Lyrics: The Temptations  Book: Dominique Morisseau

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

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Allegiance

Music/Lyrics: Jay Kuo  Book: Marc Acito, Jay Kuo

Musical Type: Contemporary (2012)

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Amélie

Music: Daniel Messé  Lyrics: Daniel Messé, Nathan Tysen  Book: Craig Lucas

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Douglas McGrath

Musical Type: Contemporary Jukebox (2013)

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Blood Brothers

Music/Lyrics/Book: Willy Russell

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1983)

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Boogie Nights

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Jon Conway

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary/Jukebox (1998)

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Chess

Music: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus  Lyrics: Tim Rice, Ulvaeus  Book: Richard Nelson, Rice

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1984)

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Dreamgirls

Music: Henry Krieger  Lyrics/Book: Tom Eyen

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

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Falsettos

Music/Lyrics/Book: William Finn  Book: James Lapine

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1992)

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Fun Home

Music: Jeanine Tesori  Lyrics/Book: Lisa Kron

Musical Type: Contemporary (2013)

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Grey Gardens

Music: Scott Frankel  Lyrics: Michael Korie  Book: Doug Wright

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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John & Jen

Music/Book: Andrew Lippa  Lyrics/Book: Tom Greenwald

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1995)

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Merrily We Roll Along

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim  Book: George Furth

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1981)

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MJ: The Musical

Music/Lyrics: Michael Jackson, Various  Book: Lynn Nottage

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2022)

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Motown: The Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Berry Gordy

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2013)

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Shout! The Mod Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Phillip George, David Lowenstein

Musical Type: Contemporary/Revue (2006)

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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, Des McAnuff

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2017)

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The Beautiful Game

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber  Lyrics/Book: Ben Elton

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1978)

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The Boy From Oz

Music/Lyrics: Peter Allen  Book: Nick Enright, Martin Sherman

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary Jukebox (1998)

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The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

Music/Lyrics/Book: Kirsten Childs

Musical Type: Contemporary (2000)

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The Cher Show

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Rick Elice

Musical Type: Contemporary Jukebox (2018)

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The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On

Music: Various  Book: Roger Bean

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2016)

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Music/Lyrics: Various  Book: Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar, Kees Prins

Musical Type: Contemporary/Jukebox (2018)

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Vanities

Music/Lyrics: David Kirshenbaum  Book: Jack Heifner

Musical Type: Contemporary (2006)

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

Or have you ever played a role in any of the above musicals set in the 1970s? Feel free to share in the comments! 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 Set in 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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