70, Girls, 70 is a musical with a book by Fred Ebb and Norman L. Martin adapted by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Ebb, and music by John Kander.
Based on the 1958 play Breath of Spring by Peter Coke, the plot concerns a group of larcenous old folks who steal furs from various New York City stores with the intent of using the proceeds from their resale to buy their Upper West Side retirement hotel, the New Sussex Arms, which is slated to be sold to developers.
After nine previews, the Broadway production, supervised by Stanley Prager, directed by Paul Aaron, and choreographed by Onna White, opened on April 15, 1971 at the Broadhurst Theatre, where it ran for 35 performances. The cast included Mildred Natwick, Lillian Roth, Hans Conried, and Lillian Hayman. Natwick was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
In 1991, a West End staging starring Dora Bryan was the show's first London production. It featured a revised book, two new songs, and reduced orchestrations.
Four April 2006 performances of an Encores! concert version at New York City Center, directed by Kathleen Marshall and conducted by Paul Gemignani, starred Olympia Dukakis, Bob Dishy, Anita Gillette, George S. Irving, and Charlotte Rae.
1991 London additions