Christmas 2018 Musical Theatre Quiz

December 17th, 2018

For those of you who were unable to join us for the Christmas 2018 Musical Theatre Quiz last week, we wanted to share a (slightly) abridged version of the quiz with you here so you can have some seasonal fun with some challenging musical theatre questions! Huge thanks to Bert Fink and Mark Shenton for compiling the questions and acting as quizmasters on the night. Answers are at the end.

*ACT I*

OVERTURE

1. One of the – if not the – most-high spirited overtures in musical theatre. Leonard Bernstein wrote the music to Candide, and the original 1956 Broadway production also featured a book by Lillian Helman, and lyrics by Richard Wilbur, John LaTouche and Dorothy Parker. For the 1974 Broadway revival, another book writer and another lyricist joined the writing team. Who were they?

2. The Sound of Music is brimming with hits, but which one ignites the stage musical’s Overture? A) The Sound of Music B) Do Re Mi C) Sixteen Going on Seventeen D) None of the Above.

3. In this musical, the Overture is sung by a chorus of women, or, as the man leading them says, “I am perfectly capable of conducting my own affairs!” Who is this man, and what is the musi-cal?

4. Though it has no Overture, this musical does have a Samurai, a Lion Dance, and a Hanamichi.

5. Now some consider the Overture to Gypsy to be the greatest Broadway Musical Overture ever. What is the musical’s sub-title? A) A Broadway Burlesque. B) A Broadway Fable. C) A Musical Fable. D) Let Me Entertain You.

Scene 1 – OPENING NUMBER

6. In Pippin, “Magic to Do” welcomes us into the strange and surreal world of the strolling players. How much time are we invited to waste?

7. In A Chorus Line, creator Michael Bennett made sure we felt thrown into the middle of the action by featuring what single word as the very first we hear?

8. In the opening number from Hamilton, these two men sing about Alexander Hamilton: “We fought with him.” Who are they in Act I, and who are they in Act II?

9. In Cabaret, “Willkommen” introduces us to the sexy and sinister world of the Kit Kat Klub, where every night they have a battle to keep the girls from doing what?

10. During its out-of-town try-out, the opening number of this musical was called “Love is in the Air.” Name the musical, and the song that replaced “Love is in the Air.”

Scene 2 – HATS OFF, HERE THEY COME THOSE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS! (LEADING LADIES)

11. She has starred in the West End in such iconic roles as Eva Peron in Evita, Florence in Chess, Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. Yet when she took on the role of Grizabella in the original production of Cats, Elaine Paige was taking over for the actress originally cast, who injured herself in rehearsal and ended up in a cast. Who was she? A) Cleo Laine. B) Julia McKenzie. C) Judi Dench. D) Julie Covington.

12. Currently co-starring in Company at the Gielgud Theatre, Broadway diva Patti LuPone also created the roles here of Fantine in the original Les Miserables, and Norma Desmond in the original Sunset Boulevard. This production from New York’s Acting Company marked LuPone’s London stage debut in the Summer of 1985. Was it: A) The Robber Bridegroom. B) She Stoops to Conquer. C) The Cradle Will Rock. D) The Threepenny Opera.

13. She is a beloved fixture on the West End, from appearing as Dainty June in Gypsy opposite Angela Lansbury in 1974, to her current role as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street at the Lane and, com-ing up in January, appearing in 9 to 5 at the Savoy. But Bonnie Langford is also the Auntie of four talented musical theatre stars in their own right — the Strallens. (Or, as R&H’s Andy Chan has dubbed them, “the Strall-i.”) Name all four.

14. This blazing star brought down the house nightly at the Apollo Victoria here in London, and at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway, singing “Defying Gravity” in Wicked. She has the distinction of being the only star of Wicked to sing that role in two other languages as well, belting “Ik lach om zwaartekracht” (I laugh at gravity) in the Netherlands, and “Frei und schwerelos” (free and weight-less) in Germany. Who is she?

15. Hello, Dolly! just finished a triumphant run on Broadway, with Bette Midler in the starring role, which was also played at various times by Bernadette Peters and Donna Murphy. The original Broadway production ran from 1964 to 1970, with the inimitable Carol Channing as the first to star as that “damned exasperating woman,” Dolly Gallagher Levi. Half a dozen leading ladies replaced Channing during the musical’s original run on Broadway. Which of the following did NOT? A) Ginger Rogers. B) Pearl Bailey. C) Rosalind Russell. D) Ethel Merman.

Scene 3 – I’M IN LOVE WITH A WONDERFUL GUY (LEADING MEN)

16. Hugh Jackman starred as P.T. Barnum in last year’s movie musical sensation, The Greatest Showman. In the Cy Coleman/Michael Stewart stage musical Barnum, Jim Dale created the role on Broadway, Michael Crawford created the role here in London and, most recently, Marcus Brigstocke sported the Ringmaster’s top hat at the Menier last year. Who played P. T. Barnum in the 2013 Chichester Festival Theatre production? Was it: A) Brian Conley. B) Christopher Fitzgerald. C) Matt Lucas. D) Christian Borle.

17. The curse of Bialystock. This West End star was cast as the first replacement for Max Bi-alystock on Broadway, but lasted only one month. This American movie star was cast as Max in the London premiere at the Lane, but was sacked just days before previews were set to begin. Name the British actor, and the American actor.

18. Ken Watanabe just ended his reign as London’s latest King of Siam. Who created the role of the King in the original 1953 London production of The King and I? A) Yul Brynner. B) Keye Luke. C) Herbert Lom. D) Keith Michell.

19. Next spring, Kelsey Grammar will play the role of Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha here at the Coli. Richard Kiley created the role in the original Broadway production, and Peter O’Toole in the film. What famed singer-songwriter not only created the role for the first French production in 1968 of what was known locally as L’Homme de La Mancha, but directed it, and translated it as well?

20. Tevye has been called the King Lear of musical theatre. With Andy Nyman as London’s latest Tevye, and Topol as London’s first, who played the Anatevka milkman in the 2013-14 UK tour and what is this actor’s connection to the Fiddler film?

Scene 4 – I AM WHAT I AM (ACTORS AND/OR ACTRESSES!)

21. In the current London production of Company, the central role of the male bachelor Bobby has been turned into a single woman named Bobbie. On Broadway in the 1996-97 season, the star-ring role in another Sondheim musical also saw its leading character recast from a man to a woman. Name the musical, this revival’s original star, and his female replacement.

22. Over the years, several performers have won Tonys for roles that have involved cross dressing, such as George Hearn and Douglas Hodge, each who won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for their roles as Albin in La Cage aux Folles in 1984 and 2010 respectively, or Billy Porter in Kinky Boots in 2013. But only two have won for performing roles of the opposite sex. Can you name the 1955 Best Actress, the name of the boy that she played, from what musical; and the 2003 Best Actor, and the name of the woman that he played, from what musical?

23. Actor Michael O’Haughey (“O’Hockey”) was part of the company of Bob Fosse’s legendary original 1975 Broadway production of Chicago, but it must have been a bit of a let-down for Michael that the producers wouldn’t use his first name in the billing. What role did he play and why wasn’t his forename allowed?

Scene 5 – LET’S GO ON WITH THE SHOW! (NOW PLAYING)

24. Quite a few pop writers have tried their hand at writing for Broadway, some more successfully than others, and ranging from Cyndi Lauper and Duncan Sheik to Paul Simon and Elton John. Sara Bareilles and Sting not only each wrote the score to a Broadway musical, but each took on an addi-tional task for their musical as well. Name their musicals, and what each did in addition to writing the scores?

25. Name the four musicals currently being directed by Casey Nicholaw on Broadway.

26. Name the three musicals currently being directed by Nicholaw here in the West End.

27. How many years did it take between Dreamgirls opening at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre and its West End debut at the Savoy?

28. Name the three shows that Bonnie Langford starred in at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – one of which you heard mentioned previously, so let’s see if you were paying attention!

29. Chicago is currently back at the Phoenix Theatre, based on the Walter Bobbie production that premiered at the Adelphi in 1997. The very first production of the musical Chicago opened nearly 20 years before that, at the Cambridge Theatre in 1979. Who were its original three stars?

*ACT II*

En’tre Acte

30. In this 1953 Broadway meta-musical, the audience returning for Act II after Intermission were greeted with an opening number about…Intermission! What is the musical, and who wrote it?

Scene 1 – IF THEY ASK ME, I COULD WRITE A BOOK. (BOOK WRITERS)

Book writers are, literally, the un-sung heroes of the musical. The book writers get the blame when things go wrong — but little of the credit when it goes right. Here’s a few questions about several of Broadway’s most prolific book writers.

We lost a giant this past summer, when Neil Simon passed away at age 91. He wrote more than 30 plays, many of them turned into films, and receiving more combined Tony and Oscar nominations than any other writer, plus a Pulitzer prize for drama. He also wrote the books for several musicals, based on other sources. Name his sources for:

31. LITTLE ME.

32. SWEET CHARITY.

33. PROMISES PROMISES.

34. Neil Simon also scripted the book for the 1979 musical THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG. What was it based on?

35. The female lead in They’re Playing Our Song is called Sonia Walsk. Who played Sonia in the original Broadway production, the West End premiere, and the Menier revival? (Credit for all three answers only!)

36. A short-lived musical version of the 1977 film The Goodbye Girl that Simon wrote the screenplay for opened on Broadway in 1993. Who wrote the music and lyrics?

37. Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason had starred in the film of The Goodbye Girl that inspired the stage musical. Who played their roles on Broadway, and in the West End?

Thomas Meehan was one of Broadway’s most successful book writers of the second half of the last century, his work as popular here in the UK as in his native USA. Last season alone, West End or touring productions of Hairspray, Annie, Young Frankenstein and Elf all attested to his success and versatility. Meehan’s best work was often in the service of making new musicals out of existing material. Name the sources, and their original creators for the following Meehan musicals:

38. Annie.

39. The Producers and Young Frankenstein.

40. Hairspray.

41. Rocky.

The Broadway musical 1776 has a scene of about 35 minutes in length, with no underscoring or mu-sical numbers and is regarded as possibly the longest book scene in musical theatre. Its courageous (or foolhardy) author? The late, great Peter Stone.

42. Peter Stone won a Tony Award for his book to 1776. Name its composer/lyricist.

43. Stone won two more Tony Awards, in 1981 and 1997 respectively. Name the musicals, and his song-writing collaborators.

Scene 2 – THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG (COMPOSERS & SONGWRITERS)

And now, to the sung heroes of musical theatre – the composers, lyricists and, since they are sometimes one and the same, the song writers.

44. Irving Berlin was the first Broadway songwriter to have his musical produced by fellow songwriters. What was the musical, and who were his original producers?

45. Lionel Bart’s 1962 West End musical Blitz! featured “Far Away,” which became a hit for which ’60s pop icon? A) Dusty Springfield. B) Cilla Black. C) Shirley Bassey D) Petula Clarke.

46. In a case of musical magpie, Andrew Lloyd Webber recycled a key melody to become the title song, or aria, from Love Never Dies, but as he explains quite candidly in that musical’s cast album liner notes, this melody was used in two previously recorded songs of his. Name the two earlier versions of this song, the musicals they were written for, and the singers who introduced them.

47. In the last quarter of the 20th Century, women composers began to make a steady mark on Broadway, thanks to such writers as Lucy Simon, Micki Grant, Elizabeth Swados, Carol Hall, and oth-ers. But when this woman composer made her Broadway debut in 1959, such milestones were rare; who was she, and what musical marked her Broadway composing debut?

48. One of our most significant contemporary women composers is Jeanine Tesori, who enjoys a strong track record on both sides of the Pond. With current or recent credits in the West End, at the Young Vic and, next year, the Charing Cross, name all five of her musicals that have already been produced and/or revived on Broadway. (Credit only for all five!):

Scene 3 – LYRICISTS: FINISHING THE HAT (AND THE LYRIC)

Complete the lyric, name the lyricist and name the musical:

49. “How do you find the word that means Maria?”

50. “Rivers belong where they can ramble/Eagles belong where they can fly…”

51. “Ask me how do I feel, ask me now that we’re fondly caressing…”

52. “Give ’em the old hocus pocus/ Bead and feather ’em.”

53. “A wedding. What’s a wedding? It’s a prehistoric ritual.”

People, places and things in lyrics:

54. What Stephen Sondheim song, originally written for Follies but cut and replaced with Lucy and Jessie, does this line come from: “Hyphenated Harriet, the nouveau from New Rochelle.”

55. What Stephen Sondheim song, written for the 1987 Cameron Mackintosh revival of Follies to replace Lucy and Jessie, does this line come from: “No one dared to query her superior exterior?”

56. Who, in A Chorus Line, is Val referring to when she sings in “Dance: Ten; Looks Three”: “Grab a cab, c’mon, see the wizard on Park and 73rd”?

57. In Guys and Dolls, what establishment is located at 409 W49th Street?

58. Which parade is Dolly Levi referring to when she sings ‘Before the Parade Passes by’ in Hello, Dolly!

Scene 4 – WHERE DID WE GO RIGHT? (TOP OF THE FLOPS)

59. Which British prime minister was celebrated in the 1988 musical Winnie, and who played him?

60. Who played Carrie’s mother in the original RSC production of Carrie at Stratford-upon-Avon and who took over on Broadway?

61. Who played Captain Ahab in the notorious 1992 Cameron Mackintosh flop Moby Dick?

62. Which flop musical about the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki was dubbed “A Flash in Japan” when it ran for just over two weeks at the Shaftesbury in 1994?

63. After being gang-raped in a prison, the travelling executioner’s assistant lamented, “If it ain’t one thing, it’s another.” What’s the show, and complete the rhyme of its title song phrase.

64. Who wrote the musical Oscar Wilde that closed on its opening night at the Shaw Theatre in 2004, and what was he better known for?

Scene 5 – DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS (HOLIDAY THEMES)

And now, to bring our musical trivia to a close, we thought we would end with some festive cheer.

65. In the delirious production number, “Twelve Days to Christmas” from She Loves Me, we see shoppers descend with ever-increasing desperation on the beleaguered shop-keepers of what establishment?

66. Annie and Sandy are reunited, Miss Hannigan has been sent up the River, the orphan girls are revelling in shiny new toys, and Americans everywhere are promised “A New Deal for Christ-mas.” Which US President drops by Oliver Warbucks’ mansion to share this happy news? (Full name, please).

67. Staying with the theme of politics and Christmas, the striking coal miners of Billy Elliot sing a jolly, if rather dark, holiday ditty called “Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher,” in which they note: “And they’ve brought their fascist bootboys/And they’ve brought the boys in blue/And the whole Trade Union Congress/Will be at the party too/And they’ll all hold hands together/All standing in a line/Cos they’re [doing what to] Santa/This merry Christmas time.”

68. Meredith Willson, creator of The Music Man, wrote a Broadway musical based on the be-loved Hollywood classic, Miracle on 34th Street, into which he interpolated his own holiday song, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” Known variously by both of those titles, what was the musical’s original Broadway title?

69. The Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent stage musical version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, is playing tonight (but we’re glad you’re here with us) and next Monday at the Lyceum Theatre in its third annual presentation by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. With Griff Rhys Jones playing Scrooge this season, who played the role in the ’16 and ’17 concert performances?

70. Danny Mac and Dan Burton play song-and-dance men Bob Wallace and Phil Davis in Leices-ter Curve’s new production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Based on the classic 1954 Paramount motion picture, who played their roles in the film version?

Curtain Call – Bonus Round

For extra points. Identify the actor and his role.

71. He won the Tony in ‘52 and the Oscar in ‘56 for playing the same role.

72. He won the Tony in ‘57 and the Oscar in ‘64 for playing the same role.

73. He won the Tony in ‘67 and the Oscar in ‘73 for playing the same role.

For super-bonus round, let’s try one in reverse:

74. She won the Oscar in ‘64 and the Tony in ‘84 for playing the same role.

 

ANSWERS

*ACT I*
OVERTURE
1. Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim.
2. D, as The Sound Of Music has no Overture.
3. Guido Contini, in Nine.
4. Pacific Overtures.
5. C, A Musical Fable.
Scene 1 – OPENING NUMBER
6. An hour or two.
7. Again.
8. As Lin-Manuel Miranda writes in his annotated Hamilton libretto, “The actors who play Mulli-gan and Lafayette fight with him as friends in Act I, and fight with him as his enemies, Madison and Jefferson, in Act II.”
9. Taking off all their clothing.
10. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, “Comedy Tonight.”
Scene 2 – HATS OFF, HERE THEY COME THOSE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS! (LEADING LADIES)
11. C, Judi Dench.
12. C, The Cradle Will Rock.
13. Scarlett, Summer, Zizi and Sasi.
14. Willemijn Verkaik.
15. C, Rosalind Russell.
Scene 3 – I’M IN LOVE WITH A WONDERFUL GUY (LEADING MEN)
16. B, Christopher Fitzgerald.
17. Henry Goodman, Richard Dreyfuss.
18. C, Herbert Lom.
19. Jacques Brel.
20. Paul Michael Glaser, who played Perchik in the film.
Scene 4 – I AM WHAT I AM (ACTORS AND/OR ACTRESSES!)
21. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, originally starring Nathan Lane, replaced by Whoopi Goldberg.
22. Mary Martin as Peter Pan in the musical of the same name, and Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turn-blad in Hairspray.
23. Michael played newspaper reporter Mary Sunshine, in drag, and with a five-octave range, and was only revealed to be a man at the end of his final scene.
Scene 5: LET’S GO ON WITH THE SHOW! (NOW PLAYING)
24. Both appeared in their own musicals, Waitress and The Last Ship respectively.
25. Mean Girls, The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, The Prom.
26. The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Dreamgirls.
27. 35 years.
28. Gone with the Wind, The Pirates of Penzance, 42nd Street.
29. Ben Cross as Billy Flynn, Antonia Ellis as Roxie, Jenny Logan as Velma Kelly.

*ACT II*
En’tre Acte
30. Me and Juliet, Rodgers & Hammerstein
Scene 1 – IF THEY ASK ME, I COULD WRITE A BOOK. (BOOK WRITERS)
31. Patrick Dennis’ novel of the same name. (Full title: Little Me — The Intimate Memoirs of that Great Star of Stage, Screen and Television/Belle Poitrine.)
32. Federico Fellini screenplay for Nights of Cabiria.
33. Billy Wilder screenplay for The Apartment.
34. His composer collaborator Marvin Hamlisch’s relationship with his lyricist girlfriend Carole Bayer Sager.
35. Lucie Arnaz in her Broadway debut, Gemma Craven in an Olivier winning performance, Connie Fisher.
36. Marvin Hamlisch and David Zippel.
37. Martin Short, Bernadette Peters on Broadway, and Gary Wilmot and Ann Crumb in London.
38. Little Orphan Annie’s comic strip, created by Harold Gray, originally published in the New York Daily News.
39. Mel Brooks’s films.
40. John Water’s film
41. Sylvester Stallone’s screenplay.
42. Sherman Edwards.
43. Woman of the Year, with songs by Kander & Ebb, and Titanic, with a score by Maury Yeston.
Scene 2: THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG (COMPOSERS & SONGWRITERS)
44. Annie Get Your Gun, produced on Broadway in 1946 by Rodgers & Hammerstein.
45. C, Shirley Bassey.
46. “Our Kind of Love,” from the West End Musical, The Beautiful Game, introduced by Hannah Waddingham; and before that, “The Heart is Slow to Learn,” written for Lloyd Webber’s unproduced Phantom sequel with Frederick Forsyth, and introduced at an Albert Hall tribute to Lloyd Webber by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
47. Mary Rodgers, Once Upon a Mattress.
48. Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline or Change, Shrek, Fun Home, and Violet.
Scene 3 – LYRICISTS: FINISHING THE HAT (AND THE LYRIC)
49. “A flibbertijibbet! A will-o’-the wisp! A clown!” Oscar Hammerstein II in How to do you solve a Problem Like Maria from The Sound of Music.
50. “I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free/ Got to find my corner of the sky.” Stephen Schwartz in Corner of the Sky from Pippin
51. “Pal, if I were a salad I know I’d be splashing my dressing.” Frank Loesser, If I were a Bell from Guys and Dolls.
52. “How can they see with sequins in their eyes?” Fred Ebb in Razzle Dazzle from Chicago.
53. “Where everybody promises fidelity forever/Which is maybe the most horrifying word I ever heard of.” Stephen Sondheim in I’m not Getting Married Today from Company.
People, places and things in lyrics:
54. “Uptown Downtown.”
55. “Ah, But Underneath.”
56. Her plastic surgeon who has enhanced her “tits and ass.”
57. The Save-a-Soul mission.
58. The 14th Street Parade.
Scene 4: WHERE DID WE GO RIGHT? (TOP OF THE FLOPS)
59. Winston Churchill, Robert Hardy.
60. Barbara Cook, Betty Buckley.
61. Tony Monopoly.
62. Out of the Blue.
63. The Fields of Ambrosia (“where everyone knows ya…”)
64. Mike Read, better known as the Radio One DJ.
Scene 5 – DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS (HOLIDAY THEMES)
65. Maraczek’s Parfumerie.
66. Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
67. Privatising Santa.
68. Here’s Love.
69. Robert Lindsay.
70. Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby.
Curtain Call – Bonus Round
71. Yul Brynner, The King and I.
72. Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady.
73. Joel Grey, Cabaret.
74. Lila Kedrova, Zorba the Greek aka Zorba