Do you think you're a musical expert?

Isadora Teich

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About This Quiz

You might believe that you are a musical expert, but are you  a MUSICAL expert? We're not talking about music, but musicals. Yup, those song and dance movies and plays of the type that have made history since the beginning of time. So, if you thought we were talking about music, and not musicals, you might want to navigate your way quietly away from this quiz. If you think that musicals are cool, and you think you know enough about them to ace this quiz, then you're in the right place. Let's proceed.

If you think that musicals are dead and that they have gone the way of the Sound of Music on DVD, then we've got something to tell you... you're wrong. How do we know? Because the musical, Hamilton, a 2015 Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, received a whopping number of Tony nominations and turned 11 of those nods into wins. In 2016, the musical also won a Grammy and a Pulitzer Prize. How's that for evidence that musicals are alive, well, and thriving in the good old U, S, of A? Don't worry if you missed it the first time around, though, the show is still on tour, so catch it while you can.

Think you know enough about musicals to ace this quiz? Let's find out.

Which musical tells a tale of cowboy romance?

The musical comedy "Oklahoma!" tells the story of a romance between a cowboy and a farm girl. It premiered in 1943.

Who is the Broadway legend behind "Sweeney Todd"?

Broadway giant Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for "Sweeney Todd," a musical black comedy and thriller about a murderous barber. The show premiered in 1979.

What is in the meat pies Mrs. Lovett serves her customers at her pie shop?

Barber Sweeney Todd kills the people that come to him looking for a shave. Mrs. Lovett then uses that meat to make pies, which she sells to hungry Londoners.

Which musical sensation famously counts the minutes in a year?

This updated musical take on "La Boheme" features the song "Seasons of Love." This is why many musical theater fans know that there exactly 525,600 minutes in a year.

What crisis does the musical "Rent" take place during?

"Rent" takes place in New York City at the height of the AIDs epidemic. Several of the characters are either living with or die from it over the course of the musical.

Which musical does the song "It's the Hard Knock Life" come from?

Annie and the other orphans sing this song as they do chores in the orphanage. This song and musical have been performed over 2,000 times.

What number is Jean Valjean given in prison in the show "Les Miserables"?

In prison, Jean Valjean is given the number 24601. This is how Inspector Javert, who is chasing him throughout the musical, refers to him even after years of freedom.

Which musical features the song "If I Were A Rich Man"?

The classic musical "Fiddler On The Roof" follows a Jewish peasant as he tries to marry off his daughters and live his life, in the face of growing anti-Semitism in Russia. In this song, he fantasizes about being a wealthy man.

In which musical does a murderous "opera ghost" wreak havoc in a Parisian opera house?

In this musical, a deformed and murderous musician who lives in the catacombs of a Parisian opera house tries to strike up a doomed romance with a young performer named Christine. This is one of the most successful musicals of all time.

During what era does "Chicago" take place?

The musical "Chicago" takes place in Prohibition-era Chicago. It's a satire on corruption in the criminal justice system and premiered in 1975.

Which of these musicals plays with several fairy tales?

"Into The Woods" is a take on several fairy tales and includes characters such as Little Red Riding Hood. It's music and lyrics were written by Stephen Sondheim.

Which Monty Python movie was turned into a Broadway musical?

This 1975 comedy classic was turned into a hit broadway musical called "Spamalot." The musical differs a lot from the movie, won multiple Tony Awards, and opened in 2005.

The musical "Cabaret" takes place in what country?

The musical "Cabaret" takes place in the early 30s in Berlin, as the Nazis rise to power. It centers around a seedy cabaret and those who frequent it.

Who composed the music for the musical "Cats"?

Andrew Lloyd Webber composed the music for the musical "Cats." It's based on the poetry collection "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot.

Which musical features a house plant that is hungry for human flesh?

In this musical, an awkward florist accidentally raises a Venus flytrap that is hungry for human meat. He names it Audrey II, after a woman he's in love with.

The musical "Little Shop of Horrors" has a character Orin Scrivello, a sadistic:

In this musical, the love interest of the lead, florist Seymour, is in a relationship with Orin Scrivello, a sadistic dentist. She secretly wants to leave him for Seymour.

Which famous musical was written by comedic genius Mel Brooks?

"The Producers" is a Broadway musical Mel Brooks adapted from his 1968 film by the same name. In it, Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom try to scam their way to riches by putting together a surefire Broadway flop.

The musical "Hair" stars a cast of:

The musical "Hair" defined the rock musical genre. It centers around a group of bohemian hippies living in New York City, who are trying to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War.

The musical "Rent" is based on which opera?

The modern rock musical "Rent" was heavily inspired by the Puccini opera "La Boheme." It uses musical themes, plot points and even lyrics directly from the opera.

Which musical does the famous "The Age of Aquarius" song come from?

This song comes from the famous rock musical "Hair." It is also featured at the end of the Steve Carell film "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."

Which musical features a plucky plus-sized girl named Tracy Turnblad?

"Hairspray" is a long-running Broadway show about the battle to racially integrate local TV in Baltimore. It explores the lives of an ensemble cast of quirky characters.

What is the longest-running Broadway show of all time?

Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" is the longest-running Broadway show of all time. Since opening in 1988, it has had over 12,000 performances.

Which of these Disney movies has been made into the third-longest-running Broadway musical?

"The Lion King" is the longest-running Disney musical and the third-longest-running musical of all time. Since opening in 1997, there have been over 8,000 shows.

Which popular broadway musical is based on the songs of Abba?

"Mama Mia!" is a long-running jukebox musical based off of the songs of Abba. It includes hits like "Dancing Queen" and of course "Mama Mia."

Which musical is a unique twist on "The Wizard of Oz"?

"Wicked" is a Broadway smash that explores the untold story of the Wicked Witch from "The Wizard of Oz." It's based on a novel by Gregory Maguire.

What is the name of the high school the teens attend in "Grease"?

In "Grease," many of the characters are teenagers who attend Rydell High School. The show opened in Chicago in 1971 before moving to Broadway.

When does the musical "Grease" take place?

"Grease" takes place in 1959. It's named after Greasers, which were one of the main youth subcultures of that time.

"My Fair Lady" was based on which play?

"My Fair Lady" was based on the play "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw. In it, a phoneticist takes a cockney flower girl under his wing to transform her into a high-class lady.

What is the name of the leading lady in "My Fair Lady"?

The name of the cockney flower girl in "My Fair Lady" is Eliza Doolittle. In the original run, she was played by Julie Andrews.

Which musical stars a red-headed orphan?

"Annie" is a famously successful musical about a ginger orphan who is adopted by a wealthy man. It opened in 1977 and has won various awards and been adapted for film multiple times.

The Broadway standard "Memory" is from which famous musical?

This famous Broadway ballad is from the musical "Cats." It's sung by a fading cat, who is remembering her glamorous glory days.

Which musical does the broadway standard "The Impossible Dream" come from?

This song comes from the long-running broadway musical "The Man of La Mancha." In it, a mad knight re-enacts his story with other prisoners during The Spanish Inquisition.

Which of these musicals were not written by Stephen Sondheim?

Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for many of Broadways biggest hits. "Oklahoma," on the other hand, is a musical comedy written by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Where does "Guys and Dolls" take place?

The musical "Guys and Dolls" takes place in New York City. It premiered in 1950.

Which famous musical is based on a book by Victor Hugo?

"Les Miserables" is one of the most famous musicals of all time. It is based on the 1862 French historical novel by Victor Hugo.

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