Do You Know About Broadway?

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  • 1. 

    In what Broadway play did David Bowie once have the leading role?

    • A.

      Elephant Man

    • B.

      Victor, Victoria

    • C.

      Cats

    • D.

      A Streetcar Named Desire

    Correct Answer
    A. Elephant Man
    Explanation
    David Bowie once had the leading role in the Broadway play "Elephant Man."

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  • 2. 

    Irene Ryan (Granny Clampett) died while starring in which Broadway play?

    • A.

      Pippin

    • B.

      Phantom Of The Opera

    • C.

      Oklahoma

    • D.

      Jesus Christ Superstar

    Correct Answer
    A. Pippin
    Explanation
    Irene Ryan, best known for her role as Granny Clampett on the television show "The Beverly Hillbillies," died while starring in the Broadway play "Pippin."

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  • 3. 

    What was the name of James Dean's first Broadway character?

    • A.

      Wally Wilkins

    • B.

      Mercutio

    • C.

      Hamlet

    • D.

      Bachir

    Correct Answer
    A. Wally Wilkins
    Explanation
    James Dean's first Broadway character was named Wally Wilkins.

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  • 4. 

    In the Broadway musical "Rent", what was the name of the TV show that Mark got a job for?

    • A.

      Buzzline

    • B.

      Vampire Welfare Queens

    • C.

      The Cat Scratch Club

    • D.

      Today 4 U

    Correct Answer
    A. Buzzline
    Explanation
    In the Broadway musical "Rent," Mark got a job for the TV show called Buzzline.

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  • 5. 

    At which theater did Barbra Streisand make her Broadway debut?

    • A.

      The Majestic

    • B.

      The Plymouth

    • C.

      The Shubert

    • D.

      The Winter Garden

    Correct Answer
    C. The Shubert
    Explanation
    Barbra Streisand made her Broadway debut at The Shubert theater.

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  • 6. 

    Which U.S. President is a character in the Broadway show "Annie"?

    • A.

      Herbert Hoover

    • B.

      Franklin D. Roosevelt

    • C.

      Calvin Coolidge

    • D.

      Harry S. Truman

    Correct Answer
    B. Franklin D. Roosevelt
    Explanation
    Franklin D. Roosevelt is a character in the Broadway show "Annie" because he was the U.S. President during the Great Depression and World War II, which are significant historical events that are referenced in the musical. His presence in the show adds a sense of authenticity and historical context to the story. Additionally, Roosevelt's New Deal policies, aimed at economic recovery, align with the themes of hope and perseverance portrayed in "Annie."

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  • 7. 

    Which Shakespearean play begins with the words "Now is the winter of our discontent"?

    • A.

      The Winter's Tale

    • B.

      Richard III

    • C.

      Othello

    • D.

      Henry V

    Correct Answer
    B. Richard III
    Explanation
    Richard III begins with the words "Now is the winter of our discontent." This opening line sets the tone for the play, as Richard, the main character, expresses his dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs. The line also foreshadows the events that unfold in the play, as Richard manipulates and schemes his way to the throne, causing chaos and discontent throughout the kingdom.

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  • 8. 

    Which Broadway play is a musical comedy set in 1933 New York City and Philadelphia?

    • A.

      42nd Street

    • B.

      Chicago

    • C.

      Beauty And The Beast

    • D.

      The Graduate

    Correct Answer
    A. 42nd Street
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 42nd Street. This Broadway play is a musical comedy that takes place in 1933 in both New York City and Philadelphia. It follows the story of a young actress who becomes the star of a new Broadway show. The play is known for its energetic dance numbers and catchy songs, making it a beloved classic in the world of musical theater.

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  • 9. 

    Where and when is the setting for the Broadway play "Cabaret"?

    • A.

      London 1955-56

    • B.

      Hollywood 1912-1915

    • C.

      Berlin 1929-30

    • D.

      New York City 1980-1981

    Correct Answer
    C. Berlin 1929-30
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Berlin 1929-30. "Cabaret" is a Broadway play that is set in Berlin during the years 1929-30. This setting is significant because it captures the vibrant and decadent atmosphere of the Weimar Republic in Germany, just before the rise of the Nazi party. The play explores themes of sexuality, politics, and the looming threat of fascism, making the historical context of Berlin in the late 1920s an essential part of the story.

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  • 10. 

    What were Florenz Ziegfeld's legendary musical extravaganzas called?

    • A.

      Funny Girls

    • B.

      Broadway Follies

    • C.

      Ziegfeld Follies

    • D.

      Florenz-Aganzas

    Correct Answer
    C. Ziegfeld Follies
    Explanation
    Florenz Ziegfeld's legendary musical extravaganzas were called Ziegfeld Follies.

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  • 11. 

    What is a common nickname for Broadway?

    • A.

      Tinsel Town

    • B.

      The Great White Way

    • C.

      Playland

    • D.

      Back Lot USA

    Correct Answer
    B. The Great White Way
    Explanation
    The common nickname for Broadway is "The Great White Way" because the street was one of the first in the world to be illuminated by electric lights, creating a dazzling display of white lights that earned it this nickname.

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  • 12. 

    Which Broadway musical featured the songs of Billy Joel?

    • A.

      42nd Street

    • B.

      Movin' Out

    • C.

      Wicked

    • D.

      Mamma Mia!

    Correct Answer
    B. Movin' Out
    Explanation
    Movin' Out is the correct answer because it is a Broadway musical that features the songs of Billy Joel. It is a jukebox musical that tells the story of a group of friends through the music of Billy Joel, with the songs serving as the narrative for the show. The musical premiered on Broadway in 2002 and was choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp.

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  • 13. 

    Who was the Broadway star who was the original Little Orphan Annie?

    • A.

      Andrea Mcardle

    • B.

      Julianne Moore

    • C.

      Anna Paquin

    • D.

      Colm Meaney

    Correct Answer
    A. Andrea Mcardle
    Explanation
    Andrea McArdle is the correct answer because she was the original Broadway star who played the role of Little Orphan Annie. McArdle originated the role in the Broadway production of "Annie" in 1977 and received critical acclaim for her performance. She is widely recognized for her portrayal of Annie and her powerful singing voice in the iconic musical.

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  • 14. 

    Which Oscar-winning director brought "Spamalot" to the stage in its original production?

    • A.

      Mike Nichols

    • B.

      Sam Mendes

    • C.

      Stanley Donen

    • D.

      Rob Marshall

    Correct Answer
    A. Mike Nichols
    Explanation
    Mike Nichols is the correct answer because he was the Oscar-winning director who brought "Spamalot" to the stage in its original production. Nichols was a highly acclaimed director, known for his work in both film and theater. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for the film "The Graduate" in 1968. Nichols had a successful career in theater as well, and he directed the original production of "Spamalot," which was a musical comedy based on the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

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  • 15. 

    In which 2005 play did Brian F. O'Byrne play a troubled priest?

    • A.

      The Good Body

    • B.

      Doubt

    • C.

      The Pillowman

    • D.

      The Night Of The Iguana

    Correct Answer
    B. Doubt
    Explanation
    Brian F. O'Byrne played a troubled priest in the play "Doubt." This play, written by John Patrick Shanley, explores themes of doubt, suspicion, and moral uncertainty. The character played by O'Byrne is a priest who is accused of inappropriate behavior with a student, and the play delves into the complexities of the situation, leaving the audience uncertain about the truth. O'Byrne's portrayal of the troubled priest in "Doubt" showcases his acting skills and ability to bring depth to complex characters.

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