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  • 1. 

    Which Oscar Wilde revival closed in less than six weeks in 2003?

    • A. 

      The Importance Of Being Earnest

    • B. 

      Salome

    • C. 

      An Ideal Husband

    • D. 

      A Woman Of No Importance

    Correct Answer
    B. Salome
    Explanation
    Salome closed in less than six weeks in 2003 because it failed to attract a significant audience or receive positive reviews. Despite being a well-known play by Oscar Wilde, this particular revival did not resonate with audiences during its limited run. The production may have faced challenges such as casting choices, marketing strategies, or competition from other shows, leading to its premature closure.

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  • 2. 

    Which Mark Twain novel was turned into a Broadway musical in 2001?

    • A. 

      The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

    • B. 

      The Prince And The Pauper

    • C. 

      Those Extraordinary Twins

    • D. 

      The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

    Correct Answer
    D. The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer
    Explanation
    "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is the correct answer because it is the only Mark Twain novel listed among the options that was turned into a Broadway musical in 2001. The other novels listed, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Prince and the Pauper," and "Those Extraordinary Twins," were not adapted into Broadway musicals in that year.

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  • 3. 

    What state is the title character from "Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All" from?

    • A. 

      Texas

    • B. 

      Florida

    • C. 

      North Carolina

    • D. 

      Kentucky

    Correct Answer
    C. North Carolina
    Explanation
    The title character from "Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All" is from North Carolina.

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  • 4. 

    In a 2004 one-man show which flamboyant comedian declared himself a "Laugh Whore"?

    • A. 

      Kevin Meany

    • B. 

      Mario Cantone

    • C. 

      Bruce Vilanch

    • D. 

      Dane Cook

    Correct Answer
    B. Mario Cantone
    Explanation
    In a 2004 one-man show, Mario Cantone declared himself a "Laugh Whore."

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  • 5. 

    Which African-American screen legend tackled the role of Brutus in 2005?

    • A. 

      Denzel Washington

    • B. 

      Samuel L. Jackson

    • C. 

      Sydney Poitier

    • D. 

      Laurence Fishburne

    Correct Answer
    A. Denzel Washington
    Explanation
    Denzel Washington is a renowned African-American screen legend who tackled the role of Brutus in 2005. He is widely recognized for his exceptional acting skills and has portrayed various iconic characters throughout his career. Washington's portrayal of Brutus in 2005 showcased his versatility and talent as an actor, further solidifying his status as a screen legend.

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  • 6. 

    Which singer starred in the Broadway production of David Mamet's "Speed-The-Plow"?

    • A. 

      Cher

    • B. 

      Carly Simon

    • C. 

      Stevie Nicks

    • D. 

      Madonna

    Correct Answer
    D. Madonna
    Explanation
    Madonna starred in the Broadway production of David Mamet's "Speed-The-Plow."

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  • 7. 

    How many Tonys has "Waiting For Godot" won in its two productions?

    • A. 

      0

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      8

    • D. 

      2

    Correct Answer
    A. 0
    Explanation
    "Waiting For Godot" has not won any Tonys in its two productions.

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  • 8. 

    When did the Tony Awards begin being handed out?

    • A. 

      1953

    • B. 

      1947

    • C. 

      1931

    • D. 

      1965

    Correct Answer
    B. 1947
    Explanation
    The Tony Awards began being handed out in 1947.

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  • 9. 

    How many Tonys did Broadway legend Bob Fosse win in his career?

    • A. 

      18

    • B. 

      10

    • C. 

      20

    • D. 

      13

    Correct Answer
    D. 13
    Explanation
    Bob Fosse, a renowned Broadway legend, won a total of 13 Tony Awards throughout his career. This indicates his exceptional talent and recognition within the theater industry. Fosse's numerous achievements and contributions to the world of musical theater were acknowledged and honored by the Tony Awards committee, resulting in him receiving this significant number of accolades.

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  • 10. 

    How old was Liza Minnelli when she won her first Tony?

    • A. 

      17

    • B. 

      19

    • C. 

      23

    • D. 

      21

    Correct Answer
    B. 19
    Explanation
    Liza Minnelli won her first Tony at the age of 19. This means that she achieved this prestigious award at a relatively young age, showcasing her exceptional talent and skill in the performing arts industry. Winning a Tony at such a young age is a remarkable accomplishment and highlights Minnelli's early success in her career.

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  • 11. 

    What is the second part of Tony Kushner's "Angels In America" called?

    • A. 

      Glasnost

    • B. 

      Perestroika

    • C. 

      Revelation

    • D. 

      Deus Hic

    Correct Answer
    B. Perestroika
    Explanation
    Perestroika is the second part of Tony Kushner's "Angels In America." Perestroika is a Russian term that means "restructuring," and it refers to the political and social changes that took place in the Soviet Union during the 1980s. This title reflects the themes of transformation and change that are explored in the play, as well as the larger historical context in which it is set.

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  • 12. 

    Which comic actor won raves for his Broadway debut in "The House of the Blue Leaves"?

    • A. 

      Jason Alexander

    • B. 

      Jeremy Piven

    • C. 

      Owen Wilson

    • D. 

      Ben Stiller

    Correct Answer
    D. Ben Stiller
    Explanation
    Ben Stiller won raves for his Broadway debut in "The House of the Blue Leaves."

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  • 13. 

    Where did Broadway's Rodgers and Hammerstein meet?

    • A. 

      Paris, France

    • B. 

      Columbia University

    • C. 

      In A Grocery Store

    • D. 

      Elementary School

    Correct Answer
    B. Columbia University
    Explanation
    Rodgers and Hammerstein met at Columbia University. This is where they first crossed paths and began their collaboration in musical theater. They both attended the university and their shared passion for music and theater brought them together. It was at Columbia University that they laid the foundation for their successful partnership, which resulted in numerous iconic Broadway musicals.

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  • 14. 

    In which month did "Oklahoma!" make its stage debut?

    • A. 

      Dec-52

    • B. 

      Jan-47

    • C. 

      April 1939

    • D. 

      Mar-43

    Correct Answer
    D. Mar-43
    Explanation
    "Oklahoma!" made its stage debut in March 1943.

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  • 15. 

    Which famous Broadway actor was the first to play Curly in "Oklahoma!"?

    • A. 

      Yul Brynner

    • B. 

      Gene Kelly

    • C. 

      Jimmy Stewart

    • D. 

      Alfred Drake

    Correct Answer
    D. Alfred Drake
    Explanation
    Alfred Drake was the first actor to play the role of Curly in the Broadway musical "Oklahoma!". He originated the character in the original production of the show, which opened in 1943. Drake's portrayal of Curly was highly acclaimed and helped establish the character as an iconic role in musical theatre.

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