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  • 1. 

    Which Broadway musical ended its 16-year run in May 2003?

    • A.

      Phantom Of The Opera

    • B.

      Miss Saigon

    • C.

      Les Miserables

    • D.

      Cats

    Correct Answer
    C. Les Miserables
    Explanation
    Les Miserables ended its 16-year run in May 2003 on Broadway. This musical, based on Victor Hugo's novel, is set in 19th-century France and follows the story of Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who seeks redemption. With its powerful music and emotional storyline, Les Miserables became one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history. Its closure after such a successful run marked the end of an era for theater enthusiasts.

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  • 2. 

    What play did Ricky Martin appear in on Broadway?

    • A.

      Les Miserables

    • B.

      Grease

    • C.

      Chicago

    • D.

      The Lion King

    Correct Answer
    A. Les Miserables
    Explanation
    Ricky Martin appeared in the play Les Miserables on Broadway.

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  • 3. 

    Which ex-Monty Python member wrote the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical "Spamalot"?

    • A.

      John Cleese

    • B.

      Terry Gilliam

    • C.

      Michael Palin

    • D.

      Eric Idle

    Correct Answer
    D. Eric Idle
    Explanation
    Eric Idle is the correct answer because he is an ex-Monty Python member who wrote the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical "Spamalot."

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  • 4. 

    For which David Mamet play did Liev Schreiber receive a Tony Award in 2005 for Best Featured Actor?

    • A.

      Speed-The-Plow

    • B.

      American Buffalo

    • C.

      Oleanna

    • D.

      Glengarry Glen Ross

    Correct Answer
    D. Glengarry Glen Ross
    Explanation
    Liev Schreiber received a Tony Award in 2005 for Best Featured Actor for his performance in the play "Glengarry Glen Ross" by David Mamet.

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  • 5. 

    Which play about a serial killer won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2004?

    • A.

      Little Shop of Horrors

    • B.

      Sweeney Todd

    • C.

      Frozen

    • D.

      Proof

    Correct Answer
    C. Frozen
    Explanation
    "Frozen" is not the correct answer to the question. The play about a serial killer that won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2004 is "Frozen" is a musical that premiered in 2018 and is based on the Disney animated film of the same name. It is not related to a serial killer and did not win the Tony Award for Best Play in 2004.

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  • 6. 

    The Virginia Theatre was renamed for which playwright in 2005?

    • A.

      Harold Pinter

    • B.

      August Wilson

    • C.

      David Mamet

    • D.

      Arthur Miller

    Correct Answer
    B. August Wilson
    Explanation
    In 2005, the Virginia Theatre was renamed after the playwright August Wilson. This suggests that August Wilson had a significant impact on the theater industry or had a close association with the Virginia Theatre. The renaming could be a way to honor and recognize his contributions to the world of theater.

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  • 7. 

    Which two-time Tony Award-winning playwright received the Lifetime Achievement Tony in 2004?

    • A.

      Neil Simon

    • B.

      Arthur Miller

    • C.

      Edward Albee

    • D.

      Tony Kushner

    Correct Answer
    C. Edward Albee
    Explanation
    Edward Albee received the Lifetime Achievement Tony in 2004. He is a two-time Tony Award-winning playwright known for his influential works such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Zoo Story." Albee's contributions to the theatre world and his impact on American drama made him a deserving recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Tony.

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  • 8. 

    Which Tennessee Williams play was revived in 2005 at Studio 54?

    • A.

      Sweet Bird Of Youth

    • B.

      A Streetcar Named Desire

    • C.

      The Rose Tattoo

    • D.

      Can On A Hot Tin Roof

    Correct Answer
    B. A Streetcar Named Desire
    Explanation
    In 2005, the play "A Streetcar Named Desire" was revived at Studio 54. Tennessee Williams' iconic play tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a fading Southern belle who moves in with her sister Stella and her brutish husband Stanley. The play explores themes of desire, sexuality, and the destructive power of illusion. The revival at Studio 54 brought Williams' timeless masterpiece back to the stage, allowing audiences to once again experience the raw and intense drama of "A Streetcar Named Desire."

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  • 9. 

    Which classic musical did "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes revive in 2003?

    • A.

      Camelot

    • B.

      Gypsy

    • C.

      A Chorus Line

    • D.

      Annie Get Your Gun

    Correct Answer
    B. Gypsy
    Explanation
    In 2003, Sam Mendes revived the classic musical "Gypsy."

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  • 10. 

    Which legendary playwright passed away on October 2, 2005?

    • A.

      Arthur Miller

    • B.

      Neil Simon

    • C.

      Edward Albee

    • D.

      August Wilson

    Correct Answer
    D. August Wilson
    Explanation
    August Wilson passed away on October 2, 2005. Wilson was a legendary playwright known for his famous plays such as "Fences" and "The Piano Lesson." He was a prominent figure in African-American theater and his works explored the African-American experience in the United States. His passing was a great loss to the theater community, as he left behind a rich legacy of powerful and thought-provoking plays.

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  • 11. 

    What Broadway show saw Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly switching roles nightly in 2000?

    • A.

      Waiting For Godot

    • B.

      Endgame

    • C.

      True West

    • D.

      Spamalot

    Correct Answer
    C. True West
    Explanation
    In 2000, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly performed in the Broadway show "True West" where they switched roles each night. This means that sometimes Hoffman played one character while Reilly played the other, and vice versa. "True West" is known for its exploration of sibling rivalry and the unpredictable nature of the two brothers' relationship. The decision to switch roles nightly added an additional layer of complexity and unpredictability to their performances, making it a unique and memorable experience for the audience.

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  • 12. 

    "The Capeman" was written by what rock legend?

    • A.

      David Bowie

    • B.

      Elton John

    • C.

      Paul McCartney

    • D.

      Paul Simon

    Correct Answer
    D. Paul Simon
    Explanation
    "The Capeman" was a musical written by Paul Simon, not David Bowie, Elton John, or Paul McCartney. Paul Simon is a renowned rock legend known for his contributions to the music industry as a singer-songwriter. He wrote and composed "The Capeman," which premiered on Broadway in 1998. It tells the true story of Salvador Agron, a Puerto Rican gang member turned poet and activist. Simon's unique musical style and storytelling abilities are showcased in this production, making him the correct answer to the question.

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  • 13. 

    Which 2004 one-man show was the first of its kind to win the Pulitzer Prize?

    • A.

      I'm Still Here, Dammit!

    • B.

      The Two and Only

    • C.

      I Am My Own Wife

    • D.

      700 Sundays

    Correct Answer
    C. I Am My Own Wife
    Explanation
    "I Am My Own Wife" is the correct answer because it was the first one-man show to win the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. This play, written by Doug Wright, tells the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transgender woman who survived both Nazi and Communist regimes in Germany. The play explores themes of identity, resilience, and the power of storytelling, making it a groundbreaking and deserving recipient of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.

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  • 14. 

    Which Broadway smash featured the song "You Won't Succeed on Broadway if You Don't Have Any Jews"?

    • A.

      The Producers

    • B.

      The Wedding Singer

    • C.

      Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    • D.

      Spamalot

    Correct Answer
    D. Spamalot
    Explanation
    "Spamalot" is the correct answer because it is a Broadway musical that features the song "You Won't Succeed on Broadway if You Don't Have Any Jews." This song is a satirical number that highlights the significant contributions made by Jewish individuals in the history of Broadway. The other options, "The Producers," "The Wedding Singer," and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," do not feature this specific song in their respective productions.

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  • 15. 

    How many Tony Awards did "The Producers" win in 2001?

    • A.

      13

    • B.

      11

    • C.

      12

    • D.

      10

    Correct Answer
    C. 12
    Explanation
    "The Producers" won a total of 12 Tony Awards in 2001. This indicates that the musical was highly acclaimed and recognized by the Tony Awards committee. The number of awards received reflects the exceptional quality and success of the production, as it is not common for a single show to win such a large number of awards in a single year.

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