James Lapine wrote and will direct Act One on Broadway.
James Lapine adapted and will direct Act One on Broadway.

Act One, which has been adapted by James Lapine for a Broadway production in early 2014, is an autobiographical work by a well-known writer/producer/director who was active on Broadway from the 1930s through the early 1960s. Who wrote Act One?

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Robert Preston played Professor Harold Hill.
Robert Preston played Professor Harold Hill.

Who played the role of Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man in the original Broadway production, which starred Robert Preston as Professor Harold Hill?

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Sutton Foster comes to Broadway in Violet.
Sutton Foster comes to Broadway in Violet.

Sutton Foster, who returns to Broadway in Violet, has won two Tonys. What shows were they for?

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He won the Tony and this award too!
He won the Tony and this award too!

This actor won the Tony and the Oscar for the same role and played that role a total of 4625 times on Broadway and in national tours. He died of lung cancer in 1985. Who is the actor and what was the role for which he was he most famous?

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The Tony did not look like this in 1949.
The Tony did not look like this in 1949.

What musical was the first to win the Tony for Best Musical?

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A scene from the movie version of this musical.
A scene from the movie version of this musical.

It was the first musical to break Broadway’s 1,000-plus performance mark. It did it on December 17, 1941. What was the name of this musical?

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Shirley Booth and Burt Lancaster in the film Come Back, Little Sheba. Booth won the Oscar that year.
Shirley Booth and Burt Lancaster in the film Come Back, Little Sheba. Booth won the Oscar that year.

His plays include Bus Stop, Come Back, Little Sheba, and Picnic.

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It's the Sesame Street gang!
It’s the Sesame Street gang!

What Off-Broadway musical utilizes Sesame Street as one of its foundation elements but is definitely for adults and not children? 

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Glenn Close.
Glenn Close.

What was the first Broadway musical in which actress Glenn Close appeared?

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Why is it downstage?

Why do we say someone is walking or crossing downstage when in a proscenium theatre they cross towards the audience?

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Shakespeare's Macbeth, now on Broadway with Ethan Hawke and Anne-marie Duff.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth, now on Broadway with Ethan Hawke and Anne-Marie Duff.

Which ancient playwright is said to have influenced Shakespeare?

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In 1990, the theatre was renamed in honor of the composer, Richard Rodgers, who had an enormous impact on Broadway for more than 30 years.
How many seats maximum before you’re on Broadway?

 

The difference between an Off-Broadway and Broadway theatre in NYC is seating capacity. What’s the maximum number of seats an Off-Broadway theatre can have?

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A Christmas Carol adapted by Patrick Barlow will be Off-Broadway for the holidays.
A Christmas Carol adapted by Patrick Barlow will be Off-Broadway for the holidays.

 

What decade marked the start of the Off-Broadway theatre movement?

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Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sammy Davis, Jr.

What was the name of the Broadway show that was written specifically to showcase the talents of Sammy Davis, Jr.?

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Who is her dad?
Who is her dad?

This singer/songwriter had a famous Dad who was a major Broadway star. Who was he and what Rodgers and Hammerstein made him famous?

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Maxwell Anderson wrote hit after hit in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
Maxwell Anderson wrote hit after hit in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

It was playwright Maxwell Anderson’s first hit play. The comedy-drama focused on war and was noted for it’s rough, realistic language. What is the title of the play?

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Mary Martin and the kids in The Sound of Music.
Mary Martin and the kids in The Sound of Music.

Who wrote the book for the musical The Sound of Music, which featured music by Richard Rodgers?

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The acclaimed Mary Bridget Davies as Joplin in A Night with Janis Joplin.

The musical A Night with Janis Joplin is running on Broadway with Mary Bridget Davies as the Queen. What year did Joplin die and what other psychedelic rockets passed away that same year?

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Nichols with comedy partner Elaine May.
Nichols with comedy partner Elaine May.

Director Mike Nicholas, who is directing the revival of Betrayal on Broadway, has 10 Tonys. For what show and in what year did he win his last Tony?

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Lear in madness.
Lear in madness.

In King Lear what is the name of the daughter who refuses to declare her love for her father publicly (as her other sisters have) despite the fact that of the three she is the only one who truly loves him.

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They do hope they get it.
They do hope they get it.

What innovative director/choreographer was instrumental in creating A Chorus Line?

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Ben Hur on stage included the chariot race.
Ben Hur on stage included the chariot race.

Ben Hur was one of the most spectacular plays to ever occupy the stages of America. It was extremely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Who wrote the novel on which it is based?

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Israel Isidore Beilin was a contemporary of George Gershwin.
Israel Isidore Beilin was a contemporary of George Gershwin.

His real name is Israel Isidore Beilin and he’s responsible for composing some of Broadway’s biggest hit tunes. What is the name by which everyone knows this composer/lyricist?

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The Globe recreation today.
The Globe recreation today.

In Shakespeare’s time the cheapest seats in the house were not seats at all. They were standing spots in front of and on the sides of the stage. What was the area called in which spectators stood and how much did a ticket cost to stand in that area?

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In some way it helps to look like Hedwig, if you’re playing Hedwig.

When an actor is cast because they look right for the role, what is this called?

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Twelfth Night comes to Broadway this season.
Twelfth Night comes to Broadway this season.

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night has a secondary title. The play is entitle Twelfth Night or…?  What comes after the “or” in the title?

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Ethan Hawke plays Macbeth on Broadway this season.
Ethan Hawke plays Macbeth on Broadway this season.

Shakespeare may have written Macbeth partly to win favor with England’s King James I. What character in the play was James I related to?

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The characters Sam and Rick in Casablanca
The characters Sam and Rick in Casablanca

The classic movie Casablanca was based on a stage play. What was the name of the play?

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Sophocles looking dapper.
Sophocles looking dapper.

What Greek playwright introduced the third speaking actor into a scene, making it possible for playwrights to create a lot more conflict because as we know two’s company and three IS a crowd.

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Jackman will play Houdini.
Jackman will play Houdini.

Houdini the new musical is said to be Broadway bound in 2014. Who is writing the music and lyrics for the new musical?

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Paul Newman as the Stage Manager in Our Town.
Paul Newman as the Stage Manager in Our Town.

In Our Town, on what small New England town is Thornton Wilder’s Grover’s Corners based?  

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Playwright Lorraine Hansberry.
Playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

Where does the title of Lorraine Hansberry’s play, A Raisin in the Sun, come from?

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"Playwright Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
Tennessee Williams

What was Tennessee William’s real name?

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Wicked
Wicked received 11 Tony nominations.

In Wicked, two women received Tony nominations for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. Who were they and which, if either, won?

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Sondheim created the musical company with book writer George Furth.
Sondheim created the musical company with book writer George Furth.

What Broadway icon played Joanne in the original production of Company?

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Neil Simon had a major breakthrough later in his career with Broadway Bound.
Neil Simon had a major breakthrough later in his career with Broadway Bound.

How many Tonys has writer Neil Simon won and for what plays?

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Fred's career took off even more with his second major dance partner.
Fred’s career took off even more with his second major dance partner.

Who was Fred Astaire’s first dance partner?

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Here’s a hint!

What Broadway theatre has the most seats and how many?

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"Lane, who will star in The Nance, in The Producers with Broderick"
Mel Brooks’ The Producers.

What was Mel Brooks’ first Broadway musical?

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 Patricia Morison was the first Kate.
Patricia Morison was the first Kate.

Who wrote the musical Kiss Me Kate?

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Another rainbow song.
Another rainbow song.

From what show is the song Look to the Rainbow?  

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Ziegfeld stood behind his decision.
Ziegfeld stood behind his decision.

This black performer/comedian was hired by Ziegfeld to star in his Follies despite the fact that white performers threatened to walk out. One of his most famous songs was “Nobody.” 

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How do you get to Broadway? It’s just like Carnegie Hall…practice.

To be classified as a Broadway theatre, the house has to have a minimum number of seats and the theatre must be in a certain geographic area. In what manner is that geographic area described?

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In the musical A Christmas Story, the family has "Chinese turkey" on Christmas day.
In the musical A Christmas Story, the family has “Chinese turkey” on Christmas day.

In the theatre what is a “turkey” and in what song is the phrase “even with a turkey that you know will fold” used?

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Shakespeare was a member of this theatre company which had two different names.
Shakespeare was a member of this theatre company which had two different names.

What were the names of the theatre company of which William Shakespeare was a member?

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George Gershwin wrote his first hit at 20.
George Gershwin wrote his first hit at 20.

The song sold millions in sheet music, it was in various shows and was George Gershwin’s first major hit. What was it?

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Tea for Two.
Tea for Two.

This musical is said to be responsible for Babe Ruth, then with the Red Sox, being sold to the Yankees. One of the best known songs from the musical is Tea for Two. What’s the name of the show?

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gandolfiniJames Gandofini, who is best known for playing Tony Soprano on the hit HBO series, returned to Broadway in 2009 and was nominated for a Tony. In what play did he appear?

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sophocles23A Greek playwright from the 5th century BCE is credited with adding the third actor into scenes, which created all sorts of opportunities for conflict (two’s company and three IS a crowd). Which playwright did this?

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Ian McKellen, as King Lear, will be on Broadway this season with Patrick Stewart in Waiting for Godot and No Man's Land.
Ian McKellen, as King Lear, will be on Broadway this season with Patrick Stewart in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land.

In Shakespeare’s King Lear, Lear is angered in the first scene by one of his daughter’s replies when he asks her how much she loves him. What daughter is it?

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petersEarly in her career Bernadette Peters appeared in numerous shows in which she won praise. One was a musical that was a parody of the Busby Berkeley movies of the 1930s. She played Ruby in the show. What show was it?

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Helen Morgan in the film Show Boat.
Helen Morgan in the film Show Boat.

Who played the original Julie LaVerne in the 1927 production of Show Boat? She also played the role in the original singing/talking movie adaptation of the stage show.

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Sondheim has had many different book writers.
Sondheim has had many different book writers.

With what librettist has Stephen Sondheim worked the most? How many shows have they done together?

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What are they like as teens?
What are they like as teens?

What’s the title of the play that parodies the Peanuts characters, looking at them as troubled teens?

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A young Sonheim.
A young Sondheim.

What is the title of Stephen Sondheim’s first musical and when was it written?

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And the answer is?
And the answer is?

Who has the most appearances as  a lone host (no cohosts) of the Tonys?

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Does the original Timmy look familiar?
Does the original Timmy look familiar?

In the original Broadway production of The Subject Was Roses, which opened May 26, 1964, two young actors at different times played the lead role of Timmy Cleary. Both would become big stars. The original Timmy would star in at least one apocalyptic film and the other would graduate to become a major leading man in the movies even though he did not look like your typical leading man. Who were these actors?

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Original Fiddler on the Roof Playbill cover.
Original Fiddler on the Roof Playbill cover.

In Fiddler on the Roof, whose ghost warns Tevye of the horrible things that will happen if Tzeitel marries Lazar Wolf?

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Judy Garland on Broadway.
Judy Garland on Broadway.

Judy Garland played a famous Broadway theatre in 1951 and her show ran for an astounding 19 weeks and broke all box office records. What theatre did she play?

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Where was the orchestra in the 5th century Greek theatre?
Where was the orchestra in the 5th century Greek theatre?

The ancient Greek theatre had a space called the orchestra. But the orchestra in that theatre space was in a different location and served a different purpose than today’s orchestra, which is the primary seating area located on the first floor audience level.  What was the orchestra in the ancient Greek theatre and where was it located?

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Paul Simon wrote a Broadway musical.
Paul Simon wrote a Broadway musical.

What was the name of the Broadway musical by Paul Simon and what was it about?

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Playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Sherwood.
Playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Sherwood.

Playwright Robert Sherwood won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama three times. What’s unusual about those three wins? 

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Matilda The Musical's award winning lighting.
Matilda The Musical’s award winning lighting.

In theatrical lighting there is something called a gobo. What is a gobo and what does the acronym stand for?

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Playwright, actor, director George Kelly.
Playwright, actor, director George Kelly.

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright George Kelly, who was also an actor, screenwriter and director, was the uncle of a famous actress. Who was that actress?

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Angela Lansbury and George Hearn in Sweeney Todd on Broadway.
Angela Lansbury and George Hearn in Sweeney Todd on Broadway.

In the musical Sweeney Todd, in what city and on what street is the Demon Barber’s shop located?

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Mame
Angela Lansbury won a Tony for Mame.

Who wrote the hit musical Mame?

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Aaron Sorkin was writing the book for the new musical Houdini but is said to have gone onto another project.
Aaron Sorkin was writing the book for the new musical Houdini but is said to have gone onto another project.

Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter, producer and playwright, got his big break from a play he wrote that also became a popular movie. What was that play?

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Big Fish comes to Broadway this fall.

Big Fish is a new musical coming to Broadway. Who is the composer/lyricist?

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Chicago is the longest running American musical on Broadway.
Chicago is the longest running American musical on Broadway.

What is the musical Chicago based on? Who wrote the source material?

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Wicked continues to be popular with all ages.

Who wrote the music and lyrics for the musical Wicked? Extra credit- who is the book writer?

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The original production of Death of a Salesman was designed by this artist.
The original production of Death of a Salesman was designed by this artist.

What scenic and lighting designer created the sets and/or lights for innumerable plays and musicals on Broadway, including Street Scene, Winterset, Strange Interlude, Carousel, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, The King and I, A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Gypsy, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie?

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