He may have been “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” but he also wrote the anthem made famous by Aretha Franklin and that serves as a highlight in the Off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes, “RESPECT.” Who is he?
Like other songs of its ilk, including “Teen Angel” by Mark Dinning (1959), “Tell Laura I Love Her”
by Ray Peterson (1960), and “Dead Man’s Curve” by Jan and Dean (1964), “Leader of the Pack”
by George “Shadow” Morton, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich is classified as a teen tragedy song.
Continuing from last week and for the next few weeks we’ll feature theatre trivia related to the 1950s and 60s and the hit Off-Broadway musical comedy The Marvelous Wonderettes. Here’s our next question.
What American trio sang the hit “Sugartime” and in what year?”
The next few weeks we’ll feature theatre trivia related to the 1950s and 60s and the hit Off-Broadway musical comedy The Marvelous Wonderettes. Here’s our first question. Follow us on Twitter for more fun trivia!
What American girl group recorded the number one song “Leader of the Pack?”
In the musical’s opening song, the “corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, An’ it looks like it’s climbin’ clear up to the sky.” Which is, mighty tall considering an average African elephant is 12-feet tall, putting it’s eye at about the 10- to 11-foot mark.
Rupert Holmes, the multi-talented artist, penned the Tony winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Holmes was first known as a pop singer/songwriter. His first international hit was “Timothy” recorded by the Buoys. What is “Timothy” about?
“Timothy” is a song about a mine cave-in during which one miner, named Timothy, dies, and to survive the others cannibalize him. Leading to another type of mystery, as the lyric queries, “Timothy, where on earth did you go?”
On May 10, 1949, the Astor Place Riot took place outside the Astor Opera House where a performance was to occur. There were more than 120 injured and 25 people we killed. What two feuding actors fueled the animosity for this night of violence?
The ongoing dispute between Edwin Forrest, one of the most esteemed American actors of the mid-19th century, and William Charles Macready, a similarly esteemed English actor, fueled the energies for the riot. The dispute between the two actors was over which of them was best at playing Shakespeare’s great roles.
Williams was not born in Tennessee. He was born in Columbus, Mississippi. When he was eight years old the family moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Williams, whose real name was Thomas Lanier Williams, took on the appellation “Tennessee” after spending time in the Volunteer State, his father’s home state, and finding solace in his grandparents.
The great songwriting team that gave us Cabaret, Chicago, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and so many other musicals, included music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Their adaptation of The Visit, with book by Terrence McNally, begins performances on March 26. It stars Chita Rivera.
Rob McClure plays Jack Singer in the Broadway musical adaptation of Honeymoon in Vegas. What actor played Jack Singer in the film comedy Honeymoon in Vegas? Also, what was the title of the other Vegas film in which he starred?
In the new, hit Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas, high stakes gambler Tommy tricks good guy Jack Singer into allowing him to take the woman that he loves, Betsy., to another state to have some fun. What state is that?
Tony Danza, who opens on Broadway this week in the new musical Honeymoon in Vegas, starred in two hit TV series, Taxi and Who’s the Boss? What were the first names of each of his characters, and extra points, if we were giving points, for knowing their last names.
On Taxi, Tony Danza’s first name was Tony, and on Who’s the Boss? his character’s first name was…. Tony. He played Tony Banta in Taxi and Tony Micelli on Who’s the Boss? In Honeymoon in Vegas, his character is not named Tony. It’s Tommy.
Rob McClure, who was nominated for a Tony for Chaplin and who opens this week in the musical Honeymoon in Vegas, made his Broadway debut in 2002 in the revival of a play by Herb Gardner. What was that show?
Brynn O’Malley, presently starring in the new musical Honeymoon in Vegas, which opens on January 15th, has been in six Broadway shows. In what show did she make her first appearance on The Great White Way?
O’Malley, who stars with Tony Danza and Rob McClure in Honeymoon in Vegas, first appeared on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast as a Townsperson. She eventually played the lead role of Belle. Her Broadway debut was on April 18, 1994.
Gene Kelly played him in the movie An American in Paris and Robert Fairchild will play him in the Spring 2015 Broadway premiere of the stage musical. What’s the name of the lead in An American in Paris?
This murder mystery farce opened and closed on February 22, 1983 on Broadway. By Arthur Bicknell, it is considered to be the standard by which all other Broadway disasters are judged. It starred Holland Taylor. What it the name of the show?
The show was called Moose Murders. Holland Taylor, one of the stars in the show, received a Best Actress Tony nomination in 2013 for the play Ann. Ann is about popular Texas politician Ann Richards. Taylor also wrote the play.
Tony Danza, who is now on Broadway in Honeymoon in Vegas, has had a varied career. Before becoming an actor, he started out as an athlete. What was his sport? [spolier] Danza, who is now packing a big punch on Broadway in the new musical Honeymoon in Vegas, was a professional boxer. His record was 9-3 and all of his wins were either by KO or TKO. Knock ’em dead tonight, Tony![/spoiler]
She was chosen to be on the nationally televised Broadway talent competition Grease: You’re the One that I Want! She won the competition, and the prize was the chance to open on Broadway in the revival of Grease in the lead role of Sandy. Laura Osnes returns to 54 Below tonight with a brand new show: The Paths Not Taken. Catch it!
This recent Tony winner received her first Tony nomination when she appeared as Melinda Wells in the revised revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever in 2011. That was a nom for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Her Tony win is for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. Who is she?
The Pilgrims eschewed the theatre and dancing and battled mightily against them in England. Thus, celebrating them through a medium that they found to be vain, blasphemous, and satanic would be, at the very least, ironic.
Wolf Hall: Parts 1 and 2 is coming to Broadway. It’s produced by the RSC. What is this play about and from whose perspective is it told? (/spoiler] The play focuses on the court of King Henry VIII and the story is told through the eyes of one of his most trusted advisers, Thomas Cromwell. There is plenty of intrigue, passion, love, politics, and much more. [/spoiler]
This musical is a parody of large, flashy 1930s Busby Berkeley-style movie musicals in which an understudy steps into a role on Broadway and becomes a star. It started Off-Off-Broadway, then transferred to Off-Broadway, and helped bring Bernadette Peters to prominence.
The musical is Dames at Sea and in the musical newcomer Ruby must step in at the last moment to save the show when the star is injured. When she’s asked if she can do it despite the fact that she’s never done the role, sung the music, or performed the dances, she replies sweetly and simply, “I’ll try.”
The play is Macbeth, and the title character says it. Although another character, Lennox, is referencing the weather and strange occurrences from the night before, Macbeth’s reference is to the yet unnoticed murder of King Duncan, which he secretly committed.
During the invasion of Tarawa in November 1943, he was piloting a U.S. Coast Guard landing craft. At that time, he rescued 47 Marines who were stranded offshore (and supervised the rescue of 30 others). This action occurred while under heavy enemy machine-gun fire
This 1978 Broadway musical includes songs by a variety of composers, including James Taylor, Mary Rodgers, and Stephen Schwartz and is based on a book of interviews by Studs Terkle. What is the name of the musical and what is the name of the source material?
What is the name of the 1938 musical that was directed by John Houseman and funded by the Federal Theatre Project that pits the working class against big business and urges unionization and calls for workers to strike?