What with the 2014 Tony’s happening this Sunday, there is no better time to brush up on your Broadway trivia! Test your knowledge with a few questions from The Broadway Musical Quiz Book. The answers will be posted next week. The questions we’ve chosen to ask have everything to do with Broadway’s most well-known duo: Rodgers and Hammerstein, of course. Think you know your Broadway stuff? Give it a go!
1) What is there to say about Oklahoma! (1943)? It marked a watershed in musical theatre history. Even poor souls who know next to nothing about musicals have heard of it. Richard Rodgers’ folksy melodies and Oscar Hammerstain’s easy, conversational lyrics helped give this tale of cowboys and farmers its naturalistic feel. Which of the following critters is not found in Oklahoma! (the show, not the state)?
A. a hawk
B. a lark
C. Rams and ewes
D. a field mouse
E. a little brown maverick
2) The duo followed Oklahoma!‘s triumph with another success, 19945’s Carousel, based on Ferenc Molnár’s Liliom. Fortunately for Rodgers and Hammerstein (and musical lovers everywhere), Molnár approved many changes to his play, including a drastically softened ending and its relocation from Hungary to New England. During the Boston tryouts, Hammerstein (or director Reuben Mamoulian, depending on which source you read) came up with a new concept for the deity figure: he became “the Starkeeper,” perched on his ladder, polishing the stars. How was this character previously depicted?
A. as a calm sea captain in a celestial boat
B. as a stonecutter
C. as the owner of the mill
D. as Billy’s angelic counterpart, the operator of a heavenly carousel
E. as “Mr. God,” sitting quietly in a New England parlor, with “Mrs. God” playing on the harmonium
3) 1949’s South Pacific returned the pair to the heights, capturing the Pulitzer for drama and running 1,925 performances. based on James Michener’s stories, it concerns the romance between a navy nurse, Nellie Forbush (Mary Martin), and a French plantation owner, Emile de Becque (opera star Ezio Pinza). The subplot involves the tragic love affair of a young officer (William Tabbert) for an island girl (Betta St. John). What does Lt. Cable try to give Bloody Mary (Juanita Hall) after he renounces Liat?
A. a boar’s tooth necklace
B. his grandfather’s watch
C. DiMaggio’s glove
D. “fo’ dolla'”
E. a blueberry pie
Posted on June 6, 2014, in Theatre and tagged Applause Books, Broadway, Oklahoma!, rodgers and hammerstein, South Pacific, The Broadway Musicals Quiz Book, Tony Awards 2014, trivia. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.