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
Be the first to answer all four questions correctly and you’ll receive a free copy of James Bond FAQ, by Tom DeMichael. Make sure to include your email so that we can contact you if you win!
1. Who is the author and originator of the James Bond series?
2. How many Bond films did Sean Connery make?
3. Who played Le Chiffre in the 2006 film Casino Royale?
4. What was the latest James Bond movie?
A favorite of film followers for 50 years, James Bond is the hero loved by everyone: Men want to be just like him, women just want to be with him. Moviegoers around the world have spent more than $5 billion to watch his adventures across the last five decades. What’s not to enjoy about such a glorious multitude of gadgets, gals, grand locations, and grandiose schemes hatched by master villains and megalomaniacs?
Now, James Bond FAQ is a book that takes on the iconic cinema franchise that’s lasted for so many years. Sometimes serious as SPECTRE, sometimes quirkier than Q, but always informative, this FAQ takes the reader behind-the-scenes, as well as in front of the silver screen. Everyone’s included: Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, and Craig; little-known facts about TV’s first shot at 007, the same Bond story that was made into two different films; whatever happened to those wonderful cars and gizmos that thrilled everyone; plus much more. It’s a book for the casual, as well as hardcore, James Bond fan.
James Bond FAQ is filled with biographies, synopses, production stories, and images and illustrations seldom seen in print, leaving little else to be said about the world’s favorite secret agent. This book includes a foreword by Eunice Gayson.
Are you a true fan of Doctor Who? The first person to correctly answer the following questions will win a free copy of Doctor Who FAQ by Dave Thompson. Don’t forget to include your email address so we can contact you if you win!
1. Who played the first Doctor?
2. Who (or what) is the Doctor’s longest-running nemesis?
3. Who is the Doctor’s current companion?
4. How many incarnations has the Doctor had?
Doctor Who is indisputably the most successful and beloved series on UK TV, and the most watched series in the history of BBC America. Doctor Who FAQ tells the complete story of its American success, from its first airings on PBS in the 1970s, through to the massive Doctor Who fan conventions that are a staple of the modern-day science fiction circuit. Combining a wealth of information and numerous illustrations, Doctor Who FAQ also includes a comprehensive episode guide.
From the Doctor’s most impressive alien foes and the companions who have fought alongside him to unimagined planets and unexpected points in history, from some of the greatest minds ever to have walked the Earth, to the most evil beings ever to haunt the universe, it’s all covered here, including the Tardis, the none-too-reliable “bigger on the inside than the out” blue box in which the Doctor travels.
Be the first to answer all three questions correctly in the comments, and you’ll win a free copy of Jimi Hendrix FAQ! Just be sure to include your email address so we can contact you if you win.
1. What was the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s first hit single?
2. Jimi Hendrix played a famous rendition of what song during Woodstock?
3. Who was the last person to see Jimi Hendrix alive?
Jimi Hendrix left the world too soon at the age of twenty-seven, but, despite the brevity of his career, his body of work is as vital to 20th-century music as that of Louis Armstrong, the Beatles, and Miles Davis. Hundreds of hours of unreleased studio sessions and concert performances were his salvation.
A modest man but highly competitive musician, Hendrix set the stage for many of the most significant musical movements to emerge between 1970 and 1999, including heavy metal, fusion, glam rock, and rap. Voodoo bluesman, sonic producer, the lyricist that out-Dylaned Dylan: these are what snatch our attention 40 years after his death, as do his “aw, shucks” smile in photos and the raw sexuality of his concert performances. It’s hard to find the man under all the falsehoods told by friends, business associates, and even Jimi himself. Jimi Hendrix FAQ attempts to present the facts in a fast-moving, fan-friendly read.
Test your knowledge of film noir! Be the first person to answer all three questions correctly (and tell us about your favorite noir film) and you’ll get a free copy of Film Noir FAQ by David Hogan. Don’t forget to include your email address so we can contact you in case you’re the winner.
1. Who played Norma Desmond’s butler Max in Sunset Boulevard?
2. Name three movies that Humphrey Bogart starred in.
3. Who wrote the original novel Psycho in 1959?
Bonus question – What is your favorite noir film?
Film Noir FAQ celebrates and reappraises some 200 noir thrillers representing 20 years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Noir pulls us close to brutal cops and scheming dames, desperate heist men and hardboiled private eyes, and the unlucky innocent citizens that get in their way. These are exciting movies with tough guys in trench coats and hot tomatoes in form-fitting gowns. The moon is a streetlamp and the narrow streets are prowled by squad cars and long black limousines. Lives are often small but people’s plans are big – sometimes too big. Robbery, murder, gambling; the gun and the fist; the grift and the con game; the hard kiss and the brutal brush-off.
Film Noir FAQ brings lively attention to story, mood, themes, and technical detail, plus behind-the-scenes stories of the production of individual films. Featuring numerous stills and posters – many never before published in book form – highlighting key moments of great noir movies. Film Noir FAQ serves up insights into many of the most popular and revered names in Hollywood history, including noir’s greatest stars, supporting players, directors, writers, and cinematographers.
Pour a Scotch, light up a smoke, and lean back with your private guide to film noir.
Back to our regularly scheduled trivia quiz! First person to answer all four questions correctly will win a free copy of Fab Four FAQ 2.0 by Robert Rodriguez. Include your email address so we can contact you if you win.
Q: What song did John Lennon pen on Ringo’s 1976 album Rotogravure?
Q: Where did John and Yoko honeymoon in March 1969?
Q: What song was McCartney originally accredited to, despite having nothing to do with the composition?
Q: What did Paul apparently say to a reporter when first asked about the death of John Lennon?
In the years following the 1960s, Beatle fans around the world were twice-stunned: in 1970, when their beloved group disbanded, and ten years later when the murder of John Lennon ended a decade of hope that somehow the Fab Four would reunite. Fab Four FAQ 2.0 picks up the story where the acclaimed Fab Four FAQ left off. Loaded with images of rare period ephemera, including periodicals, single sleeves, and movie stills, this is the first comprehensive biography of all four ex-Beatles. This book covers everything from their recording careers in the decade after the band’s dissolution to the musicians they played with, the bands they influenced, the manifestations of latter-day Beatlemania, and the constant clamor for reunion expressed by fans and – sometimes – by the four themselves.
Time for some Beach Boys trivia. We’re giving away one free copy of The Beach Boys FAQ by Jon Stebbins to the first person who posts all five correct answers to our questions. Don’t forget to leave an email address so we can contact you if you win!
1. Who originally suggested the band change its name from the Pendletones to the Beach Boys?
2. Side Two of Holland’s opens with Carl Wilson’s track, “The Trader” and a voice that says “Hi.” Whose voice is it?
3. Who was Brian Wilson’s first wife?
4. Which member of the band drowned in December 1983?
5. Who was the oldest Wilson brother?
In celebration of David Gilmour’s birthday today, we’re going to give a free copy of Pink Floyd FAQ by Stuart Shea (Backbeat Books) to the first person who leaves all three correct answers to these trivia questions below in comments. You must include your email address so that we can contact you if you win.
1. In which album were both David Gilmour and Syd Barrett part of the band?
2. How was the introduction to the iconic “Wish You Were Here” recorded?
3. Who was the band’s go-to back-up guitarist while on tour in the 70s?
The first person to answer all three questions CORRECTLY in the comments will win a free copy of Fab Four FAQ (Hal Leonard Books). You must include your email address so we can contact you if you win.
.Q: Which Beatle was the first to cross Abbey Road, as depicted on the iconic album’s cover?
Q: Where did George Harrison meet his first wife Pattie Boyd?
Q: What year does Stuart Sutcliffe decide to quit the Beatles?