From Broadway to the West End: Musicals of the 1980s Quiz
by Staff
What kind of a quiz covers Victor Hugo and break-dancing and a whole lot in between? This one! Join us on stage and screen to test your knowledge of the French Revolution, a feline extravaganza and a labyrinth — in song, of course.

The 1982 Broadway musical "Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" features a song called what?

  • "Little Fat Girls"
  • "Time to Cry in the Shower"
  • "The Bishop"

"Les Miserables" is a …

  • comic opera
  • sung-through musical
  • jukebox musical

"Les Miserables" made its premiere where?

  • Broadway
  • the West End of London
  • Paris

What famous stage actress was the original Fantine on the West End?

  • Stockard Channing
  • Bernadette Peters
  • Patti LuPone

What show (and later film) features the song "Suddenly, Seymour"?

  • "Cats"
  • "Little Shop of Horrors"
  • "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

Where did "Little Shop of Horrors" first open?

  • the West End of London
  • Broadway
  • off-Broadway

Where did the original show NEVER run?

  • Broadway
  • the West End of London
  • neither

Let's get into film. What '80s musical movie did Jim Henson direct?

  • "Labyrinth"
  • "The Muppet Movie"
  • "The NeverEnding Story"

In the 1982 film "Victor/Victoria," who plays the cross-dressing lead?

  • Liza Minnelli
  • Carol Burnett
  • Julie Andrews

Who wrote the music for "Victor/Victoria"?

  • George Gershwin
  • Stephen Sondheim
  • Henry Mancini

What Disney musical film came out in 1989?

  • "Fantasia"
  • "The Little Mermaid"
  • "The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh"

What musical film debuted in 1984 with a famous singer in the lead role?

  • "Thriller"
  • "Grease"
  • "Purple Rain"

The 1984 cult hit "Breakin'" is about what musical trend?

  • salsa dancing
  • vogueing
  • break dancing

What now-famous musician was in both "Breakin'" and "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo"?

  • Ice-T
  • Ice Cube
  • John Legend

Ice- T also featured in a 1985 film loosely connected to "Breakin' 2" called what?

  • "Broke"
  • "Rappin'"
  • "Dancin'"

"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" had a run of how many shows in its 1982 Broadway opening?

  • 782
  • five
  • none

What is the name of the T.S. Eliot book that the 1982 Broadway hit "Cats" is based on?

  • "Cats"
  • "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats"
  • "Cats of the World, and Where to Find Them"

What "Cats" song is NOT taken from Eliot's original words?

  • "The Invitation to the Jellicle Ball"
  • "Old Deuteronomy"
  • "Memory"

"Starlight Express" made it onto Broadway in 1987. What set it apart from other musicals?

  • The actors are all naked.
  • The actors speak Esperanto half the time.
  • The actors are all roller-skating.

1984's "Sunday in the Park With George" is based on what?

  • a painting
  • a novel
  • another play

"42nd Street" debuted on Broadway in 1980. Before that, it was …

  • a successful touring show
  • a film
  • neither

The 1980 film "Xanadu" takes its name from what?

  • a nightclub in the film
  • a Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem
  • both

Barbra Streisand starred in what film musical of 1983?

  • "Funny Girl"
  • "A Star Is Born"
  • "Yentl"

What song is featured in "Yentl"?

  • "Papa Don't Preach"
  • "Papa, Are You With Me?"
  • "Papa, Can You Hear Me?"

What 1988 musical proved to be one of the most expensive flops in Broadway history?

  • "Pac-Man"
  • "War and Peace"
  • "Carrie"

The off-Broadway show "Nunsense" started off as ...

  • a public access show
  • a novella
  • a line of greeting cards

1987's "Into the Woods" retells the stories from what author?

  • the Brothers Grimm
  • Charles Perrault
  • both

1985's "Big River" was a Broadway production based on what book?

  • "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
  • "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
  • "Little House on the Prairie"

"Miss Saigon" premiered on the West End in 1989. What is the story based on?

  • an opera
  • a film
  • a book

Lea Salonga played Kim in the original "Miss Saigon." What other famous character has Salonga given voice to?

  • Ariel in "The Little Mermaid"
  • Princess Jasmine in "Aladdin"
  • Belle in "Beauty and the Beast"