From 'Annie' to 'Chicago': Classic Broadway Musicals Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

What year did "The Phantom of the Opera" first entertain musical fans?

The Andrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece, which was based on a 1911 novel, hit the stage in 1986.


Where is "The Phantom of the Opera" set?

"Phantom" takes place at the Paris Opera House, where a disfigured phantom falls in love with a woman named Christine.


What musical premiered on Broadway on Nov. 14, 1996?

Murderess Velma Kelly and the rest of the "Chicago" gang first hit the stage in 1996.


What young lion is the star of "The Lion King" musical?

Based on the 1994 Disney movie about young Simba, "The Lion King" musical became a huge Broadway hit.


What musical features the song "Memory"?

Over 150 artists, from Barbra Streisand to Barry Manilow, have performed the song "Memory" from "Cats."


What year did "Cats" premiere on Broadway?

"Cats," which was based on a 1939 novel by T.S. Eliot, hit the Broadway stage in 1981.


How many people worldwide have seen "Les Miserables"?

More than 70 million fans around the world have seen "Les Mis," one of the longest-running musicals in history.


Which "Les Mis" character serves as the icon for the show?

In traditional ads for "Les Mis," young Cosette serves as an icon for the production.


What year did "A Chorus Line" premiere?

"A Chorus Line "premiered on Broadway in 1975 and offered musical fans a peek behind the scenes in the musical theater community.


What group's music is featured in "Mamma Mia!"?

"Mamma Mia!" draws its musical inspiration from Swedish supergroup ABBA.


What musical is based on a book by Gregory Maguire?

Gregory Maguire's best-seller "Wicked" serves as inspiration for "Wicked," which had its Broadway premiere in 2003.


What is the real name of the Wicked Witch of the West?

The musical "Wicked" tells the tale of Oz from a side not often seen — that of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.


What Tony Award-winning musical premiered in April 1996?

"Rent" hit the Broadway stage in April 1996 and quickly became a classic in the world of musical theater.


What classic musical features a girl named Kim who falls in love with a soldier?

In "Miss Saigon," a soldier named Chris falls in love with a young girl named Kim.


What year did "Jersey Boys" premiere?

"Jersey Boys," which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, premiered on Broadway in 2005.


What musical features the song "If I Were a Rich Man"?

"Fiddler on the Roof" is known for classic songs like "If I Were a Rich Man," " " and "Matchmaker, Matchmaker."


What musical features the song "We're in the Money"?

"We’re in the Money" comes from the show "42nd Street," which was inspired by a 1933 film of the same name.


Who travels from Allentown, Pennsylvania, to New York City to find stardom in "42nd Street"?

Peggy Sawyer heads from a small town to the big city to make her mark on Broadway in the musical "42nd Street."


What musical is based on the play "Pygmalion"?

"My Fair Lady," which tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, is based on the 1913 play by George Bernard Shaw.


What is the musical "Annie" based on?

"Annie" was inspired by Harold Gray's "Little Orphan Annie," a popular comic strip from the early 20th century.


True or false: More than 23 producers turned down "Annie" before it became a Broadway legend.

"Annie" wasn't always a guaranteed classic; a whopping 23 producers turned down the show before it made its Broadway premiere in 1977.


Which musical served as the first Rodgers and Hammerstein collaboration?

Curly the cowboy and the rest of the "Oklahoma!" cast starred in the very first musical collaboration by famed composers Rodgers and Hammerstein.


What musical tells the story of the Von Trapp family?

"The Sound of Music" takes viewers on a musical journey with the Von Trapp family and features the songs "Edelweiss" and "My Favorite Things."


What musical stars Professor Harold Hill?

The people of River City are taken for a con when Professor Harold Hill comes to town to sell them musical instruments.


What year did "The Music Man" premiere?

"The Music Man" premiered at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway in 1957 and ran for 1,375 performances.


What is the name of the English widow in "The King and I"?

Widow Anna Leonowens falls for the King of Siam in the musical "The King and I."


What year did "Guys and Dolls" hit Broadway?

Theater fans first had the opportunity to see the New York City-based romantic comedy "Guys and Dolls" when it premiered in 1950.


Who does Dolly attempt to play matchmaker for in "Hello, Dolly!"?

Dolly struggles to find love for grumpy old Horace in the classic musical "Hello, Dolly!"


What musical stars Tracy Turnblad?

Teen dancing queen Tracy Turnblad is the star of "Hairspray."


Who gets drafted in the musical "Hair"?

Berger's tribe of hippies loses their groove when Claude gets drafted in the 1968 musical "Hair."


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The Great White Way has been churning out songs that get our toes tapping and hands clapping for decades. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the songs, characters and stories behind the greatest musicals in Broadway history.

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