Create Your Own Broadway Musical and We'll Reveal Which Current Show You Should Star In!

ENTERTAINMENT

Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

What musical style will your show have?

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Which theater will it premiere in?

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What is your cast size?

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How many ballads will you include?

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Will your hero be likable?

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What theme will all the reviewers comment on?

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What will your protagonist's best friend be like?

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How sympathetic will your villain be?

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What will the ending be like?

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What sort of voice will your show use in a really powerful way?

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Will you have a lot of stage magic?

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What sort of dancing will dominate the big dance number?

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Which Tony will you win?

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Which Tony will you be nominated for but lose to a gritty drama?

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Is your show family-friendly?

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Could someone who doesn't speak great English still enjoy your show without subtitles?

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Will your show be original or adapted from an existing property?

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Will there be any fantastical element to the plot?

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How long will it run?

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Who will take issue with your show?

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What message will your show present?

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Which number will people leave the theater humming?

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What will your show cost to develop?

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Is your show best suited to a smaller or larger house?

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Which Broadway actress will play your leading lady?

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Will your show still be current in 20 years?

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Will your show appeal to a more traditional theater-going audience or a newer one?

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Which part of your show will you personally write?

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Will your show lean on star casting or big name writers to sell tickets?

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Is your show secretly a lot more seditious than it seems at first glance?

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About This Quiz

The Great White Way has been a hub of American culture for over a century. Broadway isn't a location; it's a legal designation - it refers to a New York venue of over 500 seats with specific contracts with Actors' Equity and other unions. 

A show typically takes about 5-10 years of development - writing, readings, workshops, out-of-town tryouts, rewrites, etc. - plus $8-25 million to reach Broadway. There are only 40 Broadway theaters, and half have long-running shows, meaning not many spots are available. 

Theater owners, investors, and producers need to know a show will last long enough to pay back investment, as well as covering all their flops. Profitable shows are a minority, and hits are even rarer. Still, if your show lands, you can make a fortune (box office then licensing to am-dram, regional, and international), win awards, and most of all, transform hearts, uplift minds, and make thousands of people laugh.

What are the elements of a great show? First: the script or "book." Even if the show is sung-through, it has a book, and if the story sucks, no staging or music can compensate for that. Then there are the songs: opening number, hero's "I Want" song, the 11 o'clock number, the ballad, the charm song, the comedy song, the musical scene, the Act One closer, the overture, the closer. The writers - book, lyrics (usually the same person) and composer (who may also do lyrics) - must tie all these elements together. It's unbelievably difficult to get right.

Still, it's also incredibly important. There's a reason dictators always try to censor theater; it's a weapon for justice and freedom. Great theater can change minds, inform, entertain, educate, challenge, and liberate. So tell us about your show, and we'll help point you at the right existing show to fully express your beliefs, talent, and drive.

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