The Big Broadway Quiz Thing August 7th: Preview 10 Theater Questions

BroadwayQuizThingLogoNoah Tarnow makes a living being quizzical. The creator of The Big Quiz Thing, he is bringing his act to The New-York Historical Society for a night of Broadway trivia August 7th.

NoahTarnowBonus good news: Friday nights, museum admission is pay-what-you-wish, and there’s no extra charge to play the game.

Below are a sample of ten questions that he might be asking. See how many you can answer correctly.

(Answers below)


 1. In three-time Broadway production The Music Man, they’ve got trouble, my friends, right there in River City. With a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for what?

 2What Tom Stoppard play, revived last year, shares its name with a former Coca-Cola slogan?

 3. Not Jaws, not Schindler’s List: Name the two Broadway musicals from the past ten years that were adapted from movies directed by Steven Spielberg.

4. Ironically considering its title, the jukebox musical Rock of Ages features no songs by what British rock band?

 5. What play, which ran on Broadway from last November to February, was about a real-life person named Joseph Merrick—not, as the play claims, John Merrick?

 6. What current Broadway show’s title references genitalia (or the lack thereof)?

 7. Name the classic play, seen on Broadway last year: Only five characters, one set, and a title character who is never seen.

 8. What recent Tony winner for Best Musical was largely set in the nation of Uganda?

 9. With 21 productions, which is the most produced Shakespeare play on Broadway that’s named for a 100 percent verifiably real English monarch? (So no, it’s not Julius Caesar.)

 10. Only two current Broadway theaters are named for living people, both of them extremely famous among anyone interested in American theater. Who are they?


 1. Pool

 2The Real Thing

 3. The Color Purple, Catch Me If You Can

 4. Def Leppard (since it’s named for their song “Rock of Ages”)

 5. The Elephant Man

 6. Hedwig and the Angry Inch

7. Waiting for Godot

 8. The Book of Mormon

 9. Richard III

 10. Neil Simon, Stephen Sondheim

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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