Here Are The Answers To Our First Honest-To-Goodness Theater Geek Trivia Contest

comtrag2aThe answers are below. Don’t peek until you’ve tried to answer them. No, don’t use Google, Boogle, Boggle, Chrome, Krome.

What local connection do these actors all share: Denzel Washington, Margo Martindale, Zach Grenier, Denis O’Hare and Judy Kaye?

They all performed at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Washington appeared in the 1979 production of Ceremonies in Dark Old Men.

Which of these plays was not made into a musical for the stage or screen? Teahouse of the August Moon, The Elephant Man, Juno and the Paycock, The Front Page, The Man Who Came To Dinner, You Can’t Take It With You, Our Town. For extra credit, give the name of the show that the others did become.

It was You Can’t Take It With You.  We think. Do you know how hard it is to find a successful play that was not tried as a musical?  Teahouse was made into Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentleman, a memorable flop; The Elephant Man: was the basis of a hilarious lampoon of musicals as Elephant! in the film The Tall Guy (well worth a look); Juno and the Paycock became, sure enough, Juno; The Front Page became a British musical Windy City; The Man Who Came To Dinner was Sherry with Clive Revill; Our Town was rewritten, workshopped extensively and produced once in 1987 by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt as Grover’s Corners, but they lost the rights from Wilder’s estate.

Theater critic Walter Kerr’s home life was the basis of a novel penned by his wife and then became a television series. Name it.

Please Don’t Eat The Daisies

Name three living Broadway stars who, for all practical purposes, can’t read music. Name the living Broadway composer who can’t notate. And for really extra credit, what noted musical accompanist helped two of them to get by until he died in 2004?

Barbara Cook, Mandy Patinkin and Carol Burnett. The composer is Mel Brooks. The accompanist was the late Wally Harper for Cook and Patinkin.

What 2003 Broadway box office flop (but Tony-nominated) tried out at the Coconut Grove Playhouse and whose director later blamed part of the problem on the lack of world-class resources promised by the Playhouse such as a turntable (a claim strongly disputed locally)?

Urban Cowboy. Director Lonny Price can be seen seriously dissing the Playhouse during a panel discussion preserved online at the American Theater Wing’s website.

Name the composer and/or lyricist of these relative box office flops: Carmelina, Pipe Dream, 70 Girls 70, Greenwillow, Here’s Love, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and a personal favorite, Celebration (all  were recorded at least in concert versions)

Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Frank Loesser, Meredith Willson, Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. The 1600 song is “Take Care of This House.”

Name one major straight play written in verse by the following authors: T.S. Eliot, Christopher Fry, a translation by Brian Hooker or Anthony Burgess, Caryl Churchill, Archibald MacLeish

Murder in the Cathedral, The Lady’s Not For Burning, Cyrano de Bergerac, Serious Money, J.B.

Finally, questions connected to shows opening this month:

When Gwen Verdon had surgery during the original production of Chicago (Broward Center Oct. 9-20), the producers contemplated ending its run. But then they hired a much-younger replacement who had recently become world famous. Who was she?

Liza Minnelli

The play version of Of Mice and Men (Palm Beach Dramaworks Oct. 11-Nov. 10) was based on the novella by John Steinbeck. What Nobel Prize-winning writer penned the play adaptation?

Steinbeck himself, although it was directed by George S. Kaufman who doubtless had a few dramaturgical suggestions.

Frederick Knott, playwright of Dial M For Murder (Maltz Jupiter Theatre Oct. 31-Nov. 10) wrote only one other hit play 14 years later. What was it?

Wait Until Dark

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2 Responses to Here Are The Answers To Our First Honest-To-Goodness Theater Geek Trivia Contest

  1. Alvin Entin says:

    Bill my friend, 1600 Pennsylvania does have a CD release as “White House Cantata” below are the tracks . I have it and it is wonderful.

    1. A White House Cantata: Part I: Prelude
    2. A White House Cantata: Part I: President George Washington (1789 – 97) – Ten Square Miles By The Potomac River (George Washington And Congress Choose A Location For the Capital City.) (President Washington, Delegates Of The 13 States)
    3. A White House Cantata: Part I: President John Adams (1797 – 1801) – If I Was A Dove (Little Lud Escapes From Slavery…) (Little Lud, Slaveowners)
    4. A White House Cantata: Part I: President John Adams (1797 – 1801) – Welcome Home, Miz Adams (… And Helps Abigail Adams Find The Unfinished White House.) (White House Servants)
    5. A White House Cantata: Part I: President John Adams(1797 – 1801) – Take Care Of This House (Mrs. Adams, Little Lud)
    6. A White House Cantata: Part I: President Thomas Jefferson (1801 – 09) – The President Jefferson Sunday Luncheon March (Thomas Jefferson entertains.) (President Jefferson, Guests)
    7. A White House Cantata: Part I: President James Madison (1809 – 17) – Seena (Grown-Up Lud Admires Thomaseena, Another Young Servant. (Lud)
    8. A White House Cantata: Part I: President James Madison (1809 – 17) – Sonatina (The British Dine At The White House.) (Admiral Cockburn, Officers Of The Royal Navy, Lud)
    9. A White House Cantata: Part I: President James Monroe (1817 – 25) – Lud’s Wedding (Lud And Seena Are Married.) (Lud, Seena, Chorus)
    10. A White House Cantata: Part I: President James Monroe (1817 – 25) – The Monroviad (James And Eliza Monroe Are Sleepless. He Had Decided To Send All The Blacks, Including The Servants, To Liberia. His Wife Disagrees.) (President Monroe, Mrs. Monroe)
    11. A White House Cantata: Part I: President James Monroe (1817 – 25) – This Time (For Lud And Seena, And For All Blacks, The Streets Of Washington Have Become More Dangerous.) (Seena, Lud)
    12. A White House Cantata: Part I: President James Buchanan (1857 – 61) – We Must Have A Ball (How Can James Buchanan Avert A Civil War? (President Buchanan)
    13. A White House Cantata: Part II: President Andrew Johnson – Bright And Black (Following Lincoln’s Abolition Of Slavery And The End Of The Civil War, The White House Servants Celebrate Their Future.) (Henry, Little Lud, Seena, Lud, Other Servants)
    14. Part II: Presidents Ulysses S. Grant (1869 – 77) And Rutherford B. Hayes (1877 – 81) – Duet For One (At The Hayes Inauguration, Julia Grant And Lucy Hayes Reflect On Their Futures – And On One Another.) (Mrs. Grant, Mrs. Hayes, President Hayes, Judge)
    15. A White House Cantata: Part II: President Chester Alan Arthur (1881 – 85) The Money-Lovin’ Minstrel Show: (A) Minstrel Parade (President Arthur Entertains Mr. Rockefeller And Mr. Vanderbilt With A Minstrel Show.) (Minstrels, Mr. Simoleon, Shekel Brothe…
    16. A White House Cantata: Part II: President Chester Alan Arthur (1881 – 85) – The Money-Lovin’ Minstrel Show: (B) Pity The Poor (Minstrels, Mr. Simoleon, Shekel Brothers)
    17. A White House Cantata: Part II: President Chester Alan Arthur (1881 – 85) – The Money-Lovin’ Minstrel Show: (C) The Grand Old Party (Minstrels, Mr. Simoleon, Shekel Brothers)
    18. A White House Cantata: Part II: President Theodore Roosevelt (1901 – 09) – To Make Us Proud (Theodore Roosevelt Brings New Dedication To A New Century.) (President Roosevelt, Entire Company)

  2. Marty Kohn says:

    “Our Town” was also made into a TV musical in the 1950s, starring Frank Sinatra as the Stage Manager. A young Paul Newman was in it and didn’t sing well. The song “Love and Marriage” comes from it and was the only decent song to come from it. I have seen it at the Museum of Broadcasting in New York.

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