Special Sub-Topic: Learn Your ABC's the Broadway Way
|A: This musical is based on the late great music of "The King of Rock'n'Roll".|
All Shook Up. This is a musical based on the plot of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". It opened on March 24, 2005 and closed on September 25 of the same year after 213 performances.
|B: This "tale as old as time" is the story of a girl who finds beauty within a monster.|
Beauty and the Beast. This is adapted from the film by Disney with the same name. In the year 2006 this was sixth-longest running Broadway production, having opened April 18, 1994.
|C: Which musical includes songs such as "Memory", "Rum Tum Tugger" and "Mr. Mistoffolees".|
Cats. This was at one time the longest running show in Broadway history with 6,138 performances, but was surpassed by "The Phantom of the Opera" also composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
|D: The 1967 film version of this musical starred Rex Harrison and Samantha Eggar.|
Dr. Dolittle. Doctor Dolittle can speak 500 animal languages.
|E: This musical, made into a movie, featured music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, including "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina". |
Evita. The film was originally supposed to have Barbara Streisand or Liza Minelli as the lead role and to have Barry Gibb or Barry Manilow as Che.
|F: The most notable song in this show, loosely based on the story "The Romancers", is "Try to Remember".|
The Fantasticks. In the twenty-first century this is the WORLD'S longest running musical with 17,162 performances. It opened, with Jerry Orbach as the narrator, on May 3, 1960 and closed on January 13, 2002.
|G: This is a musical based on the music of The Beach Boys which opened in 2005.|
Good Vibrations. Opened on February 2, 2005 and closed on April 25, 2005 after 94 performances.
|H: This musical has issues of segregation, body image, and hair. My favorite song: "Welcome to the Sixties".|
Hairspray. This is a play based on a movie that is being remade into a movie, and for all you girls out there...Zac Efron is one of the lead roles.
|I: This is one of off-Broadway's longest running shows, second only to "The Fantasticks".|
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. It premiered in 1996 and was still in production ten years later. Tagline: "Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit."
|J: The story on which this musical is based can be found in the first book in the Bible. (Genesis)|
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This is the story of Joseph and how he is sold.
|K: This musical's plot comes from the autobiographical story of Anna Leonowens who became a school teacher to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860's.|
The King and I. This musical opened on March 29, 1951 and ran for 1246 performances. It has had three revivals along with two film versions - a live action and an animated.
|L: This musical is a 1982 adaptation of a movie with the same name by writer Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken, who also wrote the music to three Disney movies.|
Little Shop of Horrors. "Little Shop of Horrors" had its world premiere on May 6, 1982 at the WPA theatre and it opened off-Broadway on July 27, 1982.
|M: This is a musical based on the music of the hit group ABBA. The Broadway premiere of this musical was on October 18, 2001 at the Winter Garden Theatre.|
Mamma Mia!. On May 25, 2005 Mamma Mia surpassed the original Broadway runs of "The Sound of Music" "The King and I" and "Guys and Dolls" with 1500 performances. In early September 2006 it became the 24th longest-running Broadway musical of all time.
|N: The original 1982 Broadway production of this musical was directed by Tommy Tune and has one male cast member.|
Nine. The revival of "Nine" starred Antonio Banderas as Guido and won two Tony Awards - Best Musical Revival and Best Feautured Actress.
|O: Notable songs of this musical include "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'", "People Will Say We're in Love" and the title song.|
Oklahoma!. This was the first musical by the dynamic duo Rodgers and Hammerstein (need I say more?!) and it is said that this musical marked a revolution in musical drama.
|P: My favorite songs from this musical include: "Angel of Music", "The Music of the Night" and the title song.|
The Phantom of the Opera. To date, October 2006, this is the highest grossing entertainment event of all time with total worldwide box office takings of over $3.2 BILLION, and it is currently the longest running show on Broadway surpassing "Cats", another Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Talk about achievment!
|Q: This is the story of a boy named Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to NYC with big dreams but a small bank account.|
Avenue Q. Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life, in this musical made for teens and adults.
|R: This rock musical teaches you to measure your life in love while these eight friends go through the AIDS epidemic.|
Rent. This was the seventh-longest-running Broadway show in 2006 and opened on February 13, 1996. It was based on Puccini's "La Boheme".
|S: The second revival of this 1966 musical starred Christina Applegate and opened on May 4, 2005.|
Sweet Charity. This production closed on December 31, 2005 after 279 performances. A national tour of "Sweet Charity" began in September 2006.
|T: This was first a film in which Julie Andrews played the title role, along with Carol Channing and Mary Tyler Moore. (1967)|
Thoroughly Modern Millie. The Broadway production won six 2002 Tony Awards. It ended its run in 2004 and went on a national tour in 2004 and 2005.
|U: This is a musical about a town with no septic system and the troubles they go through while trying to take over the company that charges to use the public restroom.|
Urinetown The Musical. This hilarious musical opened on September 20, 2001, postponed due to the September 11 attacks, and ran through January 18, 2004 after 965 performances. It began a national tour on June 13, 2004.
|V: This musical started on October 25, 1995 and ran for 735 performances with Julie Andrews as the title character.|
Victor/Victoria. This is a musical based on a film which starred Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, and Lesley Ann Warren.
|W: This is the story of the Wicked Witch of the West, and her version of a classic tale.|
Wicked. On January 1, 2006 "Wicked" broke the record for the highest weekly box office gross in Broadway history with $1,610,934 a record that was previously held by "The Producers". The cast of "Wicked" celebrated its 1000th performance on March 23, 2006.
|Y: This show was based on the characters created by Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip "Peanuts".|
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. This musical was adapted for TV in 1973 and a primetime animated special was aired in 1985.
|Z: This is a musical adapted from the 1952 novel with the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis, upon which the 1964 Oscar-winning film starring Anthony Quinn was also based.|
Zorba. It opened on Broadway on November 16th, 1968 with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. It closed August 9th, 1969 after 305 performances. It was revived at The Broadway Theatre on October 16th, 1983 and closed September 2nd, 1984 after 362 performances.
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