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Many Musicals Started Out as Something Else
Origins of Musicals
"Many musicals were based on other sources--movies, plays, novels, short stories. However, many changes were made in plots and characters when adapting these works into musicals. Let's explore some of these changes!"
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In "Green Grow the Lilacs," the unbalanced farmhand who loved Laurey was named Jeeter. In the play's musical version, "Oklahoma!", he was named Jud. Why was the name changed?
Rodgers and Hammerstein didn't like the name Jeeter
There was no name change
Jud was an easier name to rhyme
The play "Tobacco Road" also had a character called Jeeter
What major plot development from "A Raisin in the Sun" was dropped in its musical version, "Raisin"?
Beneatha's desire to be a doctor
The character of Joseph Asagai
Walter wanting to use the insurance money to buy a bar
At the end of the musical "Show Boat," all of the major characters are still alive. What characters are still alive at the end of its source novel of the same name?
Parthy, Magnolia, Kim
Cap'n Andy, Magnolia, Kim
Gaylord, Magnolia, Kim
Magnolia, Ellie, Kim
What startling realization does Lili make in the musical "Carnival" much later than she does in its source, the film "Lili"?
Marco the Magnificent was a womanizer
The puppets had Paul's voices and were various components of his personality
Rosalie was jealous of Marco
She came from a town called Mira
Charity, the leading character of "Sweet Charity," is a taxi dancer. In its source, the Italian film "Le Notti di Cabiria," what is the female lead's occupation?
In the play "Twentieth Century", the looney pretend millionaire who says he will back Oscar Jaffee's religious play is a man named Matthew Clark. In the play's musical version, this character is now a woman named Letitia Primrose. Why the change in the character's sex?
The producers had signed Imogene Coca for the show but had no part for her to play
There were very few women in the original play
Madeline Kahn insisted
The writers thought the character would be funnier as a woman
What MAJOR character from the movie "All About Eve" is nowhere to be found in its musical version, "Applause"?
The playwright's wife - Karen Richards
The playwright - Buzz Richards
The director - Bill Sampson
The critic - Addison deWitt
In "Pygmalion," there is a scene where Mrs. Higgins entertains some callers at an "at-home." With minor changes in dialog, this scene becomes the basis of what scene in its musical version, "My Fair Lady"?
The Embassy Ball scene
The Closing scene
The Opening scene
The Ascot scene
The straight play "Merrily We Roll Along" unfolds backwards from 1930 into 1916. What time frame does the ORIGINAL Broadway production of the musical version of the same name occupy?
Also 1930 into 1916
1980 into 1955
1980 into 1950
1980 into 1957
Although uncredited, many theatre historians and literary critics maintain that the musical "Brigadoon" is based on what short story?
Once in the Highlands
Once Every Hundred Years
Through The Mists
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