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Quiz about Musical Theatre with Ralph the Llama
Quiz about Musical Theatre with Ralph the Llama

Musical Theatre with Ralph the Llama Quiz


Ralph has finally discovered musical theatre, but there are so many musicals he can't see them all! Ralph's llama friends try to help by offering up some of their favorites.

A multiple-choice quiz by Team Revenge of the Llamas. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
kaddarsgirl
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
356,186
Updated
Jan 27 24
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
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Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Oh, Ralph, I will never forget the first time I saw a Broadway show. I watched from standing room way at the back of the theater (that would be a perfect place for you, my llama friend). There were Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet up there singing their hearts out to each other, truly magical. Unfortunately, Richard Burton had already left the production when I saw it. What was this musical that lent its name to an era of American history? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. I would like to suggest that anyone, even a llama, might enjoy my favorite musical. You'll know you are watching my favorite musical if you see an Asian king singing and dancing with a European schoolteacher. What is the name of this musical production that made its first debut on March 29, 1951 at Broadway's St. James Theater and starred Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Ralph the llama has decided to put on his ballet shoes rather than try his hand at boxing. One of his favorite songs from this musical is "The Letter". This musical takes place during the coal miners' strike in Britain. Do you know the name of this musical? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Ralph might feel more at home with a musical set closer to home - Argentina in this case. Which revolutionary hero usually fills the role of the 'everyman' narrator/observer in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Evita"? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Why Ralph, I see you have a fine bundle of lettuce there and furthermore, you look like a llama in search of a good time, so please step into Mindy's restaurant and I will fix you up. We can see Miss Adelaide show her shape at the Hot Box and shoot dice with Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson before we wind up with the rest of the sinners at Sarah Brown's Mission. I think you will like my favorite musical more than somewhat, but what is it called? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. I plan on taking Ralph to see my favorite musical tonight, and I do believe he will enjoy it. I think he might like Mr. Mushnik, and I hope he doesn't try to eat Audrey II during intermission! I also hope he doesn't mind all my poor singing, especially when I attempt "Skid Row". Which musical do I plan on taking Ralph to go see? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Llamas are not exactly renowned for their singing ability, but Ralph was tempted to join in the chorus and give a rousing "Hosanna Heysanna Zanna Zanna Ho" when he went to see this musical. The 2012 UK arena tour also featured Ralph's favorite member of the Spice Girls as Mary Magdalene, and the whole thing is set in a hot, dry country, so he really enjoyed the show. Which musical is this? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. I think Ralph would really enjoy one of my favorite Broadway musicals, "Catch Me If You Can". The Broadway musical is based on the autobiographical book of the same title, written by Frank William Abagnale Jr., and also on the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Which up-and-coming young Broadway star, known his for roles in Broadway's "Next to Normal" and the 2012 film "Les Miserables", originated the role of Frank on Broadway? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. I would like to invite Ralph to explore the rock musical "Your Own Thing", which ran off-Broadway from 1968 to 1969. It featured "identical" twins Viola and Sebastian, shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, where they get involved in complicated love tangles and cases of mistaken identity. Which of Shakespeare's plays, subtitled "What You Will", was the inspiration for this show? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Ralph, let me tell this to you straight. I don't like musical theater. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that my knowledge of it is severely lacking. Comic books, however...

I'd like to recommend "Turn Off the Dark". Apparently, the music was written by the members of U2, it was directed by Julie Taymor (who directed the film "Across the Universe") and it featured aerial stunts. That doesn't even SEEM like musical theatre! It MUST be good, even if someone doesn't care for musicals. What comic book hero formed the basis of the show?
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1. Oh, Ralph, I will never forget the first time I saw a Broadway show. I watched from standing room way at the back of the theater (that would be a perfect place for you, my llama friend). There were Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet up there singing their hearts out to each other, truly magical. Unfortunately, Richard Burton had already left the production when I saw it. What was this musical that lent its name to an era of American history?

Answer: Camelot

"Camelot", with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, opened on December 3rd, 1960 and closed January 5th, 1963, encompassing the years of the Kennedy administration. Maninmidohio was enchanted with his first of many Broadway productions.

He would join Ralph in a few choruses of "The Lusty Month of May" and "Fie on Goodness" if only either of them could carry a tune.
2. I would like to suggest that anyone, even a llama, might enjoy my favorite musical. You'll know you are watching my favorite musical if you see an Asian king singing and dancing with a European schoolteacher. What is the name of this musical production that made its first debut on March 29, 1951 at Broadway's St. James Theater and starred Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence?

Answer: The King and I

"The King and I" was based on the novel "Anna and the King of Siam" written by Margaret Landon. After its debut, it ran for three years, which was at that time, one of the longest runs on Broadway. Dcpddc478 thinks this musical play, with its elaborate costuming and amazing dance routines, makes for a wonderful night on the town.
3. Ralph the llama has decided to put on his ballet shoes rather than try his hand at boxing. One of his favorite songs from this musical is "The Letter". This musical takes place during the coal miners' strike in Britain. Do you know the name of this musical?

Answer: Billy Elliot

Emma058's musical suggestion was based on the novel "The Stars Look Down", by A.J. Cronin. The music was written by Elton John. When Margaret Thatcher passed away on April 8th, 2013, the performance on that day still contained the song, "Merry Christmas, Maggie Thatcher".

The director, Stephen Daldry, gave the audience the choice to include the song or not. Only three audience members voted against inclusion of the song.
4. Ralph might feel more at home with a musical set closer to home - Argentina in this case. Which revolutionary hero usually fills the role of the 'everyman' narrator/observer in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Evita"?

Answer: Che Guevara

The original script simply refers to a character named 'che' which in Spanish has a meaning akin to 'man'. It was Hal Prince's original Broadway production that made the explicit identification with Che Guevara, and subsequent presentations have generally followed suit.

Marius Pontmercy, Judas Iscariot, and Dennis display their respective revolutionary tendencies in 'Les Miserables', 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and 'Spamalot'. Glendathecat joins Ralph in giving kudos to anyone who spotted all three.
5. Why Ralph, I see you have a fine bundle of lettuce there and furthermore, you look like a llama in search of a good time, so please step into Mindy's restaurant and I will fix you up. We can see Miss Adelaide show her shape at the Hot Box and shoot dice with Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson before we wind up with the rest of the sinners at Sarah Brown's Mission. I think you will like my favorite musical more than somewhat, but what is it called?

Answer: Guys and Dolls

One of my favorite musicals, "Guys and Dolls" has music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and is based on characters and situations from the well-loved short stories of Damon Runyon.

It was premiered on Broadway in 1950, running for 1200 performances, and soon after, in 1955, was turned into a film adaptation starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine, with a couple of new songs added. The musical has had several revivals on both Broadway and London's West End, and is a perennial favorite for schools and amateur dramatic/operatic societies to stage.

alex_april has a secret hankering to play the role of Miss Adelaide and thinks Ralph would be swell as Nathan Detroit.
6. I plan on taking Ralph to see my favorite musical tonight, and I do believe he will enjoy it. I think he might like Mr. Mushnik, and I hope he doesn't try to eat Audrey II during intermission! I also hope he doesn't mind all my poor singing, especially when I attempt "Skid Row". Which musical do I plan on taking Ralph to go see?

Answer: Little Shop of Horrors

"Little Shop of Horrors" originally ran as on off-Broadway musical, beginning in 1982. The show became quite popular, and in 1986, a film version was released starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene (who played Audrey in the original production as well as the film). It became a Broadway musical in 2003.

This hilarious horror-comedy-musical stars Seymour Krelborn, who finds a rare plant he named Audrey II (after the girl he loved). As it grew, the plant was discovered to be an alien wanting to take over the world and eat human blood.

There are quite a few variations to the ending, as salami_swami discovered after watching two different local renditions as well as the film. In the original version, as well as a few other variations he has seen (his favorite ending), Audrey II attacks Audrey, who tells Seymour to feed her to the plant. Shortly after, Seymour is devoured by the plant, and the end scene shows that the plants have been reproduced and all over the country, taking over as they planned.
7. Llamas are not exactly renowned for their singing ability, but Ralph was tempted to join in the chorus and give a rousing "Hosanna Heysanna Zanna Zanna Ho" when he went to see this musical. The 2012 UK arena tour also featured Ralph's favorite member of the Spice Girls as Mary Magdalene, and the whole thing is set in a hot, dry country, so he really enjoyed the show. Which musical is this?

Answer: Jesus Christ Superstar

"Jesus Christ Superstar" was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and was first produced on Broadway in 1971 after being released as a vinyl LP the previous year. On the original album, the part of Jesus was sung by Ian Gillan who later found fame as a rock singer with bands such as Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. For the 2012 arena tour of the UK, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber presided over a reality television show to cast an unknown newcomer as Jesus, with the viewers vote ultimately deciding who got the part. The role went to Ben Forster who was joined by Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) as Mary Magdalene, and Chris Moyles as King Herod.

Ralph and Rowena8482 hosannahed happily in the aisles and shared a bucket of popcorn as they enjoyed the show.
8. I think Ralph would really enjoy one of my favorite Broadway musicals, "Catch Me If You Can". The Broadway musical is based on the autobiographical book of the same title, written by Frank William Abagnale Jr., and also on the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Which up-and-coming young Broadway star, known his for roles in Broadway's "Next to Normal" and the 2012 film "Les Miserables", originated the role of Frank on Broadway?

Answer: Aaron Tveit

Aaron Tveit (Frank Abagnale) and Norbert Leo Butz (Carl Hanratty) were the stars of Broadway's short-lived run of "Catch Me If You Can", which premiered on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on April 10th, 2011 and closed September 4th, 2011. Kaddarsgirl had the chance to see "Catch Me If You Can" on Broadway when she was in New York City. She wishes Ralph could have been there with her to watch Frank's mischief unfold.

The musical, movie, and book, are all fantastic representations of the life of Frank William Abagnale Jr. who was a young paperhanger and con man. He posed as an airline co-pilot, pediatrician, lawyer, and college professor, and passed over $2.5 million in bad checks before the age of 19. He is now a consultant in the check fraud department of the United States FBI.
9. I would like to invite Ralph to explore the rock musical "Your Own Thing", which ran off-Broadway from 1968 to 1969. It featured "identical" twins Viola and Sebastian, shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, where they get involved in complicated love tangles and cases of mistaken identity. Which of Shakespeare's plays, subtitled "What You Will", was the inspiration for this show?

Answer: Twelfth Night

The title of this musical is an updated-to-the-sixties version of the subtitle of "Twelfth Night", and a plot summary of the show would sound like a Cliff's Notes version of the original play. It should also be noted that Illyria looked an awful lot like New York City! Needless to say, they all end up with the right person. "Your Own Thing" had a number of cast changes during its run. Sandy Duncan had a stretch of time as Viola, and Raul Julia played Orson for a while.

As well as the off-Broadway run, there was a touring company that played a number of cities in the US, along with 1969 productions in London and Australia. One of the most interesting production features of the show was its use of a number of different flat white surfaces onto which were projected the images for the settings, allowing instantaneous changes of location. Looney_tunes saw the Philadelphia show twice, then got a summer and weekends job working backstage at the Orpheum Theatre on 2nd Avenue, and would love to have seen Ralph in the audience.
10. Ralph, let me tell this to you straight. I don't like musical theater. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that my knowledge of it is severely lacking. Comic books, however... I'd like to recommend "Turn Off the Dark". Apparently, the music was written by the members of U2, it was directed by Julie Taymor (who directed the film "Across the Universe") and it featured aerial stunts. That doesn't even SEEM like musical theatre! It MUST be good, even if someone doesn't care for musicals. What comic book hero formed the basis of the show?

Answer: Spider-Man

Yes, sure enough "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" (I did not make up that title) is a real thing and, yes, it was written by Taymor and Bono and The Edge. Yes, it was on Broadway.

Debuting in 2011, the musical was highly publicized as one of the most expensive and daring shows ever made, many of the costs being put into lavishly-designed, stylized sets and the coordination of several dozen high-flying stunts. It came as no surprise when the ambition amounted to very little, and by the time the initial reviews came in, the show made as little sense as...well...'turning off dark'. It made tons of money nonetheless, mostly due to high ticket prices and tie-ins, but it was universally panned, taking in one of the worst series of reviews in Broadway history.

Kyle(isalive) doesn't care for Broadway theater. He does, however, have a soft spot for all things defiantly horrible. He doesn't actually care for the Green Goblin; maybe he should've gone with Green Day and seen "American Idiot" instead.
Source: Author kaddarsgirl

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