Can You Guess the Name of the Musical From This One Lyric?

J. Reinoehl

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About This Quiz

Although plotlines are interesting, Broadway musicals are best known for their impressive songs. Do you remember these Broadway musicals well enough to match them with a line from the lyrics to one of their popular songs? Find out by taking this quiz.

In which musical can you hear “Tonight, tonight, it all began tonight. I saw you and the world went away…”?

“Tonight, tonight, it all began tonight. I saw you and the world went away. Tonight, tonight, there’s only you tonight. What you are; what you do’ what you say.”

In which musical can you hear “They call you Lady Luck, but there is room for doubt…”?

Guys and Dolls opened as a musical about the dark side of Broadway. It was based on Damon Runyon’s newspaper columns about the seedy side of New York.

In which musical can you hear “One singular sensation every little step he takes…”?

“One singular sensation every little step he takes. One thrilling combination every move that he makes. One smile and suddenly nobody else will do. You know you’ll never be lonely with you know who.”

In which musical can you hear “Midnight, not a sound from the pavement. Has the moon lost her memory…?”

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939) by T. S. Eliot. The musical was originally about cats and dogs, but Webber decided that dogs didn’t translate into lyric very well.

In which musical can you hear “Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Barely even friends then somebody bends unexpectedly…”?

Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Barely even friends then somebody bends unexpectedly. Just a little change, small to say the least, both a little scared neither one prepared, Beauty and the Beast.”

In which musical can you hear “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee, lousy with virgin-ity…”?

Sandra Dee’s name in the original Grease musical was Sandra Dumbrowski. The film made Sandy Australian instead of Polish, to spotlight Olivia-Newton John.

In which musical can you hear “Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh, what a beautiful day. I’ve got a beautiful feeling…”?

"Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh, what a beautiful day. I’ve got a beautiful feeling everything’s going my way.”

In which musical can you hear “Don’t you fret, Monsieur Marius, I don’t feel any pain. A little fall of rain can hardly hurt me now; you’re here—that’s all I need to know”?

Although Les Misérables was a book by Victor Hugo, it was the musical, Oliver!, that inspired Alain Boublil to turn it into a stage production. As he watched a revival of the Dickens classic, he began seeing the characters of Hugo’s book on the stage.

In which musical can you hear “The sweet caress of twilight. There's magic everywhere, and with all this romantic atmosphere, disaster's in the air…”?

“The sweet caress of twilight, there's magic everywhere, and with all this romantic atmosphere, disaster's in the air. Can you feel the love tonight?”

In which musical can you hear “If I were a rich man, daidle deedle daidle daidle daidle deedle daidle dum…”?

Initially, Fiddler on the Roof had 50 songs written into it. About 15 didn’t even make it into the first production.”

In which musical can you hear “I’m through accepting limits ‘cause someone says they’re so. Some things I cannot change, but ill I try, I’ll never know…”?

“I’m through accepting limits ‘cause someone says they’re so. Some things I cannot change, but ill I try, I’ll never know. Too long I’ve been afraid of losing love I guess I’ve lost. Well, if that’s love it comes a much too high a cost! I’d sooner buy defying gravity. Kiss me good-bye—I’m defying gravity.”

In which musical can you hear “I’m getting married in the morning. Ding-dong, the bells are gonna chime. Pull out the stopper, we’ll have a whopper, but get me to the church on time”?

Shaw wrote Arms and the Man, which was also turned into a musical (The Chocolate Soldier). During his lifetime, Shaw refused to allow Pygmalion to be turned into a musical because of the financial problems caused by that first initial endeavor.

In which musical can you hear “Careful the things you say, children will listen. Careful the things you do…”?

"Careful the things you say, children will listen. Careful the things you do, children will see and learn. Children may not obey, but children will listen." –Witch, Into the Woods

In which musical can you hear “Turn your thoughts away from cold, unfeeling light, and listen to the music of the night…”?

The replica of the Paris Opera House chandelier in Phantom of the Opera weighs one ton. It is made from 6,000 beads, and the original version took five people four weeks to build.

In which musical can you hear “A mark, a yen, a buck, or a pound, a buck or a pound, a buck or a pound, is all that makes the world go around…”?

“A mark, a yen, a buck, or a pound, a buck or a pound, a buck or a pound, is all that makes the world go around that clinking clanking sound can make the world go ‘round. Money, money, money, money, money, money—”

In which musical can you hear “The night is young; the skies are clear, and if you want to go walkin', dear, it's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely”?

Cole Porter wrote Anything Goes as well as other musicals, including Kiss Me, Kate. As a classically trained composer, his Broadway career lasted from 1920-1958. He stopped composing after his leg had to be amputated as a result of a horseback riding accident.

In which musical can you hear “Bravely bold Sir Robin, rode forth from Camelot. He was not afraid to die, oh, brave Sir Robin…”?

“Bravely bold Sir Robin, rode forth from Camelot. He was not afraid to die, oh, brave Sir Robin. He was not at all afraid to be killed in nasty ways, brave, brave, brave, brave, Sir Robin.”

In which musical can you hear “We’re in the money. We’re in the money. We’ve got a lot of what it takes to get along…”?

The stage production of 42nd Street initially cost $3 million. The only other show that began as a musical film and transitioned to stage (at the time) had been Gigi.

In which musical can you hear “When the moon is in the Seventh House, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars…”?

“When the moon is in the Seventh House, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars. This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the age of Aquarius…”

In which musical can you hear “I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain to see for certain what I thought I knew…”?

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the first production that Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber collaborated to create. Other notable collaborations between the two include Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and the 2011 Wizard of Oz.

In which musical can you hear “Ole man river, dat ole man river he must know sumpin’...”?

“Ole man river, dat ole man river, he must know sumpin' but don't say nothin'. He jus' keeps rollin'; he keeps on rollin' along.”

In which musical can you hear “Consider yourself at home. Consider yourself one of the family…”?

Although Oliver! is much loved by audiences, Lionel Bart’s version of the Dickens classic has raised complaints among critics for not following the book. However, Bart is still one of few who wrote the book, the lyrics, and the music for a musical.

In which musical can you hear “A song played on a solo saxophone. A crazy sound, a lonely sound, a cry that tells us love goes on and on played on a solo saxophone. It’s telling me…”?

“A song played on a solo saxophone. A crazy sound, a lonely sound, a cry that tells us love goes on and on played on a solo saxophone. It’s telling me to hold you tight and dance like it’s the last night of the world.”

In which musical can you hear “Suddenly, Seymour is standing beside you. You don’t need no makeup—don’t have to pretend…”?

With the Little Shop of Horrors, the 1960 film came first. It spent a month Off-Broadway in the '80s as a musical before it became the highest grossing musical of the time. Most people are familiar with 1986 film adaptation starring Rick Moranis.

In which musical can you hear “You can dance. You can jive—having the time of your life…”?

“You can dance. You can jive—having the time of your life. Ooh, see that girl; watch that scene; dig in the dancing queen.”

In which musical can you hear “Springtime for Hitler and Germany. Deutschland is happy and gay. We’re marching to a faster pace. Look out! Here comes the master race…”?

Mel Brooks wrote the film before writing the musical and was struck with backlash for making fun of Hitler and treating the topic of Nazis so lightly. The stage production is less dark and is set in the ‘50s instead of the ‘60s.

In which musical can you hear “"Some enchanted evening, you may see a stranger…”?

"Some enchanted evening, you may see a stranger. You may see a stranger across a crowded room, and somehow you know—you know even then—that somehow you'll see her again and again.”

In which musical can you hear "When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark. At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky and the sweet silver song of the lark…”?

"When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark. At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky and the sweet silver song of the lark. Walk on through the wind. Walk on through the rain. Though your dreams be tossed and blown—walk on. Walk on with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone.”

In which musical can you hear “To dream—the impossible dream. To fight—the unbeatable foe. To bear—with unbearable sorrow. To run—where the brave dare not go…”?

“To dream—the impossible dream. To fight—the unbeatable foe. To bear—with unbearable sorrow. To run—where the brave dare not go. To right—the unrightable wrong. To love—pure and chaste from afar. To try—when your arms are too weary. To reach—the ______

In which musical can you hear “Where are you going? Where are you going? Can you take me with you? For my hand is cold and needs warmth…”?

Stephen Schwartz also wrote Pippin and Wicked. He contributed to the lyrics on several films, including Prince of Egypt, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Pocahontas.

In which musical can you hear “Maybe far away or maybe real nearby, he may be pouring her coffee; she may be straightening his tie”?

“Maybe far away or maybe real nearby, he may be pouring her coffee; she may be straightening his tie. Maybe in a house all hidden by a hill, she’s sitting playing piano; he’s sitting paying a bill.”

In which musical can you hear “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things…”?

The Sound of Music was the last musical created by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It opened in 1959 on Broadway, Hammerstein died of cancer the following year.

In which musical can you hear “These are desperate times, Mrs. Lovett, and desperate measures are called for…”?

“These are desperate times, Mrs. Lovett, and desperate measures are called for.” “Here we are now, hot out of the oven.” “What is that?” “It’s priest. Have a little priest.”

In which musical can you hear “Don’t cry for me Argentina. The truth is I never left you. All through me wild days, my mad existence, I kept my promise. Don’t keep your distance…”?

The people of Argentina loved Eva Peron, but frequently those in the rest of the world hated her. (People in Switzerland threw tomatoes at her when she visited.) She died when she was only 33 years old on July 26, 1952.

In which musical can you hear “I’m thinking of the kids in the knickerbockers, shirt-tail young ones, peeking in the pool hall window after school. Ya got trouble folks. Right here in River City…”?

It takes a big brass band to play traveling band leader Harold Hill's most famous song, "76 Trombones": “I’m thinking of the kids in the knickerbockers, shirt-tail young ones, peeking in the pool hall window after school. Ya got trouble folks—right here in River City. Trouble with a capital “T,” and that rhymes with “P,” and that stands for pool!”

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