The Footlights: Take the TAQ (Theater Aptitude Quiz)!

Broadwayposters_lWelcome to the very first Footlights TAQ (Theater Aptitude Quiz)! So here’s how it works: All questions and answers involve shows on Broadway, Off Broadway, or currently on tour (a few them may have recently shuttered). There is a point system for each question, so keep track accordingly as some of them are multi-part in nature. You can find the answers after the jump (then post your score on our message board). Break a leg, all!

1. Using this handy link, how many of these currently running Broadway shows DO NOT have some kind of film incarnation? (Note: movies in the works do not count) (2 pts. for each correct title)

2. What actor, currently the male lead in a Broadway production, has garnered the most Tony Awards? (5 pts.)

3. Match the American Idol alum to the show he is currently starring in (2 pts. each):
Clay Aiken                         Grease
Constantine Maroulis           Ain’t Misbehavin’
Ace Young                         Monty Python’s Spamalot
Ruben Studdard                 Rock of Ages

4. Fun With Numbers! Each entry has a number missing as part of a song lyric. Fill in the blanks and then name the musical the lyric is from.

a) “Workin’ ____ to ____, what a way to make a livin’” (1 pt. for each blank, 1 pt. for title of show)
b) “Dance ___, looks ____ and I’m still on unemployment” (1 pt. for each blank, 2 pts. for title of show)
c) “In a bar once I met this guy Dewey, and he bought me like ______ beers” (3 pts. for blank, 3pts. for title of show)
d) “______!” “No me diga!” “______!” “I never win s—!” (2 pts. for each blank, 4 pts. for title of show)
e) “I’d rather be ____ people’s favorite thing than a ______ people’s _____ favorite thing” (3 pts. for each blank, 4 pts. for title of show)

(And if you caught the sly reference made in the last entry, give yourself another point!)

5. How many different types of pills does Beverly say his wife Violet takes in the opening scene of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County? (10 pts. for correct answer)

6. What colors are the stewardess’ uniforms on the three principal women in Boeing-Boeing? (6 pts. for correct answer)

7. Of the following actresses, who has never had a Broadway stint in Chicago? (3 pts. for correct answer)
Christina Applegate
Sandy Duncan
Melanie Griffith
Brooke Shields

8. Name the Four Seasons in Jersey Boys. (2 pts. for each correct member)

9. What is written on the chalkboard onstage behind the band in Spring Awakening? (4 pts. for correct answer)

10. In the stage version of Mamma Mia!, which ABBA song is performed at the curtain call, but not within the actual show? (3 pts. for correct answer)

Answer key and scorecard after the jump.

SCORECARD

80-100 ORCHESTRA LEVEL
You are a fierce, proud, Playbill-carrying show queen! Bravo!
60-80   MEZZANINE LEVEL
Not too bad, my friend. You’ll be a diva yet.
40-60    BALCONY LEVEL
Your butt still needs to warm a few more seats.
20-40    STANDING ROOM LEVEL
Do you only get out when Julia Roberts or Katie Holmes grace the stage?
0-20      STREET LEVEL
Dude, get thee to a show! Pronto!

ANSWER KEY
1. 13, August: Osage County, Avenue Q, Dividing the Estate, In theHeights, Jersey Boys, Speed-the-Plow, Spring Awakening, Wicked (totalof 18 pts.)
2. Boyd Gaines, 4 wins (1989-Best Featured Actor in a Play,
The HeidiChronicles; 1994-Best Featured Actor in a Musical, She Loves Me;2000-Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Contact; 2008-Best FeaturedActor in a Musical, Gypsy)
3. Aiken:
Monty Python’s Spamalot; Maroulis: Rock of Ages; Young: Grease; Studdard: Ain’t Misbehavin’
4. a: nine, five (
9 to 5); b: 10, three (A Chorus Line); c: 14(Legally Blonde); d: 96,000, 96,000 (In the Heights); e: nine, hundred,ninth (title of show, of course!)
5. Ten (Valium, Vicodin, Darvon, Darvocet, Percodan, Percocet, Xanax, OxyContin, Black Mollies, Dilaudid)
6. Red, yellow, and blue
7. Christina Applegate
8. Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi, Tommy DeVito
9. The titles of the songs to be performed in the show
10. “Waterloo”

So PopWatchers, how did you do? Need any hints?

The ghostlight is on…

Comments (24 total) Add your comment
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  • Sara

    Wow, I suck – only 38. And I live in the NYC suburbs! I gotta get on that.

  • Elle

    Only a 25 but i do live in NC where there is a devoid of theater culture.

  • E

    I barely made the Mezzanine, and I write about theater as part of my job.

  • ShoNuff

    is it wrong that i got a 100?

  • leslie

    64! Not too bad…but i am a theatre nerd!

  • Sabrina

    90. I’m a fierce, proud, Playbill-carrying show queen! But I already knew that. Couldn’t remember the number of pills in August. That was a hard one.

  • Melinda65

    I got a 32, but I live in Iowa. The best we get in town is the local high school production every fall.

  • Mardie

    90 for me. Should I be proud of that?

  • tom

    I got a 19. Worst. Gay. Ever.

  • denny

    80 even! Why? Well, I did not care to see Legally Blonde and haven’t been able to get the drop on tix for In The Heights or August: Osage County. Hook a pal up? Anyone?

  • Tanya

    81 But I’m a NY nerd, so that’s about right.

  • Abby

    81!! I would have been ashamed of myself to ahve gotten less!

  • Maddi

    (4 points for title of show)
    Way to give away the answer!

  • Maddi

    Oh. That was the point. Uhh, just ignore me…

  • NineDaves

    man, i got a 100 too. at least i know the 4 shows a month i see aren’t for nothing. but i’ll admit: i guessed on question 5. you were giving 10 points so i said 10 pills. i wish that would have worked on the SATs!

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