From Broadway to the West End: Musicals of the 1980s Quiz

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What kind of a quiz covers Victor Hugo and break-dancing and a whole lot in between? This one! Join us on stage and screen to test your knowledge of the French Revolution, a feline extravaganza and a labyrinth — in song, of course.

The 1982 Broadway musical "Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?" features a song called what?

The lyric "but does God love little fat girls too?" is one for the space capsule.

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"Les Miserables" is a …

Since there's no spoken dialogue, it's considered a sung-through musical.

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"Les Miserables" made its premiere where?

The hit show started its life with a run in London.

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What famous stage actress was the original Fantine on the West End?

LuPone dreamed a dream in the London production.

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What show (and later film) features the song "Suddenly, Seymour"?

"Little Shop" premiered in 1982.

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Where did "Little Shop of Horrors" first open?

To be fair, it was off-off Broadway, meaning that it was at an even smaller venue.

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Where did the original show NEVER run?

But a bit of a trick; the original production never ran on Broadway, but it did make its premiere there in a 2003 revival.

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Let's get into film. What '80s musical movie did Jim Henson direct?

A dark film for the kids.

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In the 1982 film "Victor/Victoria," who plays the cross-dressing lead?

Victoria dresses up as Victor, who dresses up as Victoria.

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Who wrote the music for "Victor/Victoria"?

Mancini won an Oscar for the score.

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What Disney musical film came out in 1989?

Ariel and the gang made a splash late in the '80s.

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What musical film debuted in 1984 with a famous singer in the lead role?

Prince became a household name with the film "Purple Rain."

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The 1984 cult hit "Breakin'" is about what musical trend?

It's about break dancing. Really, you should get that one.

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What now-famous musician was in both "Breakin'" and "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo"?

Ice-T was in the movies. John Legend would've been cool, though.

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Ice- T also featured in a 1985 film loosely connected to "Breakin' 2" called what?

"Rappin'" didn't do so hot.

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"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" had a run of how many shows in its 1982 Broadway opening?

While there was a successful U.S. tour before it, the Broadway show didn't do so hot and only had five shows.

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What is the name of the T.S. Eliot book that the 1982 Broadway hit "Cats" is based on?

Old Possum is in good with the cats.

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What "Cats" song is NOT taken from Eliot's original words?

Trevor Nunn wrote the lyrics to "Memory"

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"Starlight Express" made it onto Broadway in 1987. What set it apart from other musicals?

All the actors are roller-skating. At the risk of editorializing, it's fair to say that "Starlight Express" is objectively bonkers.

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1984's "Sunday in the Park With George" is based on what?

"A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat inspired the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical.

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"42nd Street" debuted on Broadway in 1980. Before that, it was …

The 1933 film was adapted for the stage in 1980.

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The 1980 film "Xanadu" takes its name from what?

Both are correct. In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/A stately ... nightclub decree?

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Barbra Streisand starred in what film musical of 1983?

And don't forget she also directed and co-wrote the screenplay for "Yentl."

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What song is featured in "Yentl"?

"Papa, Can You Hear Me?" is sung by Streisand, of course.

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What 1988 musical proved to be one of the most expensive flops in Broadway history?

"Carrie" is the stuff of (regrettable) legends.

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The off-Broadway show "Nunsense" started off as ...

The resourceful nuns were originally on greeting cards.

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1987's "Into the Woods" retells the stories from what author?

The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and Perrault get dark fast.

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1985's "Big River" was a Broadway production based on what book?

The show, based on "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," won Tonys for best musical, book and score that year.

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"Miss Saigon" premiered on the West End in 1989. What is the story based on?

It's based on "Madama Butterfly," an opera by Puccini.

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Lea Salonga played Kim in the original "Miss Saigon." What other famous character has Salonga given voice to?

Salonga provided Jasmine's singing voice.

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