Singing on Screen: Movie Musicals Quiz



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Movie musicals bring Broadway to the big screen, complementing traditional acting with song and dance. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the most famous movie musicals!

What Shakespeare play inspired "West Side Story"?

The 1961 movie "West Side Story" and its tale of Maria and Tony's doomed love is taken straight from the pages of "Romeo and Juliet."


How many von Trapp children are there in "The Sound of Music"?

Singing nun Maria comes to care for the seven von Trapp kids in the 1965 film.


Who plays Maria in "The Sound of Music"?

As Maria, Julie Andrews sang classic tunes like "Do-Re-Mi" and "My Favorite Things."


What 1964 movie musical is based on the play "Pygmalion"?

In the "Pygmalion"-inspired "My Fair Lady," Henry Higgins hope to transform Eliza Doolittle into a proper lady.


What family hires the title character in the 1964 classic "Mary Poppins"?

After Jane and Michael Banks scare off their nanny, their father brings in Mary Poppins, who sings her way into the family's hearts.


What film is the focus of "Singin' in the Rain"?

The 1952 musical classic tells the story of a group of actors trying to make a film called "The Dancing Cavalier."


Who voices Belle in the 1991 animated musical "Beauty and the Beast"?

Paige O'Hara stars as Belle, a simple village girl who falls for a hideous beast — who's actually a prince, of course.


True or false: "The Wizard of Oz" won the Oscar for best picture in 1939.

It's hard to believe that such a beloved film didn't pick up the big prize, until you consider that the movie was up against "Gone With the Wind."


What year was "The Wizard of Oz" broadcast on TV for the first time?

The film had its network TV debut in 1956, introducing Dorothy and the gang to a new generation of fans who may have missed the 1939 theater run.


What 1972 movie musical focused on Sally Bowles?

Liza Minelli plays Sally Bowles in "Cabaret," a film set in 1930s Berlin as the Nazi Party rose to power.


What song opens the film "Chicago"?

The 2002 musical opens as Velma Kelly croons "All That Jazz," then is promptly arrested for murder.


What is the name of John Travolta's character in "Grease"?

Travolta plays greaser Danny Zuko, with Oliva Newton-John as good girl Sandy Olsson.


Where is "Meet Me in St. Louis" set?

The 1944 musical, which stars Judy Garland as Esther Smith, is set at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.


What play is the focus of "The Producers"?

In an effort to make money off a flop, the characters in "The Producers" put on a truly distasteful play called "Springtime for Hitler."


Who is the queen of the Moulin Rouge in the 2001 film of the same name?

Nicole Kidman plays Satine, a Moulin Rouge legend who falls for a writer named Christian.


What does the plant in "Little Shop of Horrors" feast upon?

The Audrey II — named for the shop owner's assistant — feasts on human blood in the 1986 film.


What 1968 musical movie features the song "Food, Glorious Food"?

The orphans in the workhouse dream of nongruel meals in the 1968 film "Oliver!"


What year was the film "Funny Girl" released?

The Barbra Streisand movie, which is based on the life of Fanny Brice, came out in 1968.


Who plays gambler Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls"?

Frank Sinatra stars in the 1955 flick, which also features Marlon Brando.


Who can take a rainbow, wrap it in a sigh, soak it in the sun and make a groovy lemon pie?

In the 1971 film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," Gene Wilder celebrates the magic of the Candyman.


What movie features the song "If I Were a Rich Man"?

In the 1971 movie "Fiddler on the Roof," Tevye sings of all the things he would do if he were a rich man.


What is the name of Tevye's wife in Fiddler?

In the 1971 musical movie, Tevye and his wife, Golde, have five daughters.


Where does Anna Leonowens move to in "The King and I"?

Anna moves to Bangkok in the 1956 film to teach the king's children and eventually falls in love with the king himself.


Where is "The Music Man" set?

In the 1962 film, Professor Harold Hill comes to River City to swindle the locals out of their money.


Who plays the Berry Gordy Jr. character in "Dreamgirls"?

Jamie Foxx plays the Motown founder who discovers the all-girl group the Dreamettes in the 2006 film.


Who sings "Master of the House" in "Les Miserables"?

The innkeeper Thenardier croons "Master of the House" in the 2012 movie musical.


Who sings "I Dreamed a Dream" in "Les Miserables"?

As she sells her hair and teeth to support herself and her child, Fantine sings the heartbreaking "I Dreamed a Dream."


What 1942 flick tells the story of Broadway star George M. Cohan?

James Cagney plays George M. Cohan in the 1942 musical film.


True or false: "Annie" originally started as a comic strip.

The musical, and later the 1982 movie, was inspired by a 1924 comic strip called by Harold Gray called "Little Orphan Annie."


What is the name of the cruel caretaker in "Annie"?

Carol Burnett plays the cruel Miss Hannigan in the 1983 flick.


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