Sunday, May 16, 2010

Take our Sondheim trivia quiz -- if you dare -- and win 'Into the Woods' tickets

Stephen Sondheim.

By Hap Erstein‭

In honor of Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s‭ ‬80th birthday and the opening of the Caldwell Theatre’s staged reading of his‭ ‬Into the Woods this Friday through Sunday,‭ ‬May‭ ‬21-23,‭ ‬we‭ ‬fiendishly‭ ‬present our Ultimate Sondheim Trivia Test,‭ ‬geared to separate the obsessive fanatics from the casual fans.

And the Caldwell has generously donated a pair of tickets to any performance of‭ ‬Into the Woods‭ ‬--‭ ‬based on space availability‭ ‬--‭ ‬to the winning entrant.‭ ‬Send your answers to‭ ‬ by Thursday,‭ ‬May‭ ‬20,‭ ‬at‭ ‬6‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬In the case of a tie,‭ ‬the amount of detail and accuracy in your answers will be the deciding factors.‭ ‬The decision of the judges is final.‭ (‬Gosh,‭ ‬we’ve always wanted to write that.‭)


1.‭ ‬Many of Sondheim’s musicals are wholly original,‭ ‬but identify these adaptations from this list of source material authors.

A.‭ ‬Aristophanes

B.‭ ‬George S.‭ ‬Kaufman and‭ ‬Moss Hart

C.‭ ‬Ingmar Bergman

D.‭ ‬Ettore Scola

E.‭ ‬William Shakespeare

F.‭ ‬John Collier

G.‭ ‬Arthur Laurents

H.‭ ‬Christopher Bond

2.‭ ‬If a song does not work in the show,‭ ‬Sondheim writes another one,‭ ‬no matter how good the song being scrubbed is.‭ ‬Name the three songs he wrote for the opening number of‭ ‬A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.‭ ‬And name the three songs he wrote for the finale of‭ ‬Company.

3.‭ ‬What is Stephen Sondheim’s middle name‭?‬

4.‭ ‬Sondheim at the movies:‭ ‬Name two movies for which he wrote least one original song,‭ ‬two movies for which he wrote the background score and one movie musical he wrote that was never produced.

Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou in Sweeney Todd.

5.‭ ‬Name an existing Sondheim song that was used in each of these movies.

A.‭ ‬Jersey Girl

B.‭ ‬Camp

C.‭ ‬Death to Smoochy

D.‭ ‬In‭ & ‬Out

E.‭ ‬Postcards from the Edge

6.‭ ‬What is the only Sondheim musical that Meryl Streep has appeared in‭? ‬Where was it produced‭?

7.‭ ‬Name two non-musical Arthur Laurents plays for which Sondheim wrote the incidental music.

8.‭ ‬Where is the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts located‭?

9.‭ ‬What do the following three actresses have in common:

A‭) ‬Ellen Foley

B‭) ‬Garn Stephens

C‭) ‬Karen Black‭

The Jets do their thing in‭ ‬Cool,‭ ‬from‭ ‬West Side Story.

10.‭ ‬Whodunit in‭ ‬The Last of Sheila,‭ ‬the‭ ‬1973‭ ‬murder mystery movie that Sondheim co-wrote with Anthony Perkins‭?

11.‭ ‬In the current Broadway revue,‭ ‬Sondheim on Sondheim,‭ ‬he states that he regrets spending a year and a half of his life writing one specific musical.‭ ‬Which one is it‭?

12.‭ ‬What is the intentional grammatical error that Sondheim wrote in the title of a song in‭ ‬Gypsy‭?

13.‭ ‬Organize these Sondheim musicals in order of the number of performances of their original Broadway run,‭ ‬from most to least.

A‭) ‬Anyone Can Whistle

B‭) ‬Merrily We Roll Along

C‭) ‬Passion

D‭) ‬Road Show

The cast of the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George.

14‭) ‬Name two television shows that Sondheim was on,‭ ‬playing a character,‭ ‬and one movie in which he played himself.

15‭) ‬Occasionally,‭ ‬but only occasionally,‭ ‬Sondheim loses the Tony Award for best musical.‭ ‬What show won out over these also-rans‭?

A‭) ‬Gypsy

B‭) ‬Follies

C‭) ‬Pacific Overtures

D‭) ‬Sunday in the Park with George‭

Into the Woods is being staged in concert form this week at the Caldwell.

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