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BWW Book Reviews: THE BROADWAY MUSICALS QUIZ BOOK

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  1. "Nine O'Clock"
  2. "Tonight at Eight"
  3. "Tomorrow"
  4. "About a Quarter to Nine"
  5. "Sunday Morning, Breakfast Time"

If you're like me, you quickly eliminated C (Annie) and D (42nd Street) and whined over the remaining answers (It's A, just in case you didn't know).

Frankos divides the rest of the book into scenes: Act 1 has three scenes, each devoted to over a dozen composers, lyricists, choreographers, ensembles and famous performers. After an intermission devoted to food, drink and a few mini-quizzes, she moves on to Act 2.

The second act may seem less impressive. Its topics are all over the map, rather than tied together by a person or time period. But the degree of difficulty does not lessen:

Q: What do Face the Music, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Big and 70, Girls, 70 have in common?

A: All have songs about coffee.

Do you see what I mean? This is just insane.

The Broadway Musical Quiz Book could be the start of many a cocktail party or college course. It can solve mysteries, settle bets and enlighten the masses. Its contents will certainly be the subject of lively conversations and good-natured debates. But no matter the level of your knowledge, every reader can agree on the answer to one of the Jerry Orbach questions in Act 2:

Q: In 42nd Street, when Julian Marsh, played by the late, great Jerry Orbach, implores Peggy Sawyer, played by Wanda Richart, to not go back to Allentown, what does he tell her are the two most glorious words in the English language?

A: Musical comedy.

How right he was.



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Victoria Noe Victoria Noe has been a writer most of her life, but didn?t admit it until 2009. After earning a Masters from the University of Iowa in Speech and Dramatic Art, she moved to Chicago, where she worked professionally as a stage manager, director and administrator in addition to being a founding board member of the League of Chicago Theatres. She was a professional fundraiser, raising money for arts, educational and AIDS service organizations, and an award-winning sales consultant of children?s books. She also trained hundreds of people around the country in marketing, event planning and grant writing.

But after a concussion impacted her ability to continue in sales, she switched gears to keep a promise to a friend to write a book. Her freelance articles have appeared in Windy City Times, Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post. The first three books in a series on the experience of grieving the death of a friend were published in 2013.

A native St. Louisan, she?s a lifelong Cardinals fan and will gladly take on any comers in musical theatre trivia.



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