Page: 1

Broadway Puzzler #10


joined:12/31/69

joined:
12/31/69
Broadway Puzzler #10#0
Posted: 6/29/03 at 4:35pm
His Broadway musicals were produced on Broadway in the 20's, the 30's, the 40's, the 50's and the 60's. His last Broadway musical starred Mary Martin. His name is:

A. Kurt Weill
B. Arthur Schwartz
C. Oscar Hammerstein
D. Cole Porter

For a bonus: Name the musical.

Yours for a better Broadway!
Bret Profile PhotoBret Profile Photo
Bret
Broadway Star
joined:6/13/03
Broadway Star
joined:
6/13/03
re: Broadway Puzzler #10#1
Posted: 6/29/03 at 5:40pm
C. Oscar Hammerstein

The Musical was "The Sound of Music".
"Wherever you go... I'll be right there. When you get your own private kick in the ass, just remember: it's a present from me to you." Rose's dying words to Louise
magruder Profile Photomagruder Profile Photo
magruder
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/15/03
re: re: Broadway Puzzler #10#2
Posted: 6/29/03 at 11:06pm
That would be B., Arthur Schwartz, and the show was "Jennie".
"Gif me the cobra jool!"
TxTwoStep Profile PhotoTxTwoStep Profile Photo
TxTwoStep
Broadway Legend
joined:5/24/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/24/03
re: re: re: Broadway Puzzler #10#3
Posted: 6/30/03 at 2:47pm
I was going to guess Cole Porter and "Touch of Venus" but I could have that wrong too. Interesting question!
Will: They don't give out awards for helping people be gay... unless you count the Tonys. "I guarantee that we'll have tough times. I guarantee that at some point one or both of us will want to get out. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life..."
Broadway Legend
joined:12/31/69
Broadway Legend
joined:
12/31/69
re: re: re: re: Broadway Puzzler #10#4
Posted: 6/30/03 at 6:25pm
Congrats to both Bret and Magruder--We have two half correct answers to this little puzzler. Both smart cookies.

The correct answer to the question as it is stated is both B. and C. Both Starred Mary Martin.

B. Arthur Schwartz' last musical was "Jennie," which opened 10/17/1963 at the Majestic, with music by Howard Dietz, and

C. Oscar Hammerstein's last musical was "The Sound of Music," which opened on 11/16/1959 at the Lunt-Fontanne, music by Rodgers.

If the question had referred to "composer" then Schwartz would have been the correct answer. If it had referred to "lyricist" then Hammerstein would have been correct.

Mary Martin starred in musicals written by the other two choices as well:
"One Touch of Venus" Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, 1943
"Leave It To Me!" Cole Porter, 1938

Weill had no new musicals opening in the 50's or 60's on Broadway
Porter had no new musicals opening on Broadway in the 60's

Yours for a better Broadway! Bulldog
Broadway Legend
joined:12/31/69
Broadway Legend
joined:
12/31/69
re: re: re: re: Broadway Puzzler #10#5
Posted: 6/30/03 at 6:25pm
Congrats to both Bret and Magruder--We have two half correct answers to this little puzzler. Both smart cookies.

The correct answer to the question as it is stated is both B. and C. Both Starred Mary Martin.

B. Arthur Schwartz' last musical was "Jennie," which opened 10/17/1963 at the Majestic, with music by Howard Dietz, and

C. Oscar Hammerstein's last musical was "The Sound of Music," which opened on 11/16/1959 at the Lunt-Fontanne, music by Rodgers.

If the question had referred to "composer" then Schwartz would have been the correct answer. If it had referred to "lyricist" then Hammerstein would have been correct.

Mary Martin starred in musicals written by the other two choices as well:
"One Touch of Venus" Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, 1943
"Leave It To Me!" Cole Porter, 1938

Weill had no new musicals opening in the 50's or 60's on Broadway
Porter had no new musicals opening on Broadway in the 60's

Yours for a better Broadway! Bulldog
TxTwoStep Profile PhotoTxTwoStep Profile Photo
TxTwoStep
Broadway Legend
joined:5/24/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/24/03
re: re: re: re: re: Broadway Puzzler #10#6
Posted: 6/30/03 at 6:29pm
yeah, I thought I had the VENUS composer wrong. This was a great puzzler!

What's JENNY like?
Will: They don't give out awards for helping people be gay... unless you count the Tonys. "I guarantee that we'll have tough times. I guarantee that at some point one or both of us will want to get out. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life..."
magruder Profile Photomagruder Profile Photo
magruder
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
5/15/03
Jennie#7
Posted: 6/30/03 at 7:08pm
Jennie starts with a bang and falls to pieces immediately. Great Overture and a snappy duet for Mary Martin and George Wallace follows ("Waitin' for the Evening Train"), as well as a good ensemble number ("When You're Far Away from New York Town").
Then, the flop sweat starts to creep in. Martin remains charming throughout. Still, I enjoy "Before I Kiss the World Goodbye," "Born Again," "High is Better Than Low," the campy highlight, "Lonely Nights," and a pistol of an orchestral number, "Sauce Diable". The rest is pretty forgettable, but that CD is a must for Martin fans.

And I have to quibble a little bit here with the answer to this puzzle: The Sound of Music ran into the early 1960s, but was produced in 1959. The question says: "His Broadway musicals were produced on Broadway in the 20's, the 30's, the 40's, the 50's and the 60's." No Hammerstein musical was 'produced' on Broadway in the 1960s. I still think Schwartz is the proper answer.
"Gif me the cobra jool!"
Broadway Legend
joined:12/31/69
Broadway Legend
joined:
12/31/69
re: Jennie#8
Posted: 6/30/03 at 9:59pm
Magruder, you know what, you are right on that point. You are the neon that makes Broadway bright.

Yours for a better Broadway! Bulldog



Page: 1