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A Disney Broadway Musicals Trivia Quiz

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|by Mark Robinson |


Test your Disney Broadway expertise with our quiz

Who doesn’t love a Disney musical? Who doesn’t enjoy a trip to see a Broadway show? When the two are rolled into one, it is double the excitement and fun. Disney has been producing musicals on Broadway since 1994 delighting audiences with their signature melodies and happy-ever-afters. In celebration, we thought we’d put together a little trivia game for our readers to test themselves on their knowledge of Disney on Broadway. How much do you know about your favorite Disney shows?

Disney’s Broadway musicals include ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Frozen’ and ‘The Lion King’ (John Lamparski/Getty Images; Deen van Meer; Joan Marcus)

Disney’s Broadway musicals include ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Frozen’ and ‘The Lion King’ (John Lamparski/Getty Images; Deen van Meer; Joan Marcus)

#1: When Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre, current home of the hit production of Aladdin, was acquired by Disney Theatrical Productions in 1995, what live event christened the venue’s reopening in 1997?

  1. The Little Mermaid
  2. The Lion King
  3. King David
  4. Aida

#2: Broadway’s The Lion King, ensconced at the Minskoff Theatre, holds which of the following distinctions?

  1. Director Julie Taymor is the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical
  2. It holds the record for the most Tony Awards ever given to a Broadway musical
  3. It holds the record for the most live animals ever to appear in a Broadway show
  4. It is the longest-running Broadway musical of all time

#3: In the live-action musical production of the Disney animated classic Aladdin, currently in its eighth-year on Broadway, the character of Iago is a:

  1. Monkey
  2. Parrot
  3. Camel
  4. Human Being

#4: Frozen, the hit Broadway musical adapted from the 2011 animated film of the same name, received a handful of new songs by the composing team of Kristin Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Which of the following songs was NOT one of the new numbers written for the Broadway production?

  1. “A Little Bit of You”
  2. “Dangerous to Dream”
  3. “If I Can’t Love Her”
  4. “Monster”

#5: When Disney first decided to begin producing Broadway musicals, what was the first animated classic they chose to adapt for the Broadway stage?

  1. The Lion King
  2. The Little Mermaid
  3. Tarzan
  4. Beauty and the Beast

#6: Disney took full responsibility as producers for all of the following titles on Broadway except for one. For which one did they co-produce? 

  1. Mary Poppins
  2. The Little Mermaid
  3. Tarzan
  4. Aida

#7: The Broadway musical Aida holds all of the following distinctions except for one:

  1. It is the only Disney Broadway musical not based on a Disney film
  2. It features a Tony-winning score by Elton John and Tim Rice
  3. Heather Headley won a Tony Award for playing the title character
  4. The musical won the Tony Award for Best Musical

#8: Which Broadway musical actress played the title character in the stage adaptation of The Little Mermaid?

  1. Patti Murin
  2. Caissie Levy
  3. Sierra Boggess
  4. Sherie Rene Scott

#9: When Newsies was brought to Broadway in 2012, what regional theater was responsible for the 2011 genesis of that stage production?

  1. The Paper Mill Playhouse
  2. The Goodspeed Opera House
  3. The Alliance Theatre
  4. The La Jolla Playhouse

#10: Recently, the Disney animated classic Hercules was staged in Central Park. That musical features music by Alan Menken, who also wrote the music for all of the following Broadway musicals except:

  1. Aladdin
  2. Little Shop of Horrors
  3. The Little Mermaid
  4. Tarzan

The Answers:
#1:
When the New Amsterdam Theatre first opened, a screening of the film Hercules was held there, followed by the live concert of King David. Telling the biblical tale of the title character, the staged concert featured many Broadway performers singing the Alan Menken/Tim Rice score. Among the Broadway glitterati in the cast: Roger Bart, Stephen Bogardus, Judy Kuhn, Alice Ripley, Marcus Lovett and Martin Vidnovic.

#2: The Lion King’s director Julie Taymor is indeed the first woman to win a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical. In that same season, Garry Hynes also trailblazed as the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Director of a Play for The Beauty Queen of Leenane. This happened in 1998, over five-decades after the Tony Awards were founded.

#3: In the animated film version of Aladdin, the character of Iago is a parrot voiced by Gilbert Gottfried. In the stage musical, Iago is a human being. The role was originated in the Broadway production by Don Darryl Rivera.

#4: The song “If I Can’t Love Her” was not written for the Broadway musical Frozen. It is, of course, the Beast’s big Act I finale in the 1994 stage adaptation of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The song is by Alan Menken and Tim Rice.

#5: Speaking of Beauty and the Beast, that 1994 production that originated at the Palace Theatre was Disney’s first foray into producing Broadway musicals. When the animated film first premiered, critics likened the Alan Menken/Howard Ashman score to that of a Broadway musical. It didn’t take long for the wheels to start turning and soon Disney moved into Times Square.

#6: Mary Poppins was co-produced by Disney and producer Cameron Mackintosh (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables). Though Disney owned the rights to the 1964 film which it had produced, Mackintosh had secured the stage rights from author P.L. Travers. For Mary Poppins to come to the musical stage, a joint venture was required.

#7: Aida was not based on a pre-existing Disney film or property, but was rather adapted from the story used to create the Verdi opera of the same name. Heather Headley won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, and Elton John/Tim Rice did indeed win the Tony for Best Score that year. The real kicker? Aida was not even nominated for Best Musical, despite being honored with wins in these two other major categories. 

#8: Patti Murin and Caissie Levy definitely played Disney princesses on Broadway – they currently portray Anna and Elsa (respectively) in the current hit Frozen. Sherie Rene Scott was in the Broadway incarnation of The Little Mermaid, but as that devilish diva Ursula. It was Sierra Boggess who was flipping her fins as the title character.

#9: Newsies had its stage musical beginnings at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse. It was such a hit at this venue that it was soon ushered to Broadway, where it started out as a limited engagement, but later continued as a highly successful open-ended run.

#10: Menken provided the music for all of these shows except for Tarzan. That score was composed by singer-songwriter Phil Collins.

 

So, how did you do? 10/10 means you are a Disney Broadway fanatic. Disney currently has three shows running on Broadway: The Lion King, Aladdin and Frozen. Be sure to check out these family friendly entertainments next time you plan a theater trip.

 

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

 

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