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101 Musical Trivia Questions To Earn A Standing Ovation

Do you dream of the stage? Is your dream vacation destination a certain street in New York? If so, this musical trivia quiz is for you! Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to seize the day!

Musical theatre is a beloved American art form, and its notoriety has spread worldwide, translating shows for foreign audiences and bringing their shows back to Broadway. Whether you’re a fan of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s megamusicals, or would rather get intimate with a small-scale show, this trivia quiz has questions for every theatre lover.

Don’t throw away your shot at getting these musical trivia questions and answers correct, and making it to the next round of callbacks. With this quiz, you’ll see your name in lights soon enough! 

Can’t get enough trivia? Check out our quizzes on other musical superstars, like Hamilton, entertainment, and Disney! And if you want another way to display your theatre prowess, take a look at our Shakespeare trivia quiz!

Which musical is based on the lives of the Four Seasons members and their music?

A Chorus Line

Jersey Boys

Hello, Dolly

Altar Boys

Who sang the original soundtrack of Mamma Mia?

Oasis

Blur

The Spice Girls

ABBA

The Prodigy’s name was inspired by a type of which musical device?

Synthesiser

Guitar effects pedal

Drumstick

Drum cymbal

Which musical instrument is also another word for ‘clay’?

Lyre

Drum

Gong

Lute

Which ’90s musical is about down-and-out New Yorkers?

Rent

Chicago

Smokey Joe’s Café

Cabaret

You’re The One That I Want’ comes from which musical?

Cats

Mamma Mia

Grease

West Side Story

David Essex’s ‘Oh What A Circus’ came from which musical?

Cats

Grease

Evita

Godspell

Which musical opened in New York in October 1967?

Jesus Christ Superstar

Godspell

Hair

Les Miserables

In which musical do we hear, ‘Did someone say my name?’

Chicago

South Park

Singing in the Rain

The Wizard of Oz

Which rock opera was briefly the longest-running musical in history?

Jesus Christ Superstar

Excalibur

Sabbat

Quadrophenia

In the musical ‘Annie’, what is the name of orphan Annie’s dog?

Goldie

Sandy

Old Yella

Peter

In The Big Bang Theory, who did Penny play in the Rent musical?

Misi

Mini

Mimi

Midi

Which US rock band wrote the musical ‘American Idiot’?

Blink-182

Green Day

The Killers

Foo Fighters

Which Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical opened in 1978?

Jesus Christ Superstar

The Likes Of Us

Evita

Joseph

Which musical instrument links Eric Clapton and Brian May?

Trombone

Piccolo

Guitar

Flute

Which musical is based on the play

Annie Get Your Gun

Brigadoon

Carousel

Oklahoma!

Another Suitcase In Another Hall’ comes from which musical?

Cats

Evita

Chess

Blood Brothers

Which musical genre first emerged in the 1950s?

Jazz

Electronic

Rock-n-roll

Blues

Segovia is associated with which musical instrument?

Cello

Violin

Guitar

Flute

John Travolta in leather and slicked by hair, the classic musical is called…?

Oil

Gas

Petrol

Grease

Which musical features the song ‘Oh What A Beautiful Morning’?

Oklahoma!

Carousel

The King and I

Oliver!

Which musical term means ‘slow’?

Adagio

Bravissimo

Allegro

Largo

What is the musical comedy about McKinley High’s less cool kids?

Gee

Glee

Fee

Flee

Which of these actors starred in School of Rock?

Ben Stiller

Vince Vaughn

Jack Black

Owen Wilson

Who played the part of Che in the original production of the musical ‘Evita’?

Adam Faith

Phil Collins

Paul Nicholas

David Essex

Which musical instrument is Vanessa Mae famous for?

Violin

Harp

Piano

Drum

The song, ‘The Circle of Life’, is a song from which hit musical?

Lion King

Rent

Spamalot

Cats

Which of these is the name of a musical note?

Tremble

Shiver

Wobble

Quaver

Finish these High School Musical lyrics: ‘It’s hard to believe that I couldn’t…’

Smell

Breathe

Speak

See

I Could Be That Guy’ and ‘Lady in the Long Black Dress’ are songs from which musical?

West Side Story

Carousel

Jersey Boys

Sister Act

What type of musical instrument is a marimba?

Keyboard

Drum

Harp

Xylophone

Who wrote the music for the stage musical ‘Johnny Johnson’?

Alan Menken

Jerry Herman

Kurt Weill

Burt Bacharach

When did the rock musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ have its premiere?

1928

2008

1998

1908

Which of these is NOT a musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein?

The King and I

Carousel

Pal Joey

South Pacific

Who won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 2012 for his role as Guy in ‘Once’?

Steve Kazee

Norm Lewis

Jeremy Jordan

Danny Burstein

As of 2009, which of these musicals was NOT later made into a movie?

Sweeney Todd

Rent

Oklahoma!

Spamalot

What musical instrument does Lebanese singer Assi El Hellani play?

Oud

Flute

piano

Guitar

Which musical instrument is a shallow drum with jingles?

Euphonium

Tambourine

Piccolo

Flugel

Whoopi Goldberg starred in the film version of which musical?

Oklahoma

Phantom of the Opera

Sister Act

Chicago

Musical notes are made up using how many letters?

7

8

5

6

Which of these musical instruments has strings, hammers and keys?

Flute

Tuba

Piano

Guitar

The 1980s Broadway musical ‘La Cage aux Folles’ is set in which country?

Mexico

France

China

South Africa

Which musical deals with the politics of Argentina?

Miss Saigon

Beauty and the Beast

Evita

South Pacific

What does the musical term ‘adagio’ indicate?

Slow

Short, sharp

Silent

Vigour

Which of these words can be reversed to give a musical instrument?

Rail

Abut

Doom

May

When did Haidy el-Baroudi join Egyptian Musical Professions Syndicate?

2012

2011

2013

2006

Which L holds the International Musical Eisteddfod every year?

Lisbon

Leith

Llangollen

Liverpool

Which of these musical voices is the lowest?

Tenor

Soprano

Alto

Bass

During its first 10 years, how many people have seen the stage musical ‘Mamma Mia!’?

60 million

30 million

90 million

10 million

Which musical tells the story of a singer placed in protective custody in a convent?

Sister Act

Mother Act

Brother Act

Father Act

In which musical do we hear, ‘Let’s go kick some Hunny buns! Yee-ha!’?

Aladdin

The Little Mermaid

Mulan

The Lion King

On which band’s music is the musical ‘Mamma Mia!’ based?

Rolling Stones

Queen

Abba

Beatles

Mozart wrote an opera about a which type of magical musical instrument?

Saxophone

Flute

Drums

Trumpet

In a musical capacity, what does the abbreviation ‘vc’ stand for?

Cello

Without conductor

Voice

Turn the page

Which musical instrument does Ravi Shankar play?

Guitar

Sitar

Bongo

Flute

Which London-based acid jazz group takes its name from a Native American Indian tribe and ‘Jam’, as in musical jamming?

Jamiroquai

Jamwitchita

Jamsiksiha

Jamnakoda

What high school television series revolves around a club called New Directions?

Gossip Girl

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Glee

Fame

What musical artists real name is Stacy Ferguson?

Lil Mo

Fergie

Ciara

Pink

A ‘kit’ is an archaic type of what musical instrument?

Trumpet

Violin

Harp

Piano

Walk The Line is a film based on the life of which singer?

Elvis Presley

Roy Orbison

Johnny Cash

Frank Sinatra

In the musical ‘Charlie and Algernon’, what is kind of animal is Algernon?

Dog

Hamster

Mouse

Cat

Which of these musical instruments can have a letter added to the beginning to make another musical instrument?

Bass

Lute

Harp

Oboe

The ‘Mamma Mia’ Musical is based around the music of which band.

Queen

ABBA

The Spice Girls

The Bee Gees

Which of these is the highest-earning musical film?

Grease

Flashdance

American Graffiti

The Water Babies

What type of musical instrument is a Tambura?

Flute

Bagpipes

Piano

Mandolin

As well as piano/keyboards, what other musical instrument does Lionel Richie play?

Saxophone

Harp

Clarinet

Double bass

Starting with the earliest, put these musicals in order of opening.

Phantom of the Opera

Hairspray

Cats

Chicago

Which of these musical genres influenced the creation of rock and roll?

Hip Hop

Electronica

Blues

Heavy Metal

Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley landed the lead role in which stage musical?

The Sound Of Music

Cats

Joseph

Chicago

Which musical is the song Ol’ Man River from?

Hair

Fiddler on the Roof

Rent

Show Boat

Which American musical by Kander and Ebb is named after a US city?

Biloxi

New York

Charleston

Chicago

Which 1960 musical features a character who became an unwitting member of Fagin’s gang?

Tim

Joseph

Oliver

Billy

Which boulevard is the title of a musical?

Sunrise

Sunset

Sun

Sunshine

Stephane Grappelli is associated with which musical instrument?

Drums

Trumpet

Harp

Violin

The film version of which musical starred Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta-Jones?

Chicago

Cabaret

West Side Story

Evita

In which musical do we hear, ‘Don’t be so British!’?

Singing in the Rain

South Pacific

Mary Poppins

Cabaret

Sandi Patti is best known for which kind of musical style?

Gospel

Alternative

Jazz

Folk

I Want You Back’ and ‘ABC’ are two songs by which musical group?

The Temptations

The Monkees

Jackson 5

The Supremes

Which of these musicals started its West End run first?

Cats

Lion King

Les Miserables

Starlight Express

What musical starred John Savage as Claude who becomes friendly with a group of New York hippies?

Grease

Hair

The Gay Divorcee

South Pacific

Which musical instrument represents Ireland on the Royal Standard?

Bagpipes

Piano

Violin

Harp

Debbie Gibson played Sandy in a London theatre production of which musical?

Cats

Phantom of the Opera

Saturday Night Fever

Grease

The musical ‘Cats’ is based on the collection ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ of which poet?

W.B. Yates

T.S. Eliot

Ted Hughes

Bob Dylan

Who completes the musical duo K-Ci and.. ?

GeGe

CoCo

DoDo

JoJo

Which musical has the line, ‘You can’t just walk out of a drive-in’?

The Wizard of Oz

Singing in the Rain

Grease

The Sound of Music

Which musical instrument did the older Smothers Brother play?

Piano

Piano

Drums

Guitar

Howard Hewett was part of which musical threesome?

Shalamar

The Thompson Twins

Right Said Fred

Fine Young Cannibals

What modern musical instrument is based on the medieval sackbut?

Piano

Piccolo

Trombone

Harp

Which of these is a real musical?

Sister Act

Father Act

Brother Act

Mother Act

Romantic era musical composer Umberto Giordano was from which country?

United Kingdom

Italy

Germany

Bohemia

Which musical instrument is Kenny G. famous for playing?

Ukulele

Drums

Electric guitar

Saxophone

When playing musical instruments, the tones that can be played are called what?

Bells

Notes

Sheets

Wails

Which part of the Pacific is the setting for a musical?

East

West

South

North

Around which pop band’s songs is the movie Mamma Mia! based?

Queen

Abba

Duran Duran

U2

The musical ‘The King and I’ is set in what country?

Siam

Japan

Burma

Ceylon

In 2009, it was announced that a musical was to be made to tell the life story of which former Big Brother contestant?

Jade Goody

Chantelle Houghton

Kate Lawler

PJ Ellis

According to Mary Poppins, how much sugar helped the medicine go down?

A cupful

A sprinkle

A sackful

A spoonful

The ‘Eisteddfod’ is a musical festival associated with which country in the UK?

Scotland

England

Ireland

Wales

Which musical instrument did the Stradivari family build?

Violin

Clarinet

Flute

Piano

Voice tuning on a mobile app was made famous by which musical artist?

Usher

T-Pain

Chris Brown

Tupac

Which song from the 1980 musical ‘Fame’ won a Best Original Song Oscar?

Fame

Out Here On My Own

Rent

Red Light

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