Who did it first?
The movie musical vs. the stage musical—which do you like more? Is it even a competition?
Some don't believe so, as most musicals have played out on both stage and screen. When either Hollywood or Broadway needs a new idea for a production, they often turn to the opposite coast for that very idea. Sometimes they translate well from one medium to the other and are big hits, but sometimes they don't, and the opposite occurs—producers have a flop on their hands.
Most of the big musicals you know and love were either performed on Broadway first before making it to Hollywood, although a recent trend is occurring in which the Hollywood movie has been turned into a successful stage production. Did you know Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Rent, Legally Blonde, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Rock Of Ages, Sunset Boulevard and even more have been both a Broadway play and a movie?
The eighteen questions on this quiz ask a simple question—which came first, the Broadway extravaganza or the Hollywood premiere? If you count yourself as a theater kid, film buff or both, you'll know which story originated from which medium pretty quickly!
So, sit back, relax, throw on your favorite show tunes, and flex your musical muscles to ace this difficult, but fun, quiz! As the song says, "You'll be swell! You'll be great! Gonna have the whole world on the plate!" Good luck!