Musicals & Theatre Trivia

200+ Best Musicals & Theatre Trivia Questions & Answers

Mike Oberman

Updated: June 15th, 2023

Unleash your inner theatre geek with over 200 mind-boggling questions about musicals, Shakespeare, and everything in between! From Broadway hits to iconic soliloquies, this trivia collection will have you singing show tunes and reciting monologues in no time.


Question: The song 'With a Little Bit of Luck' is in which musical?

Answer: My Fair Lady'

Question: The primary antagonist in the William Shakespeare play Othello is who?

Answer: Iago

Question: With whom did the woman from A Caseira e a Catarina make a pact to kill her husband and his lover?

Answer: Devil

Question: The line 'O, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?' was said by which William Shakespeare character?

Answer: Juliet

Question: Which of these musicals premiered first?

Answer: Oliver!'

Question: Which William Shakespeare character was Prince of Tyre?

Answer: Pericles

Question: Who killed Macbeth in the William Shakespeare play?

Answer: Macduff

Question: Which William Shakespeare play features the character Sir Toby Belch?

Answer: Twelfth Night'

Question: The musical 'American Idiot' was written by which U.S. rock band?

Answer: Green Day

Question: The play 'The Importance of Being Earnest' was written in 1895 by who?

Answer: Oscar Wilde

Question: Which musical does Tracy Turnblad appear?

Answer: Hairspray

Question: The play 'The History Boys' was written by who?

Answer: Alan Bennett

Question: Which play by Arthur Miller is a comment on McCarthyism?

Answer: The Crucible'

Question: Brazilian playwright and author Joao Silverio Trevisan is the founder of Brazil's first what?

Answer: Gay rights organization

Question: A clown called Touchstone appears in which William Shakespeare play?

Answer: As You Like It

Question: In what year did one of Brazil's greatest playwrights in history, Ariano Suassuna die?

Answer: 2014

Question: The classic song 'Memory' features in which Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?

Answer: Cats'

Question: The wigs in Bunraku are called what?

Answer: Kazura

Question: In William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, what is the name of the Queen of the Fairies?

Answer: Titania

Question: The J. B. Priestley play 'An Inspector Calls' was first performed in what year?

Answer: 1945

Question: Why was the powerful colonel in the play O Rico Avarento being arrested by the Chief of Hell?

Answer: Because of his sins

Question: At what age did Brazilian playwright Martins Pena lose his father?

Answer: One

Question: Arthur Miller wrote what screenplay for his wife Marilyn Monroe?

Answer: The Misfits'

Question: Opening in 2009 and running every year since which rock band had a musical entitled American Idiot?

Answer: Green Day

Question: William Shakespeare wrote how many sonnets?

Answer: 154

Question: In the popular marionette show, what is the name of Mr. Punch's wife?

Answer: Judy

Question: The play 'Green Grow The Lilacs' was adapted to which Rodgers and Hammerstein musical?

Answer: Oklahoma!'

Question: The play 'The Importance of Being Earnest' premiered in what year?

Answer: 1895

Question: Who was the main character in Goncalves Dias' play Patkull?

Answer: Patkull

Question: The New Jerusalem theatre hosts an outdoor performance which tells the history of what?

Answer: Death and Resurrection of Jesus

Question: How many plays did William Shakespeare write?

Answer: 38

Question: Aristophanes originally wrote his plays in what language?

Answer: Greek

Question: William Shakespeare's shortest play is what?

Answer: The Comedy of Errors'

Question: Cooking with nose of Turk and Tartar's lips features in which William Shakespeare play?

Answer: Macbeth'

Question: The 2002 film adaptation of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' starred which of these actors?

Answer: Colin Firth

Question: The character Sally Bowles appears in which musical?

Answer: Cabaret'

Question: The 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical winner was what?

Answer: Once'

Question: Which of these was one of the World War I smash hits that defined the music of the era?

Answer: Chu Chin Chow'

Question: What is the Honbutai?

Answer: The main stage

Question: In which of Shakespeare's works do we meet a character named Shylock?

Answer: The Merchant of Venice

Question: William Shakespeare wrote how many plays?

Answer: 38

Question: At what age did Brazilian director Olayr Coan die in a car accident on the way to his hometown?

Answer: 48

Question: The play 'Waiting for Godot' was written by who?

Answer: Samuel Beckett

Question: Which musical features the song 'Schadenfreude'?

Answer: Avenue Q'

Question: The music of the Four Seasons is celebrated in which of these musicals?

Answer: Jersey Boys'

Question: Which author wrote the play 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'?

Answer: Edward Albee

Question: Which of these dates is widely celebrated as William Shakespeare's birthday?

Answer: 23rd April

Question: Three witches appear in which William Shakespeare play?

Answer: Macbeth'

Question: Which of these musicals is an adaptation of a 1988 John Waters film?

Answer: Hairspray'

Question: In what year did Brazilian playwright Oduvaldo Vianna Filho finish his best play Rasga coracao?

Answer: Few days before his death

Question: William Shakespeare wrote about which of these Scottish kings?

Answer: Macbeth

Question: The Book of Mormon' premiered in what year?

Answer: 2011

Question: How many wives did Brazilian playwright Nelson Falcao Rodrigues have?

Answer: 3

Question: Playwright director Augusto Boal died at the age of 78 after a long battle with what disease?

Answer: Leukemia

Question: Long Day's Journey into Night' was written by which dramatist?

Answer: Eugene O'Neill

Question: A spell that puts a donkey's head on his shoulders was inflicted on which Shakespeare character?

Answer: Bottom

Question: Which of these actors was due to appear in the musical 'Aspects of Love' but had to drop out?

Answer: Roger Moore

Question: Considered the most beautiful and most important, where is the Teatro Municipal located?

Answer: Rio de Janeiro

Question: London's Mermaid Theatre was founded by which actor?

Answer: Bernard Miles

Question: In what year did Brazilian author of numerous theatrical plays Plinio Marcos die?

Answer: 1999

Question: The opera 'Madame Butterfly' was the inspiration for which musical?

Answer: Miss Saigon'

Question: Which William Shakespeare play does the line 'To be or not to be' come from?

Answer: Hamlet'

Question: Which theatre character was known as the demon barber of Fleet Street?

Answer: Sweeny Todd

Question: Which William Shakespeare character was the father of Goneril, Regan and Cordelia?

Answer: King Lear

Question: The play 'The Book of Mormon' was written by the creators of which of these TV shows?

Answer: South Park'

Question: Which of these people died in the Republic Museum and theatre, Catete Palace?

Answer: Getulio Vargas

Question: The skull of the character Yorick appears in which of William Shakespeare's plays?

Answer: Hamlet'

Question: The play 'Uncle Vanya' was written by who?

Answer: Anton Chekhov

Question: By the opinion of Brazilian Critics, Ariano Suassuna's O Santo e a Porca is considered as a what?

Answer: His second best play

Question: The play Ya-no-Ne begins with the hero sharpening what?

Answer: A giant arrow


Question: Arthur Smith wrote a play about an evening with which footballer?

Answer: Gary Lineker

Question: Which of these famous ancient Greeks was NOT a playwright?

Answer: Homer

Question: The musical term ralentando means what?

Answer: Getting slower

Question: In which year did snooker's World Championship begin its residence at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre?

Answer: 1977

Question: The 'Waltz of the Flowers' can be heard in which ballet?

Answer: The Nutcracker'

Question: The classical composer Malcolm Arnold was what nationality?

Answer: British

Question: Which country does the dance called chaconne originate from?

Answer: Spain

Question: The play 'The 39 Steps' was written by who?

Answer: Patrick Barlow

Question: When was the first ever stage production of Les Miserables?

Answer: 1980

Question: Which of these singing voices comes below tenor?

Answer: Baritone

Question: The play 'Tamburlaine the Great' was written by who?

Answer: Christopher Marlowe

Question: Which form of music made Billie Holiday popular?

Answer: Jazz

Question: The word 'thespian' is another name for which theater professional?

Answer: Actor

Question: Jimi Hendrix was famous for which instrument?

Answer: Drums

Question: The book of the play 'Urinetown' was written by who?

Answer: Greg Kotis

Question: Cats' started its run in the West End in what year?

Answer: 1981

Question: The original name of the ballet Les Sylphides was what?

Answer: Chopiniana'

Question: The play adaptation of the novel 'Gigi' was written by who?

Answer: Anita Loos

Question: The plays 'Equus' and 'Amadeus' were written by who?

Answer: Peter Shaffer

Question: When did Phantom of the Musical opera open in London?

Answer: 1986

Question: The typical 2 hour play has how many acts?

Answer: 3

Question: Which character who dies in the original Dickens novel survives in the musical 'Oliver!'?

Answer: Fagin

Question: Which year did the musical Singing in the Rain open?

Answer: 1983

Question: The musical 'Love Never Dies' is a sequel to what?

Answer: The Phantom of the Opera'

Question: Franz Schubert's 'Unfinished' was what type of work?

Answer: Symphony

Question: After which founder of the School of Dramatic Art was the Teatro Alfredo Mesquita named?

Answer: Alfredo Mesquita

Question: The Book of Mormon' won how many Tony Awards?

Answer: Nine

Question: The Lady Bracknell line 'A handbag?' features in which play?

Answer: The Importance of Being Earnest'

Question: Which of these was a fairly short-lived 80s musical?

Answer: Big River

Question: Emma Orczy created which fictional hero?

Answer: Scarlet Pimpernel

Question: The songs 'You Are For Loving' and 'Over the Bannister' feature in which musical?

Answer: Meet Me in St. Louis'

Question: In which year was Broadway musical 'Chicago' first shown?

Answer: 1996

Question: Premiering in New York in 1967, which musical became famous for the amount of nudity involved?

Answer: Hair

Question: The 2002 film adaptation of 'The Importance of Being Earnest' starred which of these actresses?

Answer: Reese Witherspoon

Question: Which of the following was the name of one of the girls from 'Cabaret'?

Answer: Helga

Question: What color flag advertised comedies at the Elizabethan Globe Theatre?

Answer: White

Question: The Caretaker' was written by who in 1960?

Answer: Harold Pinter

Question: Which Andrew Lloyd Webber musical features the classic song 'Memory'?

Answer: Cats

Question: Jean Baptiste Poquelin was the birth name of which playwright?

Answer: Moliere

Question: In 2001, which actress made her Shakespearian stage debut in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'?

Answer: Dawn French

Question: Which form of music made Maria Callas famous?

Answer: Opera

Question: The character Willy Loman features in which Arthur Miller play?

Answer: Death of a Salesman'

Question: Miss Hannigan appears as a character in which musical?

Answer: Annie

Question: In which country was the play 'Hedda Gabler' first performed?

Answer: Germany

Question: William Shakespeare's 'A Comedy of Errors' was inspired by which play by Plautus?

Answer: Menaechmi'

Question: When did the musical Oh! Calcutta debut?

Answer: 1969

Question: The composer Beethoven had what first name?

Answer: Ludwig

Question: Which famous 2004 play focuses on religious misconduct?

Answer: Doubt

Question: Thomas More is the subject of which of these plays?

Answer: A Man for All Seasons'

Question: The play The 39 Steps premiered in which city?

Answer: Leeds

Question: For his part in which play was Daniel Radcliffe nominated for a Drama Desk Award?

Answer: Equus

Question: Which musical was based on a Harold Gray comic strip?

Answer: Annie

Question: What musical did the song 'Memory@ come from?

Answer: Cats

Question: From which country was the King in 'The King and I'?

Answer: Siam

Question: Which year did Billy Joel make his UK live debut at London's Dury Lane Theatre?

Answer: 1978

Question: Which of these was the longest-running musical in history for a brief time?

Answer: Jesus Christ Superstar'

Question: When did Annie first premier in Broadway?

Answer: 1977

Question: Classical composer Joseph Haydn died in which city?

Answer: Vienna

Question: Which modern play features suspicious nun in a 1960's Catholic school?

Answer: Doubt

Question: When did Guys and Dolls premier on Broadway?

Answer: 1950

Question: The play The 39 Steps premiered in what year?

Answer: 2005

Question: The play 'Urinetown' premiered in what year?

Answer: 2001

Question: The classic song 'If I Were a Rich Man' appears in which musical?

Answer: Fiddler on the Roof'

Question: Which of these plays was written by Henrik Ibsen?

Answer: A Doll's House'

Question: The famous 'Hallelujah Chorus' was composed by who?

Answer: George Frideric Handel

Question: Miss Saigon' premiered in Drury Lane, London in 1989, but how many performances were put on there before it closed?

Answer: 4264

Question: Which ancient Greek play tells a story of a mother killing her children out of revenge?

Answer: Medea

Question: The play 'The Mousetrap' opened in London in what year?

Answer: 1952

Question: In which musical did Meat Loaf appear in?

Answer: Hair

Question: Rum Tum Tugger is a character in which show?

Answer: Cats

Question: What musical is based in New York City's lower East Side and features struggling artists and musicians?

Answer: Rent

Question: The lyrics for the musical 'Starlight Express' were written by who?

Answer: Richard Stilgoe

Question: Which of these shows premiered in London in July 1970?

Answer: Oh! Calcutta'

Question: The character called Shylock appears in which William Shakespeare play?

Answer: The Merchant of Venice'

Question: The plays 'Three Sisters' and 'The Cherry Orchard' were written by who?

Answer: Anton Chekhov

Question: In the musical Oliver, who was Bill Sykes Mistress?

Answer: Nancy

Question: Where did Prince Charles first show Camilla Parker-Bowles off?

Answer: Ritz

Question: The play 'Sleuth' was written by who?

Answer: Anthony Shaffer


Question: The character Nessarose is featured in which show?

Answer: Wicked

Question: Which play won the Obie award for best new American play in 2009?

Answer: Ruined

Question: Where does Mamma Mia take place?

Answer: Greece

Question: Which film was NOT scored by musical team Tomandandy?

Answer: Legion

Question: How would you categorize the film 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'?

Answer: Horror

Question: From which musical does the song 'Old Man River' come?

Answer: Showboat

Question: In which musical do Julie Jordan Bigelow, Aunt Nettie, Carrie Pipperidge, and Enoch Snow sing about attending a real nice clambake?

Answer: Carousel

Question: Which of the following does Cassie NOT need in 'A Chorus Line'?

Answer: The Steps

Question: The musical 'Starlight Express' was famously performed on roller-skates, but what other form of transport was the musical about?

Answer: Trains

Question: The name of which play is viewed as bad luck to say in a theater?

Answer: Macbeth

Question: What musical features a character named Sophie?

Answer: Mama Mia

Question: What is Britain's most famous theatre district?

Answer: West End

Question: In which US state is Andy Williams' 'Moon River Theatre' ?

Answer: Missouri

Question: What is the name of the tomboy in 'West Side Story'?

Answer: Anybodys

Question: What type of dancing would you see if you went to see Billy Elliott?

Answer: Ballet

Question: What is the scene before the first act of a play called?

Answer: Prologue

Question: 80s broadway musical 'La Cage aux Folles' is set in which country?

Answer: France

Question: What is the scene after the last act of a play called?

Answer: Epilogue

Question: Which Dreamworks film had a theatre-based musical adaption?

Answer: Shrek

Question: What sort of films did Will Hay appear in back in the 30s and 40s?

Answer: Comedy

Question: In which Japanese City is Madame Butterfly set?

Answer: Nagasaki

Question: Which place in America is also the name of a famous Musical?

Answer: Chicago

Question: Which of Shakespeare's plays has a line 'Double, double toil and trouble'?

Answer: Macbeth

Question: The character of Romeo in the play 'Romeo and Juliet' belonged to which family?

Answer: Montague

Question: In which show is there a character named Herbie?

Answer: Gypsy

Question: What does the 'M' in 'MIDI', a system developed in the 80s, stand for?

Answer: Musical

Question: Which famous musical is set in Berlin just prior to the last war?

Answer: Cabaret

Question: Which animated Disney film featuring songs by Phil Collins has a Broadway musical version?

Answer: Tarzan

Question: What musical has the following lyrics: 'Mama, thinks I'm living in a convent. A secluded little convent in the southern part of France.'

Answer: Cabaret

Question: At the 2004 Tony Awards, which theater production won 'Best Musical'?

Answer: Avenue Q

Question: What Musical features students from Rydell High?

Answer: Grease

Question: What is name of a play that begins early in the day called?

Answer: Matinee

Question: Which famous composer is the play 'Amadeus' about?

Answer: Mozart

Question: Catherine Johnson wrote which musical?

Answer: Mamma Mia

Question: In 'Little Shop of Horrors,' what is the occupation of Audrey's boyfriend?

Answer: Dentist

Question: Which Musical includes the song 'I'd do anything'?

Answer: Oliver

Question: Which railway station is situated most closely to the Old Vic theatre?

Answer: Waterloo

Question: From which musical does the Liverpool F C anthem, 'You'll Never Walk Alone' come from?

Answer: Carousel

Question: Where is the Ulster Bank Theatre Festival held?

Answer: Dublin

Question: Where does Conor McPherson's 2006 play 'The Seafarer' take place?

Answer: Baldoyle

Question: Which cat is known as the Napoleon of crime in 'CATS'?

Answer: Macavity

Question: Which popular play did Patrick Marber write that later became a film staring Julia Roberts and Jude Law?

Answer: Closer

Question: Which play focuses on misconduct between a teacher and a student?

Answer: Oleanna

Question: Which facial feature was Cyrano de Bergerac known for in the play by Edmond Rostand?

Answer: Big nose

Question: Which song from 'Footloose' (the movie) was not part of the stage version?

Answer: Never

Question: Where would you find a 'cerge'?

Answer: Church

Question: Which English king is the main character of the Broadway play 'The Lion in Winter'?

Answer: Henry II

Question: Who said 'I'm not living with you. We occupy the same cage, that's all' in one of Tennessee William's plays?

Answer: Maggie

Question: What musical does the song 'Don't cry for me Argentina' come from?

Answer: Evita

Question: Which George Bernard Shaw play was transformed into 'My Fair Lady'?

Answer: Pygmalion

Question: Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet' takes place in which city?

Answer: Verona

Question: John Kander wrote the music for which musical?

Answer: Chicago