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The Broadway Musical Quiz Book Paperback – August 1, 2010
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About the Author
Laura Frankos (Chatsworth, CA) has written in the fields of mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. She holds degrees in history from UCLA and works as a children's librarian. From 2002 to 2004, she wrote Broadway trivia quizzes for the Internet, which helped inspire the The Broadway Musicals Quiz Book. She and her husband, author Harry Turtledove, have three daughters.
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The questions are too difficult to make these quizzes fun. The author writes in the beginning that she tried to make it interesting for hardcore fans like myself as well as casual fans. If this is true, I'm surprised she didn't categorize the quizzes by difficulty level and gives us quizzes ranging from very easy to very hard rather than a whole book of quizzes that only fit in the latter category. As it stands, I could only answer about one in every seven questions. Thus, I can't imagine a casual musical theatre fan getting much enjoyment from this book. Of course, not knowing a question prompts you to look up the answer and learn something new, which is exciting, but not all the information is correct. I reached the "Typically English" quiz covering British shows, only the fourth quiz in the book, and I already ran across a mistake* and a pretty obvious one at that. This leads me to question the validity of other information contained in this book.
Overall, I love the idea of this book. I just think it could have been a touch easier and researched better while still being fun and interesting to ALL those who appreciate musical theatre.
*In the answers section for the "Typically English" quiz (under #10, pg. 199), the author states that Lauri Peters (and the children) from The Sound of Music lost the Best Featured Actress Tony to Sandra Church from Gypsy. She/they actually lost to their costar in The Sound of Music, Patricia Neway.
However this book is a lot of fun. I picture a dorm room full of theatre majors playing with the book; I picture teachers looking for extra credit questions. I also can see how this book is useful in looking at the history of Aerican Musical Theatre. I can see the book spending a summer on the porch or a winter in the bathroom.
If you're a fan who lovedf "Cats" and "Phantom" but can't say who wrote the lyrics and book for those two shows, save your money and buy a Sarah Brightman DVD. If you're smarter than that and have a sincere interest in American Musical Theatre, you could do a lot worse.
I do wonder, however, how the author would have done on this before her hunt for information.