The Golden Age of Broadway Musicals

Oh, the world of yesteryear musicals! Strangers break into spontaneous song and dance in the street, and naturally, everyone knows the lyrics and choreography. If wanting to live in that world is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Whether you saw the original productions (or, more likely, a revival), or own the film versions on worn-out VHS tapes, true fans know that The Golden Age of Broadway (c. 1943-1968) blessed us with classic, yet sometimes ridiculous tunes. How well do you know your soundtracks? Test your knowledge of musical theatre lyrics and take our quiz!

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Musical: Hello, Dolly!
Song Title: It Takes a Woman
Lyrics: "It takes a woman, all powdered and pink, to joyously ____"
Fix your dinner and drink
Clean out the drain in the sink
Wear dresses, high-heels, and mink
Kiss your cheek with a wink
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Musical: South Pacific
Song Title: Honey Bun
Lyrics: "My doll is as dainty as a sparrow, but her figure is somethin' to applaud. Where she's narrow she's as narrow as an arrow, ____"
She's as skinny as thinny, thank God
An arrow, not a plank, nor a rod
And she's broad where a broad should be broad
She melts the snow, the ice is all thawed
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Musical: Hair
Song Title: Hair
Lyrics: "I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy / Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty / Oily, greasy, fleecy / Shining, gleaming, streaming / Flaxen, waxen / Knotted, polka-dotted / Twisted, beaded, braided / Powdered, flowered, and confettied / Bangled, tangled, spangled, and ____!"
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Musical: West Side Story
Song Title: I Feel Pretty
Lyrics: "I feel dizzy. I feel sunny. I feel fizzy and funny and fine. And so pretty. ____"
Like I've had a little too much wine
Miss America can just resign
I feel positively divine
No man could possibly decline
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Musical: My Fair Lady
Song Title: On the Street Where You Live
Lyrics: "When she mentioned how her ____, she completely done me in. And my heart went on a journey to the moon."
Aunt bit off the spoon
Father left too soon
Family thinks her a loon
Mother used to croon
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Musical: The Sound of Music
Song Title: Maria
Lyrics: "How do you find a word that means Maria? A flibbertigibbet! A will-o'-the-wisp! ____!"
A lamb
A darling
A nun
A clown
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Musical: Brigadoon
Song Title: Waitin' for my Dearie
Lyrics: "Many a lassie as everyone knows'll try to be married before twenty-five. So she'll agree to most any proposal. All he must be is ____"
A man who can drive
A man, and alive
A man with nothing to hide
A man who's twenty-five
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Musical: Guys and Dolls
Song Title: Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat
Lyrics: "And the devil will drag you under, ____"
By the sharp lapel of your checkered coat
With a soul so heavy you'd never float
By the fancy tie 'round your wicked throat
All of the above
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Musical: Oklahoma!
Song Title: Oh, What a Beatiful Mornin'
Lyrics: "There's a bright, golden haze on the meadow. The corn is as high as ____ and it looks like it's climbing clear up to the sky."
A risen pie
The crows fly
An elephant's eye
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Musical: Fiddler on the Roof
Song Title: If I Were a Rich Man
Lyrics: "I see my wife, my Golde, looking like a rich man's wife with a ____"
Carriage built for two
Proper double chin
New dress every day
Ring on every finger
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Musical: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Song Title: Goin' Courtin'
Lyrics: "If you find it hard to break the ice, here's a little feminine advice. Roll your eyes and heave a little sigh, ____"
Let her know that you're her guy
Never be afraid to cry
Take a sec to straighten up your tie
Grunt and groan like you're about to die
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Musical: The Music Man
Song Title: The Sadder-but-Wiser Girl For Me
Lyrics: "I smile, I grin, when the gal with a touch of sin walks in. I hope, and I pray, for ____"
A Hester to win just one more "A"
A Jezebel to make my day
A Rapunzel to come down and play
A Diana to make me pay
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Musical: The King and I
Song Title: Getting to Know You
Lyrics: "Getting to know you, putting it my way, but nicely, you are precisely ____"
What I need
My little kings and queens
Why I came
My cup of tea