Happy New Year!

January 2, 2011

Here are the answers to the West End Geek festive quiz….

1) The three operas in Phantom are: Hannibal, Il Muto and Don Juan Triumphant.

2) The pool boy’s mixed signals : you could have had Nikos’ waxed chest, his silk translucent socks, his tan, his killer body, his stubbly chin, his coiffed and crispy locks or his pointy-toed shoes.

3) was c) Little Women, which opened and closed on Broadway in 2005.

4) The West End’s longest-running show still in business is Les Misérables, at a hefty 25 years.

5) Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats had held the record with 21 years when it closed in 2002.

6) Dearman, Barker and Spicer’s vocals all feature on Confused.com’s ‘Somebody to Love’ advert, with Dearman providing the sassy voice of lead stick-woman Cara.

7) Touring cast-member Katie Hall was a last-minute stand in as Cossette, as her Queen’s counterpart Camilla Kerslake was unwell.

8 ) The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which opened in 1674. It is now home to Oliver!, which will close in January to make way for Shrek: the musical.

9) Bonnie Langford. The perky Cats performer and 80s Doctor Who star is the sister of the Strallens’ mother Cherida.

10) Eponine in Les Misérables. Frances Ruffelle created the role aged 20, and gave birth to Eliza (nicknamed ‘Doolittle’) just three years later.

11) d) Mary Poppins. Over the Rainbow and I’d Do Anything are well known this side of the pond, but Broadway’s Legally Blonde also found a leading lady in The Search For Elle Woods in 2008. Snippets of the show are still on YouTube and it is far more fabulously camp (and rigorous) than our versions.

12) The Lion King. Alexia had previously starred as Nala.

13) Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters. In the episode Dream On, Rachel briefly convinces herself that one of these two starlets had taken time out of their busy careers to be a surrogate for her gay dads.

14) Gavin and Stacey‘s Joanna Page. The loveable Welsh blonde got down to the final two, and was heartbroken after being rejected at the end of a demanding audition process.

15) The actress not mooted was b) Bette Midler. A dazzling array of Hollywood talent was considered for the film version of Evita (which had been in talks since 1978), as well as original Eva diva Elaine Page. Barbra Streisand was the choice of the first attached director, but she turned it down.

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