Well, apparently, my readers love a challenge. There was a huge response to the U.S. version of my Musicals Across the Map Quiz, in terms of blog traffic as well as Twitter chatter. So I figured I should get to working on a worldwide edition of same.
Of course, with the U.S. edition, it was easy for me to know when to stop building the list: there are only 50 states. But with the world edition, I sort of had to stop when the shows started getting too arcane. I mean, where's the fun in disovering a show if it was only performed once in a church basement in Reykjavik? I tried to stick to shows that had actually played New York City, or at least had had significant out-of-town tryouts.
That said, some of the shows that are on my list are pretty darned obscure. But as was true of the U.S. quiz, I'm sure some of you will find patently obvious shows that I wasn't even thinking of. So, put on your thinking cap once more, dear reader, and take a musical trip around the world. I'll be posting my answers later in the week. I look forward to seeing yours.
Don't ask me how I got started on this. I can't really remember. I think I was looking at a map of Europe, and I suddenly started to think about various musicals that took place in each of the countries, challenging myself to find at least one for each country.
Then I got to thinking that this activity might make a fun blog post, and I started to make a list of countries for which I could identify at least one musical. Then I started to think about shows that took place each of the United States, and I decided to make that a separate blog post.
So here's the first of two "quizzes" I've constructed based on my labors. We'll start with the U.S.A. and then we'll go abroad. For each of the following states, list at least one musical that takes place, at least partly, within the boundaries of that state. Some of them are pretty darned obvious. (Um, Oklahoma, anyone?) Others are mind-numbingly obscure. I've marked with an asterisk the states for which I had an especially difficult time coming up with shows. Feel free to use Google. (God knows I did.) Despite my research, there were three states for which I couldn't find a single musical: Nebraska, Delaware, and Idaho. If you know of a musical that takes place in any or all of these states, please feel free to enlighten me.
Of course, there's more than one answer to many of these items. I'll be posting my answers later in the week. In the meantime, feel free to submit your responses in the comment section below. (Do me a favor and cut and paste the state names into your response. That makes it easier for me to see how well you've done.)