Sunday, December 15, 2013

198 Quiz Answer


 
Michael York and Liza Minnelli
Cabaret is a musical based on a book written by Christopher Isherwood, music by Kander and Ebb.

(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "W" is for "Will")
Here’s this week’s Berownial quiz question: I wrote the following scenelet, thinking it might remind you of a famous musical.  Name the musical.

Berlin, Germany, in the early 1930s.

“Come on, Will.  Are you talking about the Austrian corporal?  Don’t worry about him.  He’s just a bag of hot air.”

“Really?  Seems to me Hitler is something to worry about.  He has quite a following.”

“But what does it add up to?  A collection of dimwits marching about shouting heil! to each other in a combative way.  His party, the National Socialists, does not represent the general population and will never amount to anything serious.”

“I hope you’re right.  You’ve lived here for a full year so I guess you know more about this than I do.  I realize I’m just a tourist.”

“Look at it this way.  The German people are blessed with a large portion of common sense.  They may have the occasional radical agitator to deal with, but he won’t win any general elections.  My advice is, ignore local politics and especially ignore local politicians.”

“That’s easy to say, but I’m still concerned.  Along with this Hitler movement, there’s the economic depression to worry about – it’s spreading around the world.”

“So that’s your theme now, to be permanently down in the dumps?  What you need is a little cheering-up.  Wasn’t that the original idea?  To enjoy your visit to Germany?”

“But there’s so much bad stuff going on…”

“Listen, Will.  We’re going to go out and have some fun.  I know a great little spot, a sort of night club here in town where’s there music and comedy and beautiful girls.   You’ll love it.”

“Sounds great, but I’m really not in the mood right now.”

“This joint will get you out of that sluggish mood, get you to enjoy life for a while.   What good is sitting alone in your room?  Come here the music play!”

(Also submitted to Sunday Scribblings)

39 comments:

Heidi said...

Cabaret

Berowne said...

Congrats; Heidi starts us off with the right answer.

New York Erratic said...

Cabaret!

Berowne said...

New York Erratic has just inerratically given us the correct answer.

ds said...

"Life is a Cabaret, old chum. Come to the Cabaret.." Three cheers for Sally Bowles and Cabaret
I'll be humming all day. Thanks!

Little Nell said...

It has to be ‘Cabaret’ - and now I will have the earworm of that song all day. Or should I say Ohrwurm? The Germans invented the concept and named it.

The Blog of Bee said...

Cabaret

naturgesetz said...

Life is a "Cabaret," old chum. Come to the "Cabaret!"

Jae Rose said...

Cabaret?

Helen said...

Cabaret ... come hear the music play!

oldegg said...

Cabaret, one of my favourite musicals.

Altonian said...

Cabaret, wouldn't you say?

Berowne said...

Here's a collection of all-stars, all with the correct answer: ds, Little Nell, Blog by Bee, naturgesetz, Jae Rose,Helen, oldegg and Altonian.

Doctor FTSE said...

'Cabaret', I think? Based on one of Chrisopher Isherwood's "Berlin Stories"

Berowne said...

Doc FTSE has just joined our friendly group with another right answer.

Leaz said...

Cabaret

Kathe W. said...

It's gotta be the Producers!

Roger Owen Green said...

Life is a Cabaret, old chum.

Tess Kincaid said...

Made me think of two...The Sound of Music and The Producers...

Berowne said...

Two more for the winners' circle: Leaz and Roger Owen Green, each with the correct answer.

kaykuala said...

It's Cabaret, I should think, Berowne!

Hank

Berowne said...

Kaykuala is the latest to give us the right answer.

Karen S. said...

I'll offer The Blue Angel, but your piece today was incredible in the way it brought several other stories to my mind (like previews before the show) it was like reliving about five other great shows.

Tammie said...

I haven't seen many musicals that don't star Judy Garland or Gene Kelley, so my pool from which to choose is limited. I came close with Sound of Music...I knew Judgement at Neuremburg didn't have an musical qualities to it. :)

Tammie
www.mycuplifted.blogspot.com

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Baby, the last two lines sent it over the top: Cabaret, based on the play "I Am A Camera" by John Van Druten, which was in turn adapted from Christopher Isherwood's novel, Goodbye to Berlin. (Sorry, don't know how to underline titles of books in Blogger.) Thanks, Amy

Kutamun said...

No idea, but Germany was the most modern of European nations in the late thirties, with the hifgest proportion of Graduates , who would have thought .... I have been meaning to read Victor Klemeperers " Language of The Third Reich ", but keep putting it off dor some silly reason , perhaps it will ring some bells?

Lucy Westenra said...

If this isn't "Cabaret" I'll eat my shorts.

Berowne said...

Amy (as in "Once in Love With") has put her sharp little pencil to work and has come up with the right answer. Also, Lucy Westenra feels pretty confident too: "I'll eat my shorts," she wrote, if she's wrong. Fortunately she's right. :-)

Carver said...

I always seem stuck by your quiz and think I should know the answer. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Leslie: said...

Sounds like "Cabaret" to me. Best wishes for the Christmas season.

Leslie
abcw team

Hildred said...

Oh, Come to the Cabaret old chum!!!

Berowne said...

Two more who have joined our merry band with the right answer: Leslie and Hildred.

uberrhund said...

Cabaret, old chum?

Meryl said...

What is "Cabaret?"

And wishing you a happy holiday!

Kathe W. said...

the Sound of Music ??

Berowne said...

Two more "winners": Meryl and uberrhund, with the right answer.

Sheilagh Lee said...


I keep thinking Sound of music

Alice Audrey said...

So many right answers, but I'm not even going to try to guess. I just enjoyed a scene like you could actually look into history.

Welcome to The Serialists!

Kathe W. said...

wow I nevr even thought of Cabaret! Cheers- have a great day!

 
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