Test Your Knowledge of Broadway Shows at The Smith Center

Broadway Las Vegas / Inside the Theater

When The Smith Center opened in 2012, its top goals included bringing the best of Broadway productions to Southern Nevada audiences.

The nonprofit did just that with its Broadway Las Vegas® Series, presenting Tony-winning productions throughout each year – including many shows fresh off the Broadway stage.

While The Smith Center remains temporarily closed for now, Southern Nevadans can test their knowledge of these dazzling and powerful shows.

Take the quiz below of trivia from top Broadway productions that have visited The Smith Center!

  1. This marked the very first Broadway musical The Smith Center presented on its stage:
    • Wicked
    • The Color Purple
    • Mary Poppins
    • Billy Elliot
  2. One of the fastest-selling musicals at The Smith Center, this is also the longest-running musical in Broadway history:
    • The Lion King
    • The Phantom of the Opera
    • The Book of Mormon
    • Fiddler on the Roof
  3. This musical started as a concept album that landed songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Songs – it came to The Smith Center for its 50th Anniversary tour:
    • Rent
    • West Side Story
    • Jesus Christ Superstar
    • Once
  4. This hit jukebox musical has many ties to Las Vegas, including its co-producer Bernie Yuman, a Las Vegas resident who once managed Siegfried & Roy and Muhammad Ali!
    • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
    • Motown the Musical
    • On Your Feet!
    • American Idiot
  5. The Smith Center launched the national tour of this movie-inspired musical, making Southern Nevada audiences the first to see it fresh off Broadway.
    • Waitress
    • Kinky Boots
    • Dirty Dancing
    • Flashdance the Musical
  6. Revived six times on Broadway, this classic musical featured baked goods from Las Vegas bakery Freed’s Bakery during its performances at The Smith Center!
    • Hello, Dolly
    • Fiddler on the Roof
    • The Sound of Music
    • Cinderella
  7. This musical featured Broadway’s first all-female creative team, with women taking on the roles of book, music and lyrics, directing and choreography… And performances at The Smith Center even featured a young Las Vegas girl in the final scene.
    • Wicked
    • Anastasia
    • Waitress
    • Flashdance the Musical
  8. The original cast album of this musical remained No. 1 on the Billboard pop albums chart for seven weeks:
    • Rent
    • Hello, Dolly!
    • Hamilton
    • American Idiot
  9. It takes 150 people, including cast, musicians and behind-the-scenes workers, to put on each performance of this elaborate production:
    • Jesus Christ Superstar
    • The Phantom of the Opera
    • Wicked
    • The Lion King
  10. For this adaptation of a hit Disney film, the director of the national tour that visited The Smith Center was an alumnus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
    • The Lion King
    • The Little Mermaid
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • Newsies
  11. The creators of this musical took the risk of opening it straight on Broadway, without testing it at an off-Broadway theater first. This paid off - the musical earned nine Tonys and a Grammy, and The Smith Center has presented it multiple times.
    • Hamilton
    • Wicked
    • The Color Purple
    • The Book of Mormon

The Road to Reopening Fund

The Smith Center looks forward to presenting top Broadway productions again. But the nonprofit needs the community’s support now more than ever. Due to its temporary closure during the pandemic, the center has already cancelled or postponed over 350 performances totaling more than $20 million in lost revenue. Answers:

To help The Smith Center raise its curtains once more, click here to support its Road to Reopening Fund.

Answers:

  1. The Color Purple
  2. The Phantom of the Opera
  3. Jesus Christ Superstar
  4. On Your Feet!
  5. Kinky Boots
  6. Fiddler on the Roof
  7. Waitress
  8. Hello, Dolly!
  9. The Lion King
  10. The Little Mermaid
  11. The Book of Mormon