Are you a Musical Genius?

Only a Musical Theatre Genius can name a show from just two song lyrics! Test your Musical Theatre Lyrics IQ – and then challenge your friends… We’ve compiled 25 lyrics from West End & Broadway shows, from the simple to the fiendishly difficult. How many shows can you name? The answers at the end –  but no peeking!!

Ready? Steady? GO!


Something has changed within me, something is not the same I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game


You simply won’t believe how much this book will change your life, This book will change your life, This book will change your life!


Somebody hold me too close, somebody hurt me too deep Somebody sit in my chair and ruin my sleep and make me aware of being alive


Got no mansion, got no yacht – still I’m happy with what I got I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night


Live in my house I’ll be your shelter
Just pay me back with one thousand kisses


Without him, the world around me changes,
The trees are bare and everywhere the streets are full of strangers


I’m not much of a man by the light of day,
But by night I’m one hell of a lover


But I suddenly lose control
There’s a fire within my soul


I got a feeling there’s a miracle due,
Gonna come true, coming to me


I may lack form and finesse, but I’ll warm up in a jiff
It’s not exciting unless the competition is stiff!


Middle class, don’t speak of it – savoir faire, we reek of it
Some were born with rags and patches  but we use dollar bills for matches


There’s no time for us, there’s no place for us,
What is this thing that builds our dreams, yet slips away from us?


Cause the world keeps spinnin’ round and round and my heart’s keeping time to the speed of sound,
I was lost ‘til I heard the drums, then I found my way


He has magic fingers, he has magic hands
And I just know somehow that he understands


Living on the never never, constant as the changing weather
Never sure who’s at the door or the price you’re gonna have to pay


You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late, before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate, you’ve got to be carefully taught


And now I’m all ready to fly, yes to fly higher and higher
‘Cause I’ve gone through brimstone, and I’ve been through the fire


And God made Eve from Adam’s Rib and Eve was weak – and Eve was weak and I was weak
I prayed this day would never come I should have known – I should have known, now I’m alone


Now I’m a brass band, I’m a harpsichord, I’m a clarinet,
I’m the Philadelphia Orchestra, I’m the modern jazz quartet!


When the smell of the rain-washed pavement comes up clean and fresh and cold
And the street lamp light fills the gutter with gold


Once I asked for a Balenciaga scarf to stuff in a mannequin’s purse,
They told me “No-one on earth will see” – I answered “No-one on earth but me!”


And as for fortune, and as for fame: I never invited them in
Though it seemed to the world they were all I desired


He ain’t no sheik, that’s no great physique
Lord knows he ain’t got the smarts


These New York City streets get colder, I shoulder ev’ry burden,
Ev’ry disadvantage I have learned to manage,
I don’t have a gun to brandish, I walk these streets famished


The sun has gone to bed and so must I, So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye…

Check below for the answers, each correct answer scores 7 points. Work out your score and then share this post to Facebook with your Musical Theatre Lyrics IQ status!

126 – 140 = SECOND COVER
105 – 119 = SWING

answers below

(1) Wicked (2) The Book of Mormon (3) Company (4) Annie Get Your Gun (5) Rent (6) Les Miserables (7) Rocky Horror Picture Show (8) Mamma Mia! (9) West Side Story (10) City of Angels (11) Hello Dolly! (12) We Will Rock You (13) Hairspray (14) Betty Blue Eyes (15) Blood Brothers (16) South Pacific (17) Anything Goes (18) Carrie (19) Sweet Charity (20) Guys and Dolls (21) Kiss of the Spiderwoman (22) Evita (23) Chicago (24) Hamilton (25) The Sound of Music

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