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Quiz Can You Name These Animal-Inspired Shows, Lyrics and More? Broadway has a soft spot for furry friends. Test your knowledge of the Great White Way’s animal ties.

Can You Name These Animal-Inspired Shows?

Broadway has a soft spot for furry friends—particularly in the titles of its shows. Test your knowledge of the Great White Way’s animal ties.

Cats returns to Broadway beginning performances July 14. The show is based on which famous poet’s work?

T.S. Elliot

Paul Gallico

Mother Goose

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Tennessee Williams used the same pet in the title of one of his most famous plays. Name the play.

Sweet Cat of Youth

Night of the Black Cat

P.S. Your Cat is Dead!

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

This famous farce follows the story of a greeting card poet who has a knack for picking race horse winners. It was a huge hit.

Hold Your Horses

Horse Play

Let It Ride

Three Men on a Horse

This musical from Disney Theatrical Productions began at the New Amsterdam Theatre, before moving to the Minskoff.

Beauty and the Beast

The Jungle Book

The Lion King


This famous Tyrolean operetta had an animal in its title. It starred Kitty Carlisle and William Gaxton.

All the King's Horses

The Spring Chicken

White Horse Inn

Hold Your Horses

In Wicked’s “Something Bad,” Dr. Dillamond sings of two animals who have forgotten how to speak. What animals are they?

Fox and Fowl

Frog and Toad

Ox and Owl

Mule and Hawk

A successful play by Jean Giraudoux had a feline in its title. It opened at the Plymouth Theatre in Manhattan in 1955.

The Lion Tamer

The Lion and the Mouse

Love Among the Lions

Tiger at the Gates

The 1979 play, The Elephant Man, won a Tony for Best Play. Who was the actor nominated that year for his performance in the title role?

John Hurt

John Merrick

Philip Anglim

David Bowie

What David Mamet play’s original star was a well-know movie actor? (Hint: Al Pacino starred in it when it was revived and nominated for a Best Revival Tony.)

American Buffalo

Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?

The Duck Variations

Revenge of the Space Pandas

In the opening song of Fiddler on the Roof, the town takes two sides of an argument about a piece of livestock sold to a villager. One said says it was one animal, the others say it was another. Name those two animals.

Chicken and Goose

Milk cow and Bull

Chicken and Rooster

Horse and Mule

In 1937, the Theatre Guild produced a British comedy about a dog that became involved in a court case. The New York production changed the play's title to include the dog's name. Can you name the play?

Jacobowsky and the Colonel

Juarez and Maximilian

Storm Over Patsy

The Tidings Brought to Mary

The 1961 play Rhinoceros required leading actor, Zero Mostel, to impersonate this beast. Mostel won a Tony Award for his performance. Who wrote the play?

Samuel Beckett

Albert Camus

Eugene Ionesco

Jean Paul Sartre

This actor starred alongside Annaleigh Ashford and Matthew Broderick in the 2015 play Sylvia.

Robert Sella

Robert Fairchild

Fran Kranz

Byron Jennings

We’ll let you have a do-over.

Okay, so you thought The Elephant Man was about an elephant trainer. Channel the excellent memory of an elephant and try again.

You are well-trained.

You're not a Dumb Dog at all! You know your fair share of theatre history and still keep your paw on the pulse of today’s zoo of a theatre scene.

Animal Ally

You know your theatre and your animals! If it were possible to take your cat to Cats with you, you definitely would.

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