What is It: a Book, Musical or Both?

It’s a well known fact that many musical, both on the West End and Broadway have been inspired by books. From Stephen King’s Carrie to Alice Walker’s The Color Purple to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, musical creators have been influenced by these novels for decades. Many of these book to musical adaptations have been some of the most successful in history.

How well do you know your musical and books? Would you be able to correctly identify which is a book, a musical or both? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by taking this quiz!

It’s a well known fact that many musical, both on the West End and Broadway have been inspired by books. From Stephen King’s Carrie to Alice Walker’s The Color Purple to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, musical creators have been influenced by these novels for decades. Many of these book to musical adaptations have been some of the most successful in history.

How well do you know your musical and books? Would you be able to correctly identify which is a book, a musical or both? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by taking this quiz!

Based on the life of an American Founding Father, what is Hamilton; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Hamilton is a musical about one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. It is based on the novel, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

Hamilton is a musical about one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. It is based on the novel, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

The Producers tells the story of two producers who scheme to get rich. What is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

The Producers is a musical based on a 1967 film with the same name. The show has been on Broadway since 2001 and has won 12 Tony Awards.

The Producers is a musical based on a 1967 film with the same name. The show has been on Broadway since 2001 and has won 12 Tony Awards.

Elphaba and Glinda the Good Witch are just two characters from Wicked. What is it, a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Wicked is a Broadway novel based on the 1995 novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Both were based on L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Wicked is a Broadway novel based on the 1995 novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Both were based on L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The Great Gatsby is about the interactions of the mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby. What is it, a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel written about the mysterious Jay Gatsby. In the film adaptation, Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the role of the character.

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel written about the mysterious Jay Gatsby. In the film adaptation, Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the role of the character.

Mary Poppins follows the life of a magical nanny. Is it a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Mary Poppins is a series of children’s books written by P.L. Travers. The books were subsequently adapted into a movie series as well as a stage musical.

Mary Poppins is a series of children’s books written by P.L. Travers. The books were subsequently adapted into a movie series as well as a stage musical.

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway starred in the film adaptation of Les Misérables, but what was it before? A book, musical, or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Les Misérables is a French novel written by Victor Hugo in 1862. The novel has since been adapted into a musical and movie.

Les Misérables is a French novel written by Victor Hugo in 1862. The novel has since been adapted into a musical and movie.

Produced by Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino, what was The Book of Mormon; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

The Book of Mormon is a musical play that is a satirical examination of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s beliefs. The show has since won nine Tony Awards.

The Book of Mormon is a musical play that is a satirical examination of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s beliefs. The show has since won nine Tony Awards.

The Catcher in the Rye is one of the best critically acclaimed works of our time. What is it; a book, musical, or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J. D. Salinger which was released in 1951. The novel has been included on several top 100 lists.

The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J. D. Salinger which was released in 1951. The novel has been included on several top 100 lists.

What is Arthur Laurents’ West Side Story; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

West Side Story is a musical that was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It has been adapted into a film that is set to be released in 2021.

West Side Story is a musical that was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It has been adapted into a film that is set to be released in 2021.

The Phantom of the Opera follows an obsessed musical genius living beneath a Paris Opera House. What is it, a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

The Phantom of the Opera is a 1986 musical based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel with the same name. It is currently the longest-running show in Broadway’s history.

The Phantom of the Opera is a 1986 musical based on Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel with the same name. It is currently the longest-running show in Broadway’s history.

Ulysses chronicles the life of Leopold Bloom. What is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Ulysses is a James Joyce novel about the exploits of traveler Leopold Bloom. The book was published in 1922 and is said to establish parallels between it and Homer’s poem Odyssey.

Ulysses is a James Joyce novel about the exploits of traveler Leopold Bloom. The book was published in 1922 and is said to establish parallels between it and Homer’s poem Odyssey.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory follows the adventures of Charlie Bucket and an eccentric chocolatier. What is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a children’s novel that has been adapted into two films and a musical on the West End.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a children’s novel that has been adapted into two films and a musical on the West End.

Anna Karenina is centered around the extramarital affairs of the title character. What is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Anna Karenina is a 1878 novel by the author Leo Tolstoy. The novel has been adapted into a ballet, movie, opera and radio drama.

Anna Karenina is a 1878 novel by the author Leo Tolstoy. The novel has been adapted into a ballet, movie, opera and radio drama.

Everyone knows about the Disney film, but what else is Aladdin? Is it a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Aladdin is a Broadway musical that is based on the 1992 animated Disney film with the same name. They are both based on the folk tale, Arabian Nights found in One Thousand and One Nights.

Aladdin is a Broadway musical that is based on the 1992 animated Disney film with the same name. They are both based on the folk tale, Arabian Nights found in One Thousand and One Nights.

Kinky Boots Is inspired by the mostly true events of Charlie Price. What is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Kinky Boots is a musical based on the 2005 British film with the same name. Both are inspired by the true events of Charlie Price, a man who inherits a shoe factory from his father.

Kinky Boots is a musical based on the 2005 British film with the same name. Both are inspired by the true events of Charlie Price, a man who inherits a shoe factory from his father.

Cats follows the lives of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles. What is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Cats is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the 1939 poetry collection, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The London production ran over 21 years.

Cats is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the 1939 poetry collection, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The London production ran over 21 years.

Creator Gabriel Garcia Márquez won several awards for One Hundred Years of Solitude. What was it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a 1967 novel by Gabriel García Márquez. It was reported that Netflix was adapting the novel into a series.

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a 1967 novel by Gabriel García Márquez. It was reported that Netflix was adapting the novel into a series.

Chicago was set in the Jazz Age. What was it, a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Chicago is an American musical that is based on a 1926 play with the same name. The show ran on Broadway from 1975 to 1977 and was revived in 1996.

Chicago is an American musical that is based on a 1926 play with the same name. The show ran on Broadway from 1975 to 1977 and was revived in 1996.

Adapted into film several times, what was Stephen King’s Carrie? Was it a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Carrie is a musical based on Stephen King’s 1974 novel with the same name. The musical premiered in the United Kingdom in 1988.

Carrie is a musical based on Stephen King’s 1974 novel with the same name. The musical premiered in the United Kingdom in 1988.

Matilda has been adapted into several films, but what else is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Mathilda is a Roald Dahl children’s book that was published in 1988. Not only was it adapted into a film in 1996, but it was also made into a musical on the West End.

Mathilda is a Roald Dahl children’s book that was published in 1988. Not only was it adapted into a film in 1996, but it was also made into a musical on the West End.

Moby Dick is told from the perspective of Ishmael the sailor. What is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Moby Dick, also called The Whale, is a novel written by Herman Melville in 1851. The book has been adapted into several films and shows.

Moby Dick, also called The Whale, is a novel written by Herman Melville in 1851. The book has been adapted into several films and shows.

Set a few years after Harry Potter went to Hogwarts is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. What kind of work is this?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part play that is based on J.K Rowling’s novel with the same name. It is a continuation of the Harry Potter series that was last written in 2006.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part play that is based on J.K Rowling’s novel with the same name. It is a continuation of the Harry Potter series that was last written in 2006.

Moulin Rouge is actually a cabaret in Paris France. What else is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Moulin Rouge is a 2001 jukebox musical about a young English writer who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge. It is based on the 2001 film with the same name.

Moulin Rouge is a 2001 jukebox musical about a young English writer who falls in love with the star of the Moulin Rouge. It is based on the 2001 film with the same name.

Cabaret is set in 1930 Berlin during the waning days of the Weimar Republic. What is it, a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Cabaret is a 1966 musical that is based on John Van Druten’s I Am a Camera play, which in turn was adapted from the novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood.

Cabaret is a 1966 musical that is based on John Van Druten’s I Am a Camera play, which in turn was adapted from the novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood.

The Invisible Man follows scientist Griffin who renders himself invisible. What is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

The Invisible Man is a science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells. The book was adapted into a film in 1933 with Gloria Stuart and again in 2020 with actress Elisabeth Moss.

The Invisible Man is a science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells. The book was adapted into a film in 1933 with Gloria Stuart and again in 2020 with actress Elisabeth Moss.

The Secret Garden has been adapted into several films from the time that it was created. What is it, a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

The Secret Garden is a novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett which was first published in 1911. The film was adapted for stage over 80 years after the book’s release.

The Secret Garden is a novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett which was first published in 1911. The film was adapted for stage over 80 years after the book’s release.

What is RENT; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

RENT is a rock musical that is loosely based on the 1896 opera La Bohème. During its 12-year run on Broadway, it grossed over $280 million.

RENT is a rock musical that is loosely based on the 1896 opera La Bohème. During its 12-year run on Broadway, it grossed over $280 million.

Doctor Zhivago was adapted into a film in 1965. What else it is, a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Doctor Zhivago is a 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak. Apart from being adapted into a film, it was also adapted into a musical in 2006.

Doctor Zhivago is a 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak. Apart from being adapted into a film, it was also adapted into a musical in 2006.

Great Expectations details the life of an orphan named Pip. What kind of work is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Great Expectations is a novel written by Charles Dickens. It tells the story of an orphan named Pip who comes into a large fortune by a mysterious benefactor.

Great Expectations is a novel written by Charles Dickens. It tells the story of an orphan named Pip who comes into a large fortune by a mysterious benefactor.

The Lion King is a classic Disney animated film, but what else is it?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

The Lion King is a 1994 animated Disney film that is influenced by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In 1997, the film was adapted into a musical.

The Lion King is a 1994 animated Disney film that is influenced by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In 1997, the film was adapted into a musical.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been adapted into several films. What else is it?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a 1957 novel written by children’s author, Dr. Seuss. The novel has been adapted into two films and a musical.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a 1957 novel written by children’s author, Dr. Seuss. The novel has been adapted into two films and a musical.

Mamma Mia became extremely popular with the 2008 film adaptation. What was it before?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Mamma Mia! Is a jukebox musical based on the songs of the Swedish pop group, ABBA. The West End and Broadway musical was adapted into a film in2008.

Mamma Mia! Is a jukebox musical based on the songs of the Swedish pop group, ABBA. The West End and Broadway musical was adapted into a film in2008.

Animal Farm tells the story of a pig named Napoleon. What is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Animal Farm is a George Orwell novel that was first published in 1945. The book is a play on the events of the Russian Revolution of 1917 but with farm animals.

Animal Farm is a George Orwell novel that was first published in 1945. The book is a play on the events of the Russian Revolution of 1917 but with farm animals.

What is I, Claudius?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

I, Claudius is a historical novel about the Roman Emperor Claudius. The novel was published in 1934 and was adapted into a television series in 1976.

I, Claudius is a historical novel about the Roman Emperor Claudius. The novel was published in 1934 and was adapted into a television series in 1976.

The King and I tells the story of governess Anna Leon-Owens and King Mongkut of Siam. What is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

The King and I is a musical produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein. It is based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam which in turn is based on the memoirs of Anna Leonowens.

The King and I is a musical produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein. It is based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam which in turn is based on the memoirs of Anna Leonowens.

What other form of media has Disney’s Beauty and the Beast been adapted into?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Beauty and the Beas is a musical that is adapted from Walt Disney World’s 1991 animated film with the same name. The film is based on a classic French fairytale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

Beauty and the Beas is a musical that is adapted from Walt Disney World’s 1991 animated film with the same name. The film is based on a classic French fairytale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

Jersey Boys tells the story of the rock ‘n’ roll group, The Four Seasons. What is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Jersey Boys is a 2005 jukebox musical about the rock ‘n’ roll group, The Four Seasons. The musical ran from 2005 to 2017 and was the inspiration for the 2014 film.

Jersey Boys is a 2005 jukebox musical about the rock ‘n’ roll group, The Four Seasons. The musical ran from 2005 to 2017 and was the inspiration for the 2014 film.

Everyone has seen the singing Von Trapps in The Sound of Music film, but what else is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

The Sound of Music is a musical based on Maria von Trapp’s memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. The 1965 film came later on.

The Sound of Music is a musical based on Maria von Trapp’s memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. The 1965 film came later on.

Miss Saigon is based on the opera Madame Butterfly; what else is it?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Miss Saigon is a musical that is based on Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 opera, Madame Butterfly. The musical opened on Broadway in 1991

Miss Saigon is a musical that is based on Giacomo Puccini’s 1904 opera, Madame Butterfly. The musical opened on Broadway in 1991

Mrs. Dalloway details the life of a high-society woman, Clarissa Dalloway/ What is it; a book, musical or both?

  • Book
  • Musical
  • Both

Mrs. Dalloway is a Virginia Woolf novel that tells the story of Clarissa Dalloway, a high-society woman living in post- First World War. The book has been listed as one of Time’s 100 best novels.

Mrs. Dalloway is a Virginia Woolf novel that tells the story of Clarissa Dalloway, a high-society woman living in post- First World War. The book has been listed as one of Time’s 100 best novels.

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