Here’s a quiz both for fans of the musical theater and those who enjoy word puzzles. The task is to change one letter in the title to create a new (perhaps preposterous) show. The correct title is in parentheses and answers are at the end of the column.
Young urban bohemians complain about their lot in life. (“Rent”)
Critics blasted this musical version of the Robert Louis Stevenson horror story, but producers had deep pockets when it came to advertising. (“Jekyll & Hyde”)
Stephen Sondheim showed his skill for clever rhymes in this fantasy-based musical. (“Into the Woods”)
Producer Mike Todd believed a musical without jokes or girls had little chance of success. This musical about Oklahoma’s favorite son had plenty of both. (“The Will Rogers Follies”)
This fictional character tires of weaving inescapable webs and opts for marriage and family. (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”)
A talented young performer makes the audition rounds, but her quirky personality works against her. (“Funny Girl”)
These well-dressed ladies spend their leisure time shopping for upscale kitchen tools. (“Sophisticated Ladies”)
A snobbish young French girl hopes to find a husband in New Orleans. (“Naughty Marietta”)
Seeking new venues for their act, some accomplished dancers from Argentina try their luck at a Hawaiian resort. (“Forever Tango”)
This Wild West sharpshooter pays a few too many visits to the local bar. (“Annie Get Your Gun”)
Gold prospectors argue over the ownership of a covered wagon. (“Paint Your Wagon”)
Factory workers seek a pay raise in this musical about making hats. (“The Pajama Game”)
Emotional women seek to even the score in this musical about climbing the corporate ladder. (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”)
Twin actors discover that audiences can be hostile. (“The Boys From Syracuse”)
In this remake of a classic American musical, the cast finds the show’s revised lyrics immensely challenging. (“Ragtime”)
He’s a writer; she’s a fashion model. They discover on their honeymoon that their accommodations leave much to be desired. (“No Strings”)
A honky-tonk piano player keeps close tabs on his stash of breakfast condiments. (“Jelly’s Last Jam”)
These young hookers always keep a cell phone with them in case they get into trouble. (“Call Me Madam”)
A criminal who manages to stay one step ahead of federal agents decides to become a Chippendale. (“Catch Me If You Can”)
This title character has a hankering for a tasty addition to his salad. (“Fela!”)
A city worker earns a not-so-attractive nickname. (“Tarzan”).
These amphibians are inspired by music. (“The Frogs”).
Rant, Jekyll & Hype, Into the Words, The Will Rogers Fillies, Kids of the Spider Woman, Funky Girl, Sophisticated Ladles, Haughty Marietta, Forever Mango, Annie Get Your Gin, Taint Your Wagon, The Panama Game, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying, The Boos From Syracuse, Raptime, No Springs, Jelly’s Lost Jam, Call My Madam, Watch Me If You Can, Feta!, Tarman, The Frugs.