QUIZ: Which Muse Are You?

Famous paintings over the years are filled with lovely female models. They convey strength, beauty, and- in some cases- mystery. Who is this muse? Why is she portrayed in this light? I can’t give you a definitive answer to those questions, but I can at least offer this quiz to help you determine which portrait you best embody. Be sure to share your results in the comments!

1. If I were an animal, I’d probably be a…

A. Lion B. Squirrel C. Fish D. Domestic house cat

2. My favorite accessory is…

A. Gold chain B. Colored scarf C. Earrings D. Ribbon headband

3. In photos, I often look…

A. Angry B. Relaxed C. Shy D. Bored

4. I could see my muse living in…

A. Italy B. Poland C. The Netherlands D. New York City

5. A lot of my friends are…

A. Dead B. Animals C. Older than me D. Wealthy

RESULTS

If you picked mostly A’s…you’re Judith Slaying Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi!

If you picked mostly B’s…you’re Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci!

If you picked mostly C’s…you’re Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer!

If you picked mostly D’s…you’re Countess d’Haussonville by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres!

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(Source: The Frick Collection App)

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The 2016-2017 Broadway Decision Generator

At the encouragement of some friends at a recent party, I’ve decided to help out non-thespians by creating an algorithm (sort of) to determine which musical they should catch in the coming season. I think it’s a pretty self-explanatory system. Please comment with the show you got so I can gauge my generator’s effectiveness.

FIVE SIMPLE STEPS

  1. Do you prefer a comedy or a drama?
  2. A lot of singing or a lot of dancing?
  3. A mostly original plot or one based on a classic story?
  4. How about a period piece or something modern?
  5. Finally, do you want to see a star or a newbie?

Now, find your show below based on the combination of answers you chose!

COMEDY, DANCING, ORIGINAL, MODERN, NEWBIE: Cats

COMEDY, DANCING, CLASSIC, PERIOD, NEWBIE: Holiday Inn

COMEDY, DANCING, CLASSIC, PERIOD, STAR: Hello Dolly!

DRAMA, SINGING, CLASSIC, MODERN, NEWBIE: Miss Saigon

DRAMA, SINGING, ORIGINAL, MODERN, NEWBIE: Dear Evan Hansen

COMEDY, SINGING, CLASSIC, PERIOD, STAR: Amelie

DRAMA, SINGING, ORIGINAL,  PERIOD, STAR: The Bandstand

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Pop Quiz!

Just what you wanted on a Monday morning, right?! It’s like high school all over again!

What do these three religious figures all have in common?

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Answer to come with this week’s main entry. Also *points* please fill out the Fanciullas survey that I’ve linked to; it will take you literally a couple of minutes but will give me great feedback on how the blog is doing.

Puccini’s Chronicles STYLE: Are you more a Carmen or Micaela?

The two leading ladies of Bizet’s Carmen serve as dramatic foils to one another in the story. Come to think of it, they’re really not both leading ladies, are they? This is Carmen’s show, one of the few tour-de-forces for an operatic mezzo, and the soprano (Micaela) finally takes a backseat.

Nonetheless, both women are archetypal love interests for Don Jose- Micaela is his virtuous fiancee, Carmen his alluring mistress. And although we know all too well what happens to Carmen in the end, Micaela’s story is left unfinished; we last see her going out to search for Don Jose and taking him home to visit his dying mother- and that’s it. Dramatically, you could argue that it really doesn’t matter; the Don-Carmen-Escamillo love triangle is more important than the Don-Carmen-Micaela one at that point. But I for one really liked Micaela’s character and her aria (“Je dis que rien ne m’epouvante”) and would have liked to see some more closure for her. But I digress…

Sorry men, this entry is for the ladies. Depending on how you answer the following questions, you’ll figure out how Carmen or Micaela your personal style is. Or maybe you’re a combination of both! Give yourself 1 point for every A and 3 points for every B you choose.

1. When I go for color, I’m partial to…
A. Blues
B. Reds

2. I would prefer to wear a dress adorned with…
A. Lace
B. Feathers

3. Shoes?
A. Practical flats for walking around.
B. Heels to show off my looks.

4. Hair accessory of choice?
A. A bow or ribbon.
B. A glittery headband.

5. Who is a better style icon?
A. Coco Chanel
B. Marilyn Monroe

RESULTS

If you scored between 5 and 8 points…your style is elegant and feminine, just like Micaela’s.

If you scored between 9 and 11 points…you like variety and flexibility in your fashion choices.

If you scored more than 11 points…your style is bold and flashy, just like Carmen’s.

QUIZ: Which Irving Berlin Hit is Your Theme Song?

A master of the Great American Songbook, Irving Berlin wrote everything from musical scores to popular songs that ranged in style from galloping uptempo to mournful ballad. Let’s face it, every composer has written at least one of our theme songs; so which did Berlin write just for you? You’ll know after you take this unique quiz. Don’t forget to share your results!

1. On a rainy day, I’ve been known to…
A. Dance
B. Think about my lost love
C. Plan for the next holiday
D. Listen to showtunes
E. Watch classic movies
F. Visit my significant other

2. If I attended a Gatsby party, I’d come dressed in…
A. A top hat
B. Black, blue, or purple
C. White or pink
D. Flashy garments
E. A neat suit or skirt
F. Feathers and beads

3. My favorite Broadway musical is…
A. Nice Work If You Can Get It
B. Les Miserables
C. She Loves Me
D. On the Twentieth Century
E. Chicago
F. Follies

4. My friends would say that I am…
A. Fun
B. Thoughtful
C. Cheerful
D. A bit of a drama queen
E. Classy
F. Bold

5. You’re at the bookstore and the novel title that catches your eye is…
A. The Tap Dancing Dog
B. Safe Haven
C. Honeymoons Take a Holiday
D. Lady Take the Stage
E. Back to Black
F. Beach Girls

6. Pick a performer, any performer…
A. Fred Astaire
B. Beatrice Arthur
C. Gene Kelly
D. Ethel Merman
E. Mel Brooks
F. Florenz Ziegfeld

RESULTS

If you picked mostly As, your theme song is “Cheek to Cheek!” First seen in the Fred Astaire movie Top Hat, this number is famous for proclaiming that one’s love is “so easy to dance with.”

If you picked mostly Bs, your theme song is “What’ll I Do!” This melancholy but beautiful ballad laments the recent loss of a love. It was famously covered by Bea Arthur in an episode of The Golden Girls.

If you picked mostly Cs, your theme song is “Easter Parade!” This bright song tells us that you’re like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, and you love going out and celebrating! May we write poetry about your Easter bonnet?

If you picked mostly Ds, your theme song is “There’s No Business Like Show Business!” Theatrical and a bit of a powerhouse, you are no shrinking violet. Have you considered auditioning for Annie Get Your Gun?

If you picked mostly Es, your theme song is “Puttin’ on the Ritz!” The epitome of both class and comedy, people love hanging around you! But avoid trying too hard to look like Gary Cooper. Love yourself for the dynamite that you are!

If you picked mostly Fs, your theme song is “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody!” Wow, you must be quite a sight to behold. This was the theme of the Ziegfeld Follies, so you’ve also got greatness in your blood. Get out there and show ’em!