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Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

December 19, 2020

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “Playbill” I posted a few days ago:

  1. Playbill exposed the way this show’s final scene is tastefully lit during those last few seconds when 6 guys bare all. – What is “The Full Monty?’
  2. What a record! Emanuel Azenberg has produced all of this writer’s plays since 1972’s “The Sunshine Boys.”. – Who is Neil Simon?
  3. Ellen Burstyn told Playbill she just wanted to wear “sequins like Betty Grable” till this method guru changed her life..  – Who is Lee Strasberg?
  4. This musical’s “American Dream” ended on B’way after 4,097 performances & a lot of helicopter flights.. – What is “Miss Saigon?”
  5. This playwright said that he’s “testing the limits of tolerance” with his new play about 4 people & a goat.  – Who is Edward Albee?

Typical of my Broadway knowledge, I got three correct; how did you do?

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

December 14, 2020

One of the categories on an old Jeopardy! episode which was replayed recently was “Playbill.”  Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each.  I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. Playbill exposed the way this show’s final scene is tastefully lit during those last few seconds when 6 guys bare all.
  2. What a record! Emanuel Azenberg has produced all of this writer’s plays since 1972’s “The Sunshine Boys.”.
  3. Ellen Burstyn told Playbill she just wanted to wear “sequins like Betty Grable” till this method guru changed her life..
  4. This musical’s “American Dream” ended on B’way after 4,097 performances & a lot of helicopter flights..
  5. This playwright said that he’s “testing the limits of tolerance” with his new play about 4 people & a goat.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Will Be Lighted Tonight!

December 2, 2020

The annual celebration surrounding the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center will indeed happen tonight.  A little about the tree first: it’s a 75-foot high, 11-ton Norway spruce that had been growing in Oneonta, NY.  It’s been decorated with more than five miles of lights (50,000 bulbs) which with the Swarovski Crystal star on top (that contains 3 million crystals and weighs 900 pounds!) are the only decorations.  After the holidays, the tree is recycled and provided to Habitat for Humanity to build homes for the needy.

Like many other events, this year’s lighting will be different, with no public access to the lighting.  The lighting will broadcast from 8-10 tonight on NBC and be hosted by Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Craig Melvin, with special performances on many NBC affiliates for an hour before the broadcast.  So sit back and enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know Broadway?

November 19, 2020

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “Broadway Debuts” I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. He made his Broadway debut in 2003 as Peter Allen in “The Boy from Oz.”. – Who is Hugh Jackman?
  2. Natalie Portman was still a teen herself when she debuted in “The Diary of” this real-life teen. – Who is Anne Frank?
  3. Katharine McPhee served up a fine performance as server and pie-maker Jenna in this musical..  – What is “Waitress?”
  4. In 2016 Saoirse Ronan made her debut as the accusatory Abigail Williams in this Salem-set play. – What is “The Crucible?”
  5. Better known for the film role, he made his Broadway debut as Frank ‘n’ Furter in “The Rocky Horror Show”, panned by critics.  – Who is Tim Curry?

Typical of my Broadway knowledge, I got three correct; how did you do?

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know Broadway?

November 6, 2020

One of the categories on a recent Jeopardy! episode was “Broadway Debuts.”  Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each.  I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. He made his Broadway debut in 2003 as Peter Allen in “The Boy from Oz.”
  2. Natalie Portman was still a teen herself when she debuted in “The Diary of” this real-life teen.
  3. Katharine McPhee served up a fine performance as server and pie-maker Jenna in this musical..
  4. In 2016 Saoirse Ronan made her debut as the accusatory Abigail Williams in this Salem-set play.
  5. Better known for the film role, he made his Broadway debut as Frank ‘n’ Furter in “The Rocky Horror Show”, panned by critics.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Questions to How Well Do You Know NYC?

October 19, 2020

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! answers in the category “A Borough Burial” I posted a couple of weeks ago:

  1. Cornelius Vanderbilt, long-time owner of the ferry named for this borough, rests in an elegant mausoleum there. – What is Staten Island?
  2. Quarantined on an island nearby from 1915 on, she was buried in the Bronx when she died in 1938. – Who is Typhoid Mary?
  3. This 1890s NYC mayor said, “The idea of leaving Manhattan permanently irritates me,” so he rests near 153rd & Amsterdam.  – Who is Ed Koch?
  4. In 2002 mobster John Gotti was given an elaborate send-off in this borough whose Howard Beach neighborhood he called home. – What is Queens?
  5. Unlike the Dodgers, this man for whom their ballpark was named is a permanent of Brooklyn.  – Who is Ebbets?

With a little luck I got all of them correct; how did you do?

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

The Lincoln Highway

October 4, 2020

You may have never heard of it, but the Lincoln Highway was created in 1913 as the first highway – but it’s not one road; rather it’s a series of roads – to cross America, from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, with an original distance of just under 3400 miles.  Today it’s closer to 3100 miles and follows about a dozen major highways, including US Route 30 in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming.  I’ve been on parts of it (now that I know what it is, I can say that), but haven’t traveled the entire length.

And you can see so many unique sites along the way (you’ll find markers such as above in many places), including:

  • A statue of a seated Abraham Lincoln in Newark, New Jersey, completed in 1911 by Gutzon Borglum, who also created Mount Rushmore.
  • The Haines Shoe House in Hellam, Pennsylvania, which was built in 1948 and is 48 feet long and 25 feet high.
  • Tree Rock in Buford, Wyoming, literally a tree growing in a rock in the middle of Interstate 80.
  • The arch welcoming you into Reno, Nevada, “The Biggest Little City in the World.”
  • The Cliff House in San Francisco, built from salvaged lumber in 1858 and today housing restaurants, a gift shop, and an observation deck.

So when it’s safe, get out and see it!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

How Well Do You Know NYC?

September 25, 2020

One of the categories on a recent Jeopardy! episode was “A Borough Burial.”  Here are the answers; just come up with the correct question for each.  I’ll give those questions in a future post:

  1. Cornelius Vanderbilt, long-time owner of the ferry named for this borough, rests in an elegant mausoleum there.
  2. Quarantined on an island nearby from 1915 on, she was buried in the Bronx when she died in 1938.
  3. This 1890s NYC mayor said, “The idea of leaving Manhattan permanently irritats me,” so he rests near 153rd & Amsterdam.
  4. In 2002 mobster John Gotti was given an elaborate send-off in this borough whose Howard Beach neighborhood he called home.
  5. Unlike the Dodgers, this man for whom their ballpark was named is a permanent of Brooklyn.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

New York Then and Now

September 19, 2020

I’ve seen books which contain photos of New York City, comparing past with present images.  In fact, I have one but couldn’t think of a way to share it in my blog.  But I recently found a video of the same thing, and offer it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOEYtEkmg-M&t=126s.  It’s worth a look – enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale

The Statues of Central Park – the Answers

September 13, 2020

Here are the questions to the Jeopardy! episode from last month:

  1. Who is Christopher Columbus? (This statue is in the lower section of Central Park; there is another at Columbus Circle just outside the park.)
  2. Who is Hans Christian Andersen? (The statue is sitting on a granite bench in the Great Lawn section of the park.)
  3. Who is Samuel F.B. Morse? (The statue is inside the park at Inventor’s Gate, Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street.)
  4. Who is Duke Ellington? (The statue is in the north end of the park, near 100th Street, and is 25 feet tall.)
  5. Who is Sherman (The statue and plaza are at 60th Street)

So there’s a lot more to Central Park than paths and joggers, so enjoy!  [If you’re really feeling energetic, make it a walking tour of these five statues – it’ll be about five miles.]

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

https://www.amazon.com/author/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head

Death Under Jones Beach (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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