10 fun Broadway trivia facts

Thank God Stephen Sondheim didn't continue with that math degree....

1. That infamous chandelier in Phantom of the Opera is made up of 6,000 beads.

2. The Australian Jewish Punk Band "Yidcore" re-covered a version of the score of Fiddler on the Roof, titled "Fiddlin' on Ya Roof."

3. When Sutton Foster was 15, she was a finalist to make the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club, but didn't make the final cut.

4. In 1967, Ethel Merman guest starred on Batman as the villianous "Lola Lasagne."

5. When Carousel opened for tryouts in 1945, it contained a ballet that lasted an hour and fifteen minutes, plus a second act that didn't end until 1:30 in the morning.

6. Man of La Mancha has productions in 9 different dialects of Spanish.

7. The "School Edition" of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber provides stage directions that make sure none of the murder scenes occur onstage.

8. In almost every professional production of Les Miserables, the actress who plays Fantine also plays a "bullet boy" in the second act.

9. Composer Stephen Sondheim originally intended to pursue mathematics in college.

10. Tony award winner Norbert Leo Butz met his future wife while working on the original Broadway production of Wicked; he was Fiyero and she was Nessa Rose.