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May 8, 2015

The 2015 Broadway University Final Exam

Musicals have always been consumed with time. Time signatures, curtain time, A TIME FOR SINGING. GOODTIME CHARLEY, “As Time Goes By” (which originated in a musical and not CASABLANCA), and TOO MANY GIRLS’ “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was.”

But lyricists have long known what time it’s been in the lines they’ve written for musicals. Here we have some ranging from 1943 to 2014 in our 2015 Broadway University Final Exam.

You’re to identify the names of songs and shows from which these lyrics or lines came. To help you along, the selections are arranged chronologically in terms of their original opening dates on or off-Broadway.

Send your answers to The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Again -- 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19.
Now you can’t say “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was.”

1. “Have your fun, go out on the town, stay up late and don’t come home till three.”

2. “Twenty-four hours can go so fast. You look around; the day has passed.”

3. “But now I’ll not see her again -- especially not in the glen at ten.”

4. “Busy! Busy! I’m busy as a bee. I start the day at half-past one.”

5. “But what do you do at quarter-to-two with only a shrew to kiss?”

6. “The dark time: a couple of deals before dawn.”

7. “The alarm clock rings. It’s six a.m. And then right there in bed I shave.”

8. “Be polite . Say ‘Goodnight.’ You should be in bed at ten.”

9. “I fizz for the lady who knows what time it is.”

10. “Out of the house ten seconds and I miss him.”

11. “To go to a fancy nightclub and stay out after ten.”

12. “What time is the train? It is late. It is early. It’s running on schedule. It’s here. It has gone.”

13. “Well, here it is, five p.m. The finish of a long day’s work.”

14. “Don’t forget I’ve had some wine and nothing to eat since noon.”

15. “She closed the store at nine p.m. Arrived home nine-fifteen. Dressed and left at ten-thirty.”

16. “I pity them both. She’ll live with him three weeks, and when three weeks are up, I’ll come to her by night.”

17. “Remember: no breakfast after half-past nine.”

18. “Who is she who plays the clown? Is she out each night till three?”

19. HE: “I could save you tonight at eight.” SHE: “Tonight at eight would be too late.”

20. HE: “We made out under the dock.” SHE: “We stayed out till ten o’clock.”

21. “Give me a night that’s romantic and long, then give me a month to get ready.”

22. “Pack my quiver and bow … at exactly two-thirty we go.”

23. “Then Jean Harlow at seven, Mae West at eleven.”

24. “We start lovin’ when the sun is high from a quarter to two to a quarter to three.”

25. “New York in 16 hours. Anything can happen in those 16 hours.”

26. “I’m home about eight; just me and my radio.”

27. “A tower of strength, a center of power at ten bucks an hour.”

28. “Spiritual leader of the nation entered immortality at 20:25 hours today.”

29. “From morning until twilight, I don’t know I’m alive. But I know life begins at eight-forty-five.”

30. “Double Cupp is home-cooked heaven. Sunday breakfast six to eleven.”

31. “A prayer we never learned sung in Latin, then a midday nap in a makeshift bed.”

32. “As you’re posing for a picture after getting up at seven to come over to an island.”

33. “Bring me these before the chime of midnight.”

34. “God, once, just once I wanted to sneak in and diddle the clocks
so we’d go on the air five minutes early so America would see the show before the show.”

35. “I guess it was five a.m. A homicide had been reported.”

36. “If I had somehow stopped the clock six weeks ago, somehow had frozen time right there.”

37. “December 24. Nine p.m. Eastern Standard Time.”

38. “About two-fifteen to a quarter to three, if you could maybe swing by, honey.”

39. “I was dressed at seven, but you arrived at eight. And you were never late again.”

40. “And sleep till half-past two.”

41. “Sitting in the computer lab four a.m. before the final paper is due.”

42. “We’re born every night at half-hour call.”

43. “Don’t mind him. He’s all excited ‘cuz Nina flew in at three a.m. last night.”

44. “Listen, call me back when you hear this. I’ll be here for half an hour.”

45. “Like when you’re serving eight to ten.”

46. “Tell ‘em I can set their children straight. Tell ‘em I can help keep off the weight. Tell ‘em that tonight right here at eight.”

47. “Finally, after two eons and 59 minutes, the Parker Boys were next in line to climb Mount Olympus.”

48. “It’s two a.m., and I’m drunk again. It’s three a.m., and I’m drunk again. It’s four a.m.”

49. “And the labor’s 18 hours! Oh, my God, kid -- move your ass.”

50. “He’s usually here around half-past three and I’m a hungry girl, you see.”

         — Peter Filichia



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