7 Math Problems Only Musical Theatre People Can Solve! How Many Can You Do? | Playbill

News 7 Math Problems Only Musical Theatre People Can Solve! How Many Can You Do? As part of Playbill.com's Back to School week (#BwayBacktoSchool), we give you the opportunity to prove once and for all that musical theatre majors can, indeed, do math. (Have you ever seen a biochemist try to clap on one and five while stepping on four and eight?)

Here’s your math homework. Now, get to class!



1. (Trombones that led the big parade - Years that Berthe's known fears) + Kids Caroline's got = Times you get off at Saratoga

2. (Years Golde has washed Tevye's clothes x Months out of every year Meg is without Joe) - (Minutes New Rochelle is from Broadway - Guys named Moe) = Degrees in the Shade

3. (Bucks Mama Rose needs / Age when you live on Avenue Q) x (Dance score + Looks score) = Cats in the Beale's filthy house, according to The Hamptons Bee

4. (Days in the Emerald City / Singular Sensation) + (Hands you have to keep on the truck x Jumps Ahead you gotta keep) = Nobodies in New York

5. (Stories in a Kansas City skyscraper + Brides for brothers) - Ladies Beedle dee, dee dee dee = Inches of Audrey & Seymour’s big, enormous screen

6. (Hours of shore leave sailors have in New York! New York! - Years Rosie has wasted on Albert) – Leisl's age = Mostel

7. Where the underworld can meet the elite + Years that have come and gone at a tailor shop in Klimovich + Age of the dancing queen = Easy Ways to lose a man 

Click on through to the next page for an answer key, and check if you "sang" your math correctly!


. (76 - 66) + 4 = 14

2. (25 x 6) - (45 - 5) = 110

3. (88 / 22)  (10 + 3) = 52

4. (1 / 1) + (1 x 1) = 2

5. (7 + 7) - 2 = 12

6.  (24 - 8) - 16 = Zero

7. 42 + 41 + 17 = 100


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