Final Jeopardy: Musical Theatre

The Final Jeopardy question (1/25/2013) in the category “Musical Theatre” was:

Before this show hit Broadway in 1964, one of its working titles was “The Luckiest People.”

2-day champ Joshua Brakhage is up to $40,006 in winnings. Will he be taking that home or adding to it today? That depends on how he fares against these two players: Sean Link, originally from Terryville, CT and Lauren Thomas, originally from Owensboro, KY.

Joshua found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Dem Bones.” He was in the lead with $5,600, $1,000 more than Sean in second place. He bet $1,400 and he was RIGHT.

Because it supports the head, the topmost vertebra is called this, also the name of a mythical giant.
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Joshua finished in the lead with $7,800. Sean was second with $5,600 and Lauren was last with $3,400.

Joshua found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “small state capitals.” He was in the lead with $10,600, $4,200 more than Sean in second place. He bet $4,400. Not being from the East Coast, he floundered and guessed Boise. That was WRONG.

The completion of the DuPont Highway in 1924 was a catalyst in this capital’s growth.
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Sean found the last Daily Double in “Name the Poet.” He was in second place with $8,000, $5,800 behind Joshua’s lead. He bet $2,000. He would so have known this if he grew up half a century ago, but he didn’t so he guessed Keats. That was WRONG.

A tree that may in summer wear a nest of robins in her hair.
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Joshua finished in the lead with $14,600. Lauren was next with $9,800 and Sean was in third place with $7,600.

NONE of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.

WHAT IS “FUNNY GIRL”?

“The luckiest people in the world” is a line from Barbra Streisand’s 1964 hit song “People,” one of the musical numbers in the 1964 Broadway hit “Funny Girl,” in which she starred as Fanny Brice. The song is sometimes referred to as “People Who Need People.” Other working titles included “A Very Special Person” and “My Man” until David Merrick, who was supposed to have been the show’s co-producer, suggested “Funny Girl.” Broadway Musicals – Show by Show

Sean wrote down “Yentl.” Right star — in the 1983 film anyhow. He bet $2,000 and finished with $5,600.

Lauren just had a blank line, a very expensive blank line. It cost $9,799 so she finished with $1.

Joshua wrote down “The Rose”, a 1979 film (because we don’t think he meant the 1905 Broadway play). He bet $5,001 so he ended up with $9,599. Not another $20K payday, but he still won the game and has a chance for another big payday on Monday. Joshua’s 3-day total is $49,605.

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