Final Jeopardy: Musical Theatre

The Final Jeopardy question (3/30/2017) in the category “Musical Theatre” was:

One of the world’s longest-running musicals, in 2015 it celebrated “30 Years of Revolution!”

2x champ Julie Brannon brought her winnings up to $47,200 yesterday. Today she is up against these two players: Eric Vernon, from Ottawa, Ontario; and Brook North, from Raleigh, NC.

Round 1 Categories: A Visit to the CIA – Tool Time – The Original Language – They Come in Fours – Dead but Still Earning in 2016 – One Direction

Eric found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “Original Language” under the $800 clue on the 13th pick of the round. He was in second place with $2,400, $1,000 less than Julie’s lead. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

The Diary of Anne Frank. show

Julie and Eric finished in a tie for the lead with $7,400 each. Brook was next with $3,000.

Round 2 Categories: “I” on the World – Female TV Cops – Pen Names – Microsoft Word – Has Good Bones – Needs Some Work

Eric found the first Daily Double in “‘I’ on the World” under the $2,000 clue on the 6th pick. He was in the lead with $8,600 at this point, $1,200 more than Julie in second place. He bet $2,600 and he was RIGHT.

This capital of the Tyrol province hosted the 1964 & 1976 Winter Olympics. show

Eric found the last Daily Double in “Has Good Bones” under the $1,600 clue on the 14th pick. He was in the lead with $13,600 when he found it but he got dinged on a reversal (see below). That dropped him to down to $12,000 but he still had the lead with $1,400 more than Julie in second place. He bet $2,000 and he was RIGHT.

Ossicles, the tiny auditory bones, are the stirrup, the hammer & this one aka the incus. show

Julie finished in the lead with $15,400. Eric was next with $14,800 and Brook was in third place with $3,000.

ALL of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


On the official website for the London musical, it says the original London production celebrated its 30th anniversary on 8 October 2015, and on the Facts & Figures page: “The London production of Les Miserables is the world’s longest running musical where it played 7,602 performances at the Palace Theatre before transferring to the Queen’s Theatre where it opened on 3th April 2004.”

Brook bet $2,399 bet. He finished with $5,399.

Eric bet $12,000, finishing with $26,800.

Julie only bet $7,500, bringing her score up to $22,900, not enough to beat Eric so he is the new Jeopardy! champ.

Final Jeopardy (3/30/2017) Julie Brannon, Brook North, Eric Vernon

Reversal: FEMALE COPS ($800) Her experience as Det. Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: SVU” led her to start a nonprofit group to help victims of assault.
Eric’s answer of Mariska Hartigay was initially accepted but reversed because her last name is really Hargitay.

Two $1600 triple stumpers from Double Jeopardy!

FEMALE COPS: As the LAPD’s leading homicide interrogator, she was “The Closer” of the title

PEN NAMES: This bestselling romance author also writes futuristic crime novels as J.D. Robb

2 years ago: ALL of the players got this FJ in “National Historic Landmarks”

50 years after San Francisco’s cable cars became a National Historic Landmark, this city’s street railway got the designation in 2014. show

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8 Responses

  1. Dalton Higbee says:

    The interview from Brooks was so weird and funny!

  2. Kevin S. says:

    The wagers were a bit surprising. Upcoming contestants watch from the audience, so it’s possible Eric may have noticed Julie’s FJ wagering in her previous wins and factored that in to his calculations. Would be interesting to know his thought process.

  3. Lou says:

    I can;t believe Julie didn’t bet more than 7000 dollars when she had the opportunity to do so. Also VJ do you know if Cats was another long running musical that celebrated their anniversary just like Les Mis? How long was the Cats musical going on?

    • VJ says:

      Yes, that was a darn shame. I already had a bad feeling about the end when Julie threw her lead away with a bad guess on the second from last clue, worth $2K. She got it back on the last clue but… well, you know what happened.

      Look on wikipedia’s list of longest running musicals. It puts Cats at No. 4

      LINK: 9 more clues from this match

  4. Richard Corliss says:

    So much for that pronunciation, huh?

  5. VJ says:

    Well, so much for my assumption that the leader will win. @Myron, shows what I know ;)