History WhamLine / Theatre

5th Oct '17 2:17:27 PM Eievie
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** "You maintain he made a present of this silver-" "That is right."

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** "You When the priest is super supportive of Valjean
--->'''Police''': You
maintain he made a present of this silver-" "That silver--\\
'''Priest''': That
is right."



--->'''Grantaire''': "Drink with me to days gone by/Can it be you fear to die?/Will the world remember you when you fall/Can it be your death means nothing at all?"

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--->'''Grantaire''': "Drink Drink with me to days gone by/Can by\\
Can
it be you fear to die?/Will die?\\
Will
the world remember you when you fall/Can fall\\
Can
it be your death means nothing at all?"all?
20th Sep '17 9:21:46 PM PaulA
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* ''Theatre/BostonMarriage'' by Creator/DavidMamet: The play begins with Anna and Claire, best friends, exchanging news. Anna has become the mistress of a wealthy man who showers her with money and gifts, including an emerald necklace that has been in his family for generations; Claire has fallen in love with a young lady who will be calling shortly for an assignation. At the end of the first act, the young lady arrives, is greeted by both women, and goes off with Claire -- only for Claire to return almost immediately to announce an unforeseen complication with drastic consequences for both of them:
-->'''Claire:''' [[spoiler:She asks why you are wearing her mother's necklace.]]
20th Sep '17 9:20:08 PM PaulA
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** "I'm stepping down; I'm not running for President" from Washington. A ForegoneConclusion to the audience, but a major in-universe wham and the point where [[CerebusSyndrome everything starts going wrong for Hamilton]]. It also counts as a wham for real-life politics; as King George points out in his next song, the idea of a leader ''voluntarily'' relinquishing power was unheard of in those days, especially when one knows that Washington was so popular at the time that he could've declared himself PresidentForLife and almost nobody would've opposed him. There's a reason historians commonly rank this as among the most important political decisions ''ever made''.



** In-universe, it's ''quite'' a shock to all present (especially Javert) when Monsieur le Mayor reveals himself to be Jean Valjean (although for the audience, we've already had an entire song where he confesses as much, just in case you couldn't figure it out from them being the same actor).
29th Jun '17 8:06:45 PM Prfnoff
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** A more minor example: after "96,000" explored what each of the characters would do with the winning lottery ticket, "Pacencia and Fe" revealed who won ([[spoiler:Abuela Claudia]]) with a single line: "What shall I do with this winning ticket?"

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** A more minor example: after "96,000" explored what each of the characters would do with the winning lottery ticket, "Pacencia and Fe" revealed who won ([[spoiler:Abuela Claudia]]) with a single line: "What shall I do with this winning ticket?"ticket?"
* In ''Theatre/TheRiseAndFallOfTheCityOfMahagonny'', Trinity Moses's spoken line demanding that Jimmy pay for his drinks is not only a turning point in its immediate context, rudely interrupting Jimmy's drunken fantasy of sailing to Alaska, but, since it turns out Jimmy doesn't have the money, it also leads directly to his arrest, show trial and execution.
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16th Jun '17 1:29:30 PM whatkindofadayhasitbeen
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* ''Theatre/DearEvanHansen'': Directly after Good For You, Evan has a "confrontation" with [[spoiler:"Connor" (really just a manifestation of himself)]] in which [[spoiler: Evan wants to tell the truth about what he's done, and "Connor" talks him out of it. Evan says that he just wants everything "be done with it", which begins an altercation in which "Connor" repeatedly asks Evan how he broke his arm, culminating in this:]]
-->'''Connor''': [[spoiler: Did you fall?]]
-->'''Evan''': [[spoiler: Mmm-hmm.]]
-->'''Connor''': [[spoiler: Or did you let go?]]
14th Jun '17 10:45:10 AM BottledFire
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--->'''Grantaire''': "Drink with me to days gone by/Can it be you fear to die?/Will the world remember you when you fall/Can it be your life means nothing at all?"

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--->'''Grantaire''': "Drink with me to days gone by/Can it be you fear to die?/Will the world remember you when you fall/Can it be your life death means nothing at all?"
25th May '17 7:08:41 PM jtierney50
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** To a lesser extent, one of Dolokov's lines about Anatole right before [[DuelsDecideEverything the duel.]]

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** To a lesser extent, one of Dolokov's lines about Anatole right before [[DuelsDecideEverything the duel.]]]]
* In ''Theatre/LesMiserables'':
** "You maintain he made a present of this silver-" "That is right."
** In-universe, it's ''quite'' a shock to all present (especially Javert) when Monsieur le Mayor reveals himself to be Jean Valjean (although for the audience, we've already had an entire song where he confesses as much, just in case you couldn't figure it out from them being the same actor).
** The moment in "Drink With Me" when the audience (and the students) realizes exactly what is going to happen to this revolution:
--->'''Grantaire''': "Drink with me to days gone by/Can it be you fear to die?/Will the world remember you when you fall/Can it be your life means nothing at all?"
* ''Theatre/InTheHeights'': "Let everybody know: [[spoiler:Abuela Claudia]] passed away at noon today." It's ''quite'' the Mood Whiplash.
** A more minor example: after "96,000" explored what each of the characters would do with the winning lottery ticket, "Pacencia and Fe" revealed who won ([[spoiler:Abuela Claudia]]) with a single line: "What shall I do with this winning ticket?"
25th May '17 6:59:31 PM jtierney50
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** In "Tomorrow There'll Be More Of Us":
--->'''Alexander''': "It's [a letter] from John Laurens. I'll read it later."
--->'''Eliza''': "No. [[spoiler:It's from his father.]]
--->'''Alexander''': "[[spoiler:His father?]]"
21st May '17 2:25:48 PM captainpat
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* ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'':
** "I AM NOT YOUR BEST FRIEND! I JUST GOT STUCK WITH YOU BY THE MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTER!"
** There's another one in "Hasa Diga Eebowai". "Well, let's see... 'Eebowai' means 'God', and 'Hasa Diga' means 'fuck you', so I guess in English, it would be... 'Fuck you, God.'"
* The end of act I of DavidMamet's ''Boston Marriage'': [[spoiler:"She asks why you are wearing her mother's necklace".]]
* ''Humble Boy'': "Mother?...Mother, [[spoiler:please tell me you can see him.]]"
* ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'': "But if you could see her through my eyes...[[spoiler:She wouldn't look ''Jewish'' at all.]]"
* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'': "...revenge his foul and most unnatural murder."
* ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'': "The king your father--" "Dead, for my life!" This comes at the end of a ''comedy''.
* ''{{Theatre/Godspell}}'': "This is the beginning."[[spoiler:...of the end. Jesus says this to tell the community that was built during Act 1 that he's going to leave them to see if they retained the lessons learned from his teachings. And it all goes downhill from there, ending in His Crucifixion.]]
** Also, the line right before "On the Willows": [[spoiler: "And I tell you I shall never again drink from the fruit of the vine until I drink it again with you in the Kingdom of my Father." Jesus then says goodbye to the rest of the cast.]]
** "Then the man they called Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests, and said "What will you give me to betray Him to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver ó and from that moment, he began to look out for an opportunity to betray Him." (Matthew 26:14-16, KJV) The line signifies the transition from John to Judas.
** The final line of the speech is accented with a percussive sound not unlike DramaticThunder.



* From David Auburn's ''Proof'': "I didn't find it. [[spoiler: I wrote it."]] End Act 1.
* ''Theatre/NextToNormal'' has a few, starting with arguably one of the biggest ones in all of musical theatre:
-->'''Henry''': Whose birthday is it?
-->'''Natalie''': My brother's.
-->'''Henry''':[[spoiler: I didn't know you had a brother.]]
-->'''Natalie''':[[spoiler: I don't. He died before I was born.]]
** Near the beginning of Act 2:
-->'''Natalie''': Wow, you look great.
-->'''Diana''': Oh, well, thank you. [[spoiler:And who are you?]]
** Towards the end of the show:
-->'''Diana''': So, anyway, [[spoiler:I'm leaving.]]
** And finally, the moment that reveals that [[spoiler:Diana wasn't the only one who saw Gabe.]]
-->'''Dan''':[[spoiler: Can't you just leave me alone?]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Gabe''': I know you know who I am.]]
-->'''Dan''':[[spoiler: Why didn't you go with her?]]
* ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'': "AZT Break." [[spoiler: How Mimi reveals to Roger she has AIDS.]]
* ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' actually has a Wham ''Song'', specifically "New Ways To Dream (Reprise)," in which Max fills in all the remaining holes relating to Norma's past. The biggest WhamLine within the song is probably "Please, understand, she was [[spoiler: my wife]]."
* ''Theatre/{{Tosca}}''! Finalmente mia...[[KilledMidSentence aaaaaaargh!]]
* ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}'': The reprise of "La dona e mobile", telling us and Rigoletto that the body in the sack isn't who he thinks...



* ''Theatre/TickTickBoom'': Jon gets angry with his best friend Michael and screams, "What the hell do you know about fear? What do you know about anything?" Michael responds, [[spoiler:"I know I'm sick, Jon, and I'm not going to get any better."]]
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'':
--> '''The Beggar Woman''': [[spoiler:Don't I know you, mister?]]
** And late on in the story:
--> '''Sweeney''' (Theatre Version): [[spoiler:Oh, God! "Don't I know you", she said... You knew she lived...! ''From the first moment that I walking into your shop you knew my Lucy lived!'']]\\
'''Sweeney''' (Film Version): [[spoiler:"Don't I know you", she said... You knew she lived... ''You lied to me.'']]
** To a lesser extent, the line that marks the exact moment Sweeney turns from an AntiHero to a VillainProtagonist:
--> '''Sweeney''': There's a hole in the world like a great black pit and it's filled with people who are filled with shit and the vermin of the world inhabit it... ''[[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery But not for long]]...!''
* ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'': "I could not send it, here it is again."
* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'': "[[NotSoDifferent You know nothing of Javert, I was born inside a jail! I was born with scum like you, I am from the gutter too!]]"
** Another gutting Javert line: "And does he know... that, granting me my life today [[spoiler: "this man has killed me, even so?"]]"
* In ''Theatre/AllMySons'', Chris's mother tells him why she won't allow him to marry his brother's fiancée: "Your brotherís alive, darling, because if heís dead, your father killed him." This inflammatory statement leads directly to Chris CallingTheOldManOut.
* ''Theatre/MissSaigon'': "I'm Chris' wife. My name is Ellen". The audience already knows this, but the line clearly has this effect on Kim.
* ''Theatre/ARaisinInTheSun'': [[spoiler: [[WithFriendsLikeThese "When a cat take off with your money, he don't leave you no road maps!"]]]]
* ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''
--> '''Macduff''': Despair thy charm, and let the angel whom thou still hast served tell thee, Macduff was from his motherís womb untimely ripped.
* ''Theatre/AlmostMaine'' has quite a few, but one that stands out is one of the characters who [[FeelNoPain can't feel pain]]:
--> ''Ow.''
* ''Theatre/TheLightInThePiazza'': "When Clara was twelve, we rented a Shetland pony for her birthday party. She and her friends were leading the pony around... [[spoiler: [[ChildhoodBrainDamage and the pony kicked her!"]]]]
* ''Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf'': "[[spoiler: Our son is ''dead'', just like that!]] How does that make you feel?"



* In ''Theater/LendMeATenor'':
-->[[spoiler: '''Saunders:''' Oh my God, he's alive. [...] ''I was standing here TALKING to him!'']]



* In ''{{Theatre/The Drowsy Chaperone}}'', most of it feels pretty silly, but there seem to be hints that [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Man in Chair]] has more going on then he lets on. Then, following the blackout and the Superintendent ruining the finale:
-->"[[HeroicBSOD Oh, it was ruined, wasn't it?]] One note away from the end of the show and it was ruined. The mood is broken...I should just start the record again from the beginning. No. [[MediumAwareness I can't do that, can I?]] Oh, it's so frustrating. You have to understand, I love this show so much. My mother gave me the record. This was just before my father left us. He didn't leave because of the record, although I'm sure it didn't help matters."
** An earlier moment is a somewhat funnier, lighthearted line in "Love Is Always Lovely in the End":
-->'''Mrs. Tottendale:''' Love has certainly been kind to me and my true love. Love is always lovely in the end!
-->'''Underling:''' But your late husband was a brute.
-->'''Tottendale:''' [[spoiler: I don't mean him, you silly coot!]]
* ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'': [[RunningGag "On the other hand]]...[[IHaveNoSon There]] ''[[IHaveNoSon is no]]'' [[IHaveNoSon other hand."]]
* ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'': [[FaceHeelTurn "LIEUTENANT! THEY'RE HERE!"]]



* In the {{Theatre/Mrs Hawking}} play series: In part one, ''[[http://www.mrshawking.com/?page_id=98 Mrs. Hawking]]'', when Mrs. Hawking asserts that anyone can hide anything if they really want to, Mary's response: "You couldn't hide it from me."



** To a lesser extent, one of Dolokov's lines about Anatole right before [[DuelsDecideEverything the duel.]]
-->'''Dolokov:''' Anatole is [[spoiler:a married man]], [[SecretKeeper a fact known only to his intimates.]]
* In ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'' Scorpius learns the effects of [[spoiler: using the Time Turner to humiliate Cedric Diggory in the past and help Harry out.]]
-->'''Scorpius''': [[spoiler: Voldemort Day?]]
** Later, Harry and Draco confront Amos Diggory on sending his niece, Delphi, to manipulate their sons. Amos replies [[spoiler: "I have no niece."]]
** This leads to the discovery of a message from [[spoiler: Delphi on "I will bring my father back," revealing, she's Voldemort's daughter.]]
* Perhaps one of the most infamous Wham Lines is in Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'', to the point where audiences are asked at the end of the show not to spoil it. This troper would post it, but it is one of ''the'' SpoilAtYourOwnRisk moments, so just look it up on TheOtherWiki.
* From ''Theatre/TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'':
-->'''Panch:''' I'm sorry, that is incorrect.
-->'''[[spoiler:[[TheDitz Coneybear:]]]]''' [[BreakTheCutie ...it is?]]
** A bunch of lines from "The I Love You Song" also qualify, particularly "Blame it on your daddily and mammily/'cos depression runs in our family" and [[spoiler:"I think he takes out on me what he wants to take out on you."]]
* From ''Theatre/DearEvanHansen'' has the reveal of how Evan really broke his arm.
--> '''[[spoiler:[[PosthumousCharacter Connor:]]]]''' Did you [[spoiler:really fall? Or did you let go?]]
* From ''Theatre/{{Finale}}'': [[spoiler:"This will be... our... last week on earth."]] Bonus points for the fact that it comes right at the end of Act 1, so you have all of intermission to have an existential crisis.

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** To a lesser extent, one of Dolokov's lines about Anatole right before [[DuelsDecideEverything the duel.]]
-->'''Dolokov:''' Anatole is [[spoiler:a married man]], [[SecretKeeper a fact known only to his intimates.]]
* In ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'' Scorpius learns the effects of [[spoiler: using the Time Turner to humiliate Cedric Diggory in the past and help Harry out.]]
-->'''Scorpius''': [[spoiler: Voldemort Day?]]
** Later, Harry and Draco confront Amos Diggory on sending his niece, Delphi, to manipulate their sons. Amos replies [[spoiler: "I have no niece."]]
** This leads to the discovery of a message from [[spoiler: Delphi on "I will bring my father back," revealing, she's Voldemort's daughter.]]
* Perhaps one of the most infamous Wham Lines is in Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'', to the point where audiences are asked at the end of the show not to spoil it. This troper would post it, but it is one of ''the'' SpoilAtYourOwnRisk moments, so just look it up on TheOtherWiki.
* From ''Theatre/TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'':
-->'''Panch:''' I'm sorry, that is incorrect.
-->'''[[spoiler:[[TheDitz Coneybear:]]]]''' [[BreakTheCutie ...it is?]]
** A bunch of lines from "The I Love You Song" also qualify, particularly "Blame it on your daddily and mammily/'cos depression runs in our family" and [[spoiler:"I think he takes out on me what he wants to take out on you."]]
* From ''Theatre/DearEvanHansen'' has the reveal of how Evan really broke his arm.
--> '''[[spoiler:[[PosthumousCharacter Connor:]]]]''' Did you [[spoiler:really fall? Or did you let go?]]
* From ''Theatre/{{Finale}}'': [[spoiler:"This will be... our... last week on earth."]] Bonus points for the fact that it comes right at the end of Act 1, so you have all of intermission to have an existential crisis.
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17th May '17 6:46:34 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Urinetown}}'', [[AllKnowingSingingNarrator Little Sally asks Officer Lockstock]] what Urinetown is like. In the interest of [[MediumAwareness maintaining dramatic tension]], Lockstock ''tries'' to avoid answering the question, telling her "Look, its power depends on mystery. I can't just blurt it out, like '[[spoiler:There is no Urinetown! We just kill people!]]'"

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* In ''{{Urinetown}}'', ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'', [[AllKnowingSingingNarrator Little Sally asks Officer Lockstock]] what Urinetown is like. In the interest of [[MediumAwareness maintaining dramatic tension]], Lockstock ''tries'' to avoid answering the question, telling her "Look, its power depends on mystery. I can't just blurt it out, like '[[spoiler:There is no Urinetown! We just kill people!]]'"
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