History WhamLine / Theatre

2nd Apr '18 4:04:25 AM The12thDoctor
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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?]]

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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 This results in an altercation in which "Connor" repeatedly asks Evan how he broke his arm, culminating in this:]]
-->'''Connor''': [[spoiler: Did -->'''Connor:''' [[spoiler:How’d you fall?]]
-->'''Evan''': [[spoiler: Mmm-hmm.]]
-->'''Connor''': [[spoiler:
break your arm? How’d you break your arm, Evan]]?\\
'''Evan:''' [[spoiler:I fell]].\\
'''Connor:''' [[spoiler:Really? Is that what happened]]?\\
'''Evan:''' [[spoiler:[[SuddenlyShouting YES!]] I was- I lost my grip and then I just- I fell, so]]]...\\
'''Connor:''' [[spoiler:Did you fall? [[BungledSuicide
Or did you let go?]]go]]]]?
14th Mar '18 4:31:57 PM NotThisThing
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* ''Theatre/InTheHeights'': "Let everybody know: [[spoiler:Abuela Claudia]] passed away at noon today." It's ''quite'' the Mood Whiplash.

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* ''Theatre/InTheHeights'': "Let everybody know: [[spoiler:Abuela Claudia]] Claudia passed away at noon today." ]]" It's ''quite'' the Mood Whiplash.
29th Jan '18 8:19:08 PM lalalei2001
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* From ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'': 'You have no real power,' as well as a WHAM moment when Glinda shows the Wizard Elphaba's keepsake, [[spoiler: identifying him as her father, moments after having had her murdered.]]

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* From ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'': 'You have no real power,' as well as a WHAM wham moment when Glinda shows the Wizard Elphaba's keepsake, [[spoiler: identifying him as her father, moments after having had her murdered.]]



* ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' ends with a Wham Song, the TriumphantReprise of "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen". The reprise reveals first that [[spoiler: the tramp at the dump whom Charlie befriended was Willy Wonka in disguise -- same actor and all -- which means he rigged his own Golden Ticket contest and was secretly on the boy's side all along]], and second that [[spoiler: Mr. Wonka's retiring from running the factory so he can pursue new dreams...''in the audience's world''...which he can travel to -- and does -- simply by way of an ImaginationBasedSuperpower]]. While a few hints to the first revelation are there for sharp/GenreSavvy viewers (they at least make for some RewatchBonus), the second revelation is a definite surprise. (It helps that none of this is in the novel or either film adaptation of same.)

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* ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' ends with a Wham Song, the TriumphantReprise of "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen". The reprise reveals first that [[spoiler: the tramp at the dump whom Charlie befriended was Willy Wonka in disguise -- same actor and all -- which means he rigged his own Golden Ticket contest and was secretly on the boy's side all along]], and second that [[spoiler: Mr. Wonka's retiring from running the factory so he can pursue new dreams...''in dreams in the audience's world''...world, which he can travel to -- to, and does -- simply by way of an ImaginationBasedSuperpower]]. While a few hints to the first revelation are there for sharp/GenreSavvy viewers (they at least make for some RewatchBonus), viewers, the second revelation is a definite surprise. (It helps that none of this is in the novel or either film adaptation of same.) surprise.




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* The majority of ''Theatre/{{Ebenezer}}'' is built up as a story Dickens tells Scrooge to get him to realize the truth about his past. [[spoiler:Then it's revealed Scrooge knew it from the start.]]
-->'''Scrooge:''' You must think me a simpleton, sir. [[spoiler:Don't you think I've known about everything from the start? Don't you think I've known about Marley's motives all along?]]
22nd Dec '17 12:30:37 AM Gravidef
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** In ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'', [[VillainSong "The Ballad of Booth"]] frames John Wilkes Booth as [[VillainHasAPoint having a legitimate grievance]] against Abraham Lincoln. Then, as the song dips more into MotiveRant territory, it all changes with a single word that shows why Booth is really mad: "How the Union can never recover from that vulgar, high and mighty, NIGGER-LOVER!"

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** * In ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'', [[VillainSong "The Ballad of Booth"]] frames John Wilkes Booth as [[VillainHasAPoint having a legitimate grievance]] against Abraham Lincoln. Then, as the song dips more into MotiveRant territory, it all changes with a single word that shows why Booth is really mad: angry at the President: "How the Union can never recover from that vulgar, high and mighty, NIGGER-LOVER!"
22nd Dec '17 12:29:25 AM Gravidef
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** In ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'', [[VillainSong "The Ballad of Booth"]] frames John Wilkes Booth as [[VillainHasAPoint having a legitimate grievance]] against Abraham Lincoln. Then, as the song dips more into MotiveRant territory, it all changes with a single word that shows why Booth is really mad: "How the Union can never recover from that vulgar, high and mighty, NIGGER-LOVER!"
22nd Dec '17 12:23:51 AM Gravidef
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* From ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': "...you knew she lived. From the moment I first entered your shop, YOU KNEW MY LUCY LIVED!"
** Immediately afterward, there's Mrs. Lovett's desperate attempt to invoke ExactWords to spare herself, proving just how deeply self-serving she really is: "No, no, not lied at all! No, I never lied! Said she took the poison--she did--never said that she died!"
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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