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Surprise Reprise
When a song in a musical that sounds fairly original, until it slowly becomes a reprise.
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In a musical, let's say you're listening to a song, but then you go "Wait a minute, haven't I heard this somewhere else before?". Then you relize that this is in fact a reprise of a completly different song. This is usually done very slowly so that you don't notice it until it finally hits you. This tension that you didn't know was building can work very well in a Dark Reprise, possibly of a Villain Song. Also a subtrope of a Call Back

  • In Little Shop of Horrors, the song "Sominex" sung by both Audrey and Audrey II slowly becomes a reprise of "Suppertime".
  • Jesus Christ Superstar technically had only one, which was "The Arrest" (that slowly became a reprise of "The Temple"), although several of the same chords are played are reprised in the middle of songs. The closest another one gets is "Judas's Death" which has the exact same backround music of " Too Much Heaven On Their Minds" but the singing part is Judas almost screaming instead of singing. Done very effectivly, almost to the point of being scary.
  • In Carousel, "When You Walk Down The Aisle" turns out to be a new verse for a reprise of "Mister Snow."
  • Inverted in Kiss Me Kate, where "Always True To You" begins as a reprise of "Why Can't You Behave?" but quickly switches gears.
  • The Halo 3 remix of the classic series theme starts with a slow piano intro before the guitar kicks in.
  • In The Music Man, "76 Trombones" has the same tune as "Goodnight My Someone", but it's played in a different meter and tempo, so it's not immediately obvious.
  • On the Chicago II album, the tracks "Make Me Smile" and "Now More Than Ever" are bookends to a series of seven tracks that run together (including the much softer "Color My World" in the middle). "Now More Than Ever" is basically a reprise of "Make Me Smile" at the end of this series.
  • South Pacific: "This Is How It Feels" begins as a sequel to "Twin Soliloquies," but then turns into a duet reprise of "A Cockeyed Optimist." (This duet is the only moment in the show Nellie and Emile get to sing together, because the roles were written for a singing actress and an operatic basso.)

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