So you're almost at the end of the show, and things are looking very uncertain but you know the show's about to end. That's when you know this trope is about to kick in. The Eleven O'Clock Number is a song in [[TheMusical a musical]] placed near the end of the second act, before the plot's loose ends are tied up. The song usually represents an emotional turning point or revelation for the main character(s) and is almost always the last number in the show that isn't a reprise of an earlier song or the absolute final song. The term is a holdover from the days when all musicals started at 8:30 PM and had to have a climactic song around 11:00, because it was preferable to have audiences out shortly afterwards.

Largely a {{Theater}} trope. Seen in musicals and works that follow the musical format, as well as the odd ConceptAlbum. Compare and contrast ClimacticMusic.
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!! Examples:
* "Champagne" and "When The Sun Goes Down" from ''InTheHeights''.
* "No More" and "No One Is Alone" of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' fame both have elements of this.
* "Freak Flag" from ''Shrek''.
* "Being Alive" from ''Theatre/{{Company}}''
* "Move On" from ''Theatre/SundayInTheParkWithGeorge''.
* "If He Walked Into My Life" from ''Mame''.
* "Memory" from ''{{Cats}}''.
* "Confrontation" from ''Jekyll&Hyde''.
* "The Point of No Return" from ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
** In the sequel ''Love Never Dies'', this is the title song's function.
* [[BSODSong "No Good Deed,"]] [[AngryMobSong "March Of The Witch Hunters,"]] and [[AwardBaitSong "For Good"]] from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. Notable for all taking place [[MoodWhiplash within moments of each other.]]
* ''[[RockyHorrorPictureShow Rose Tint My World]]'' or "I'm Going Home".
* "When It Ends" from Michael John LaChiusa's ''Literature/TheWildParty''.
* "Once We Were Kings" from TheMusical of BillyElliot.
* "Something To Sing About" from the "Once More With Feeling" episode of [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]].
* ''RepoTheGeneticOpera'' has "I Didn't Know I'd Love You So Much".
* "Back To Before" from ''{{Ragtime}}''.
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "An Eleven O'Clock Song"]] from ''Ankles Aweigh''.
* "Rose's Turn" from ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}''.
* "From This Day On" from ''Theatre/{{Brigadoon}}''.
* "I'm Going Back" from ''Theatre/BellsAreRinging''.
* "Those Were The Good Old Days" and "Two Lost Souls" from ''Theatre/DamnYankees''.
* "With So Little To Be Sure Of" from ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle''.
* "No One Has Ever Loved Me" from ''Passion''.
* "Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat" from ''GuysAndDolls''.
* "What I Did For Love" from ''Theatre/AChorusLine''.
* "Fifty Percent" from ''Ballroom''.
* "Anything You Can Do" from ''AnnieGetYourGun''.
* "Guenivere" from ''Camelot''.
* "Oklahoma!" from ''Oklahoma!''.
* ''ShowBoat'' originally had an 11:00 song to show off Magnolia's daughter, Kim (here [[IdenticalGrandson played by the same actress as Magnolia]]) in a 1920s-type production number. The original 11:00 song, "It's Getting Hotter in the North" (based on Magnolia's {{Leitmotif}}), was cut and replaced by a reprise of "Why Do I Love You" with impersonations and a jazz dance. The London production used an entirely new 11:00 song, "Dance Away The Night." The 1936 film version built up an elaborate production number around the MovieBonusSong "Gallivantin' Around," which fell victim to editing before it was released. The 1946 Broadway revival used yet another newly written song, "Nobody Else But Me," but dropped the number without replacement when it went on tour. The 1994 Broadway revival replaced it with a dance number, "Kim's Charleston."
* "Get Out and Stay Out" from ''9 to 5: The Musical''
* "The I Love You Song" from ''The25thAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee''
* "What Kind Of Fool Am I?" from ''Stop The World -- I Want To Get Off''.
* "Your Eyes" from ''{{Rent}}'' is technically the Eleven O'Clock Number, but something must be said for "What You Own".
* "Without Love" from ''{{Hairspray}}''
** According to the creators, the Eleven O'Clock Number for Hairspray is "I Know Where I've Been".
* "Listen" from the film version of ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}''. Perhaps "I Miss You Old Friend" from the original musical.
** It's in the stage version as well, but that's not the eleven o'clock number, and for that matter, neither is "I Miss You Old Friend." Everyone knows it's "One Night Only."
* "Till There Was You"" from ''TheMusicMan''
* "I Confess" from ''{{Footloose}}''
* "Maybe (Next to Normal)" and "So Anyway" could both fit this in ''NextToNormal''.
* "The American Dream" from ''MissSaigon''.
* "If That's What It Is" from ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}''
* MozartLOperaRock has "Victime de ma victoire", which is interestingly a song addressing the emotional turning point of the villain.
* From the Disney movie ''{{Enchanted}}'' there's the song "So Close".
* "We're Not Sorry" from ''{{Urinetown}},'' though the turning point is more for the ensemble and ingenue than for the hero. [[spoiler:Hard to have an epiphany when you died two songs ago.]]
* Theatre/LegallyBlonde TheMusical has "Legally Blonde", that fits the role even if it's a reprise.
** There's also "Legally Blonde Remix"
* "I Believe" In Theatre/TheBookOfMormon could technically be this, even though it isn't near the end of the musical.
* Many Verdi [[{{Opera}} operas]] have one of these, such as "D'amor sull'ali rosee" from ''Il trovatore'' and "Tu che le vanità" from ''Don Carlo''. Soprano Leontyne Price was famous for nailing these after the rest of the cast had tired.
* "The Meek Shall Inherit" from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
* "All The Wasted Time" from ''Theatre/{{Parade}}''.
* "Reviewing the Situation" from ''Oliver!''.
* "Bet On It" from ''High School Musical 2''?
** "Everyday" would be most accurate.
* "How Could I Ever Know?" from ''Literature/TheSecretGarden''.
** Or "Hold On" or "Race You To the Top."
* "Funny" from ''Theatre/CityOfAngels'' fits, albeit a little snugly.
* "Be On Your Own" and "I Can't Make This Movie" from ''Theatre/{{Nine}}''
* "I Wish I Could Go Back To College" from ''Theatre/AvenueQ''.
* "Brotherhood Of Man" from ''HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''.
* "Poor Jack" from ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
* "Duel Duet" from ''ShockTreatment''.
* "Only He" and "Only You" from ''StarlightExpress''.
* "One Of Those Nights" from the musical of ''Metropolis''.
* The murderer's confessions in ''Theatre/{{Drood}}''.
* "Within You" from ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''. Technically the Thirteen O'clock Number.
* "Wrong Note Rag" from ''Wonderful Town''.
* "So Long, Dearie" from ''HelloDolly!''.
* "I Guess I'll Miss The Man" from ''{{Pippin}}'' is an understated version.
* "Betrayed" from ''Film/TheProducers'' is not only a classic 11 o'clock number, but also a five-minute, one-man summary of the ''entire show'' to that point.
* "The Show Must Go On" from ''MoulinRouge'', which also doubles as TheSongBeforeTheStorm. Appropriately, it is both [[{{Queen}} operatic]] and [[{{Foreshadowing}} rather]] [[DownerEnding funereal]].
* Stephen Sondheim's ''Follies'' has not one but four 11 o'clock numbers, one for each of the principal characters: the comic patter song "Buddy's Blues," the torch ballad "Losing My Mind," the Star Lady turn "The Story of Lucy and Jessie," and, finally, the top-hat-and-tails ditty "Live, Laugh, Love," which features a twist ending: [[spoiler:as debonair Ben realizes that the cheery words he's singing are a horrible lie, he repeatedly flubs the lyrics and finally has a breakdown onstage.]]
* The concert sequence from ''TheSoundOfMusic'', which has "Edelweiss" in between an elaborate reprise of "Do-Re-Mi" and a plain repetition of "So Long, Farewell."
* "Hh! Cha Cha!" (sic) from ''The Cat and the Fiddle'', which reused part of the aforementioned "Why Do I Love You" as a countermelody.
* "Not While I'm Around" from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''.
* "You're Going to Be Okay" from [[MusicalEpisode "My Musical"]] in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* "I Will Still Play" from ''Theatre/TripodVersusTheDragon''.
* A ConceptAlbum example: "Blind Curve" from ''MisplacedChildhood'' by {{Marillion}}.
* "Someone Like Me" from ''Theatre/DougLive''
* "A Boy Needs a Dog (Reprise)" from the film of ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet''
* The "Reprise Remix" from ''TheFairlyOddparents: School's Out! The Musical''
* "Once and For All" from ''Newsies''.
* "Step In Time" from ''Film/MaryPoppins''
* A concept album example: "Stop" from ''Music/TheWall''. In the film, the song serves the same purpose, but it is sung very quietly and a bit hard to discern.
* "Dyin' Ain't So Bad" from Frank Wildhorn's ''Bonnie and Clyde''.
* Technically "Wenn ich dein Spiegel wär" in ''Elisabeth'', though the second-act reprise of "Die Schatten werden länger" stands out more.
* "Die unstillbare Gier" in ''Tanz der Vampire''.
* Asia's "Heat of the Moment," sung ''a capella'' by Cartman and the entire House of Representatives in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Kenny Dies." Singing the song together motivates the representatives into passing stem cell research, Cartman's goal through the episode.
* "It Won't Be Long" in the ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' season finale "[[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S1E26SummertimeBlues Summertime Blues]]," sung as a farewell song for Blythe leaving over the summer.
* "Is Anybody There?" from ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''.
* "All for You" from ''{{Seussical}}''.
* The [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 West End musical version]] of ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' has an original score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, but its Eleven O' Clock Number is an import: "Pure Imagination", the most famous song from the [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory 1971 movie adaptation]]. The new context has it underscoring the reveal and flight of the Great Glass Elevator and the revelation that Charlie's won the factory.
* "The Big Bow-Wow" in ''[[NewspaperComics/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy! The Musical]]''.
* "Always Starting Over" in ''Theatre/IfThen''
* A ConceptAlbum example; "This Christmas Day" from TransSiberianOrchestra's "Christmas Eve and Other Stories", although the argument could be made for "Old City Bar". There are a few other songs in the album following these two, but they're mostly bonus tracks.
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