->''"Tomorrow we'll discover what our God in Heaven has in store!\\
One more dawn; one more day; one day more!"''
-->-- ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', "One Day More"

So the Climax of the musical is about to begin. Something may happen {{At The Opera Tonight}}, or fate and destiny could be working to bring the characters together for some sort of final showdown. Either way, the writers find it that it's important to remind us just how important what is happening is. So they introduce a song to bring everything dramatically together. A classic example of this type of song seems to be cutting between the heroes doing a Hero Song and the villains doing their VillainSong, as they each do their own particular preparations.

Frequently overlaps with MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber, which can be about a wider range of subjects, but must include counterpoint and various character perspectives.


* "Welcome to my Realm" from ''Music/{{Food for the Gods}}'' by Music/{{Fireaxe}}. Sung by the Devil, right before he and his army of demons and damned souls [[RageAgainstTheHeavens storm the walls of Heaven]].
* The song "At the Opera Tonight" from ''Film/{{Repo The Genetic Opera}}'' is a pretty clear-cut example.
* In ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'', before the main characters crash the set of the nicest kids in town, Motormouth Maybelle sings "I Know Where I've Been" as a reminder of how much is at stake.
* By nature, virtually every film in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon will have its own;
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' has "What Friends Are For" sung by UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion vultures leading up to the battle with Shere Khan.
** "Savages" from Disney/{{Pocahontas}}. Even overlaps with MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber.
** Notably absent in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}''.
* ''Film/MoulinRouge'' has [[Music/{{Queen}} "The Show Must Go On".]]
* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' parodies this trope with the song "Prom Tonight".
* "Making Christmas" is this for ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. All the cast save for Sally, are preparing creepy Christmas presents right before Jack's takeoff as Skeleton Claus.
* "La Resistance" from ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', which is itself a take-off on "One Day More". This trope is even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] within the song:
-->''Why did our mothers start this war?''\\
''What the fuck are they fighting for?''\\
''When did this song become a marathon?''

* ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKEqKDvRdo4 Battle Dawn]]'', depicting Queen Selenay at the final confrontation of Creator/MercedesLackey's [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Arrows trilogy]].

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* "Walk Through the Fire" from the ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' musical episode "Once More, With Feeling".
* In the {{Musical Episode}} of ''Series/{{Even Stevens}}'', there's "Sixth Period", in which the two lead characters of the show express their fears about their upcoming classes.
* "Teardrop" by Massive Attack at the end of the first season of ''Series/PrisonBreak'', a night before the breakout.
* ''Brigadoom'' from ''Series/{{Lexx}}''. It's really almost more of a Backstory Musical, but it does also fill this role because it sort of pumps them up as well, by showing them the history of how Kai fought so hard in the past and how he shouldn't let that go to waste, and that they all must once again struggle valiantly to defeat new Big Bad Mantrid rather than running.

* ''Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds'' has "Eve Of The War" and the first part of "Horsell Common And The Heat Ray", covering the lead-up to the violent first contact with the Martians.

* "Soon It's Gonna Rain" from ''Theatre/TheFantasticks''.
* "One Day More" from ''Theatre/LesMiserables''.
* "Tonight" (the "Quintet" version with Tony/Maria/Anita/The Jets/The Sharks, even though the last two are actually groups) from ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' is one of the classics, setting up for the big rumble that changes everything.
* ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'':
** "Prima Donna" qualifies, certainly in the stage production.
** "Notes (Reprise) - Twisted Every Way" could apply as well (this song is called "We Have All Been Blind - Twisted Every Way in the movie version, as "Notes (Reprise)" was cut from this version).
* "Luck Be A Lady" from ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''.
* "A New Argentina" from ''Theatre/{{Evita}}'', depicting the build-up to the 1946 Argentinian presidential election. It closes the first act, while the second act picks up right after the election, with Juan and Eva giving their victory speeches from the balcony of the Casa Rosada.
* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' has the Fogg's Asylum sequence. As the final confrontation looms, the chorus asks "Who could see how the road would twist?" as the lunatics escape to echo the Beggar Woman's CassandraTruth across the city.
* "I Hope I Get It" from ''Theatre/AChorusline''.
* ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors '':
** Though it was a CutSong, "We'll Have Tomorrow" would have been a perfect example of this.
** The start of "Suppertime Reprise (Sominex)" could count, but the storm sort of starts in the middle of it.
* The Act One finale of ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}''. Just for extra emphasis, it goes into slow motion. "Why Did I Listen To That Man?" features no less than four alternating, then simultaneous takes on the collapsing situation... [[spoiler: then TheHeroDies and things truly explode two songs later]].
* ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}'' subverts it with "On the Willows", which is light and soft, but the lyrics talk about the coming sacrifice as one by one the apostles say goodbye to Jesus after Judas has been exposed. Heartwrenching if done properly.
* "It's Time" from ''Theatre/EvilDeadTheMusical''. The gist of the song is that Ash has decided it's time to man-up and kick a whole mess of ass. In the next few scenes, he kills things that are immortal.
* A light-hearted, waltzy version appears in ''Theatre/ALittleNightMusic'': "A Weekend in the Country".
* "Comfort and Joy" from ''Theatre/BatBoyTheMusical''
* ''Theatre/{{Vanities}}'': "I Can't Imagine" plays this straight, but its reprise, "The Argument" is a song ''during'' the storm (the breakdown of the characters' friendship).
* ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical''
** "Voldemort is Going Down".
** "No Way" in the Sequel, in which [[spoiler:Draco finally gets to be a part of a 4 part harmony]].
* ''Theatre/JekyllAndHyde'': "This is the Moment", sung right before Jekyll's first transformation into Hyde, and "Confrontation", sung right before the show's finale [[spoiler: where Hyde comes out at Jekyll's wedding, leading to his death]].
* ''Theatre/SeraMyu: Transylvania no Mori'' and it's revised version have "We'll Be The Last Victory" which is basically both the heroes and villains declaring what they're fighting for and end with what "group" they belong to, even if that group is themselves.
* The reprise of "Checkmate" in ''Manga/BlackButler Musical II: A Thousand Souls and a Fallen {{Shinigami}}''. All of the characters sing about what will happen AtTheOperaTonight, ending with a dramatic [[CatchPhrase "Yes, My Lord"]] from Sebastian.
* In the stage version of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', "Fathoms Below" is a literal example, with the bridge section telling of the storms that occur when King Triton gets mad, which happens shortly afterwards.
* Appropriately enough, the song in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' just before the Reynolds Pamphlet is released is called Hurricane and perfectly fits this.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* "So They Say" from ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''. Dr. Horrible prepares his [[spoiler:Death Ray]], Captain Hammer sings about [[spoiler:doing the weird stuff]] and Penny sings about her future.
* The fanmade [[http://www.pwmusical.com/ Phoenix Wright - The Musical]] features a song called Tomorrow's Trial, taking place the night before the final faceoff between Phoenix and Von Karma.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* "Where is the Fun?" from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents: WesternAnimation/SchoolsOutTheMusical''
* "This Day Aria" from the Season Two finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** "The Ballad of the Crystal Empire" from the Season 3 premiere.
** The title song from ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls''.
** "You'll Play Your Part" from the Season 4 finale, sung by the four Princesses [[MoodWhiplash just before]] [[BigBad Tirek]] makes his appearance.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' "What If the Town Blew Away" is [[LiteralMinded literally]] this--the characters are singing about the hurricane that's about to hit Lawndale.