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- "At the Opera Tonight" from Repo! The Genetic Opera: Shilo sets out for the opera house, Mag resigns herself to her fate, Nathan puts on his Repo Man gear, Amber Sweet buys one last round of Zydrate from Graverobber, Rotti Largo plans the outcome of his final masterstroke, Pavi Largo rejoices over his new face and the possibility of getting laid, and Luigi Largo is... angry, because he's Luigi Largo. This song has even been described as "'One Day More' with electric guitars".
- Not Another Teen Movie has one right before the Prom scene, where each main character talks about their current feelings, along with a random chef who announces he's just jerked off in someone's french toast.
- Disaster Movie has "Date Song", a blatant rip-off of "I'm F—-ing Matt Damon" from Jimmy Kimmel's show (the Unrated Edition uses "fuck" instead), which brings together many of the movie's characters, even ones that have been killed during the movie, to sing a curtain call song... then it's Drop the Cow time!
- Lampshaded in "La Resistance" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (a pastiche of "One Day More" from Les Mis).
- Billy Madison has one where he decides to study for the academic decathlon.
- "Days in the Sun" from Beauty and the Beast (2017).
Live Action TV
- "Walk Through the Fire" from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical Episode.
- Frequent of the closing numbers to the Muppet Television segments of The Jim Henson Hour, featuring characters from the show's various sketches. Also happens for the closing number ("We'll Meet Again") in the special, The Muppets Go to the Movies.
- "When The Truth Comes Out" from the Scrubs musical episode is a perfect example, including a brief reprise of each of the four major numbers from the first act within the span of about two minutes.
- Parodied on Key & Peele with "One At A Time", their homage to Les Miserables. It starts as "The Confrontation" then "I Dreamed A Dream" shows up and finally "One Day More". Keegan Michael Keye's character Legateoux has no idea why they have to all sing their own songs at the same time.
- Community did this twice.
- Season 1 - "Somewhere Out There" from An American Tail.
- Season 3 - "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal.
- The Evillious Chronicles has two. Fittingly, they're both part of the same series:
- "Capriccio Farce" ("Clockwork Lullaby 6"), which features the denizens of Evils Forest and The Master of the Hellish Yard expressing their views as the former group searches for the final sin vessel.
- "Seven Crimes and Punishments" ("Clockwork Lullaby 7"), featuring the Seven Deadly Sins characters, the Messianic Archetype and an Unexpected Character singing of their stories and the fate that awaits them.
- The definitive example is the "Tonight" ensemble from West Side Story ("Quintet"), which directly precedes the first act's violent final scene.
- "Ever After" from Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, which actually serves as what seems like an ending to the whole show by showing the happy endings reached by the fairy-tale characters seen in the first act—until The Narrator says "To Be Continued!"
- More appropriately the opening number "Into the Woods" and the act two opener "So Happy" fit this trope better.
- From Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, "God That's Good!" and "Johanna (reprise)".
- "A Weekend in the Country" from A Little Night Music.
- "It's Hot Up Here" and "Putting It Together" from ''Sunday in the Park With George."
- Let's face it, Sondheim really likes this trope.
- "A Night We'll Never Forget" from Carrie the Musical, which opens Act II and in which basically everybody except the crazy mom gets involved.
- Three songs from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Starlight Express did this: First, there was the opening of Act II, in which all the engines prepared for the big final race in the championship. In the West End production and the recent US tour, it was called "The Rap," and was rewritten three times, basically because the first one didn't really sound like rap. The second one, written in 1992, sounded a little more like rap, but the early period. In 2003, a new rap was written which more accurately represented the genre. For the 1987-1989 Broadway version exclusively, a new song was added as kind of a continuation to the "Freight" coda, which had electricity, steam, and diesel fighting against each other in contrapuntal song, which then led to the big races which would then end with one train winning the "Silver Dollar" (rather than the Champion of the World). The other song that falls in this category is "The Hymn To Victory" which has been in every production since. This is another continuation of the aforementioned "Freight" Coda, with everyone raising their voices in an even louder, earth-shaking chorale, with a massive High C from Rusty. Here, this song is sung before the final heat, specially prepared on a downhill course. Rusty joined in the singing, even though he was disqualified from the final, so you can hear the Control's voice ordering for the Marshals to stop Rusty from entering the tracks, but it is too late.
- "One Day More" from Les Misérables, has all of the main characters planning for the coming insurrection—Jean Valjean plans to take his adopted daughter Cosette away from France to keep them from being discovered, Cosette and her boyfriend Marius despair of ever seeing each other again, Marius takes Cosette's leaving as a final sign that he needs to join the students on the barricade, Eponine pines for Marius, Enjolras and the students look forward to taking on The Man, Javert announces his plan to spy on the students, and the Thenardiers look forward to rich pickings from the bodies of the dead, all in one four-minute musical number.
- The above "One Day More" was the direct inspiration for the Act I finale of Urinetown. The opening number ("Urinetown"), the aforementioned first act finale, as well as "Why Did I Listen To That Man?" all fit.
- The act one finale to The Book of Mormon, "Man Up". It starts out like an '80s rock parody a la "Montage" from Team America, but then once the rest of the cast comes in, it turns into a MMEN.
- "Prima Donna" from The Phantom of the Opera is a non-act-ending example.
- "Notes" from the same show is another example, which comes before "Prima Donna." In the first act, it is sung by the Opera Populaire's producers, choreographer (and her daughter), the two stars, and Raoul, arguing about how they should meet (or ignore) the demands of the mysterious Opera Ghost. A more dissonant version comes in the second act with Christine joining in the feud as they are presented with their biggest challenge yet: the incredibly difficult opera "Don Juan Triumphant" composed by this ghost.
- "Christmas Bells" from RENT.
- The Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights has two examples of this: "96,000," the major production number in the show, comes when somebody on Usnavi's barrio buys a winning lottery ticket, and everyone has their own way they would spend those earnings. Another comes in the first act closer, "Blackout," when, suddenly, the power goes out in Washington Heights, and the barrio is separated in the insanity. Yet another example of the Crowning Music of Awesome.
- Jekyll & Hyde has "Your Work And Nothing More", where all the main characters worry about Jekyll, except for Emma's father, who worries about her.
- The later versions of "The Deal (No Deal)" in Chess. this also reprises pretty much every song up to this point, although not in counterpoint.
- "A New Argentina" from Evita features Eva, Juan, Che, the descamisados and anti-Peronist military goons in the build-up to Juan's election as President of Argentina. Naturally, it's a massive showstopper. The song "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" was added to the musical just to give the actress playing Eva extra time to catch her breath in preparation for this song, generally considered the most demanding in the whole musical.
- Gilbert and Sullivan do this all the time.
- And, on a number of occasions, half the cast are singing one song while the other half are singing another.
- The song "I Hope I Get It" which serves as the opener to A Chorus Line. All of the auditionees sing, in unison, about how much they need a job, that their unemployment has run out, and that they all think they've blown the audition.
- Also "Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love" which is basically a fifteen minute long reflection on adolescent experiences.
- There is also the song "One" (at least in its finale/reprise form), in which all of the dancers, even those who had been eliminated from the auditions earlier, return to sing and dance backup for a nonexistant star.
- Bat Boy: The Musical has Comfort and Joy, which ends Act One.
- Curtains has many of these, but the one that best fits the trope is "He Did It" from the beginning of Act 2, when everyone reacts to Sid Bernstein's murder.
- "Getting Ready" from 13, as well as "A Little More Homework" later on.
- An interesting twist on this trope can be found in the musical adaptation of The Secret Garden - the "Quartet" at the beginning of Act II juxtaposes Archie and Neville's feelings about Archie's current loneliness after Lily's death with a flashback to Rose voicing to Lily her objections over her impending marriage to Archie.
- "I Can't Imagine" at the end of the first scene in Vanities has the three characters singing about their upcoming college life, complete with a counterpoint trio section.
- Aida has two of these. "Not Me", towards the end of Act I, between Aida, Mereb, Radames, and Amneris, where Radames goes through a realizaiton that he wants to help the Nubians, which confuses Amneris and Mereb and delights Aida.
- The second is called "A Step Too Far", which acts as the introduction to Act II. It's done very simply, with everybody in simple black costumes in front of a field of stars. Aida describes her issues with having to fight for her people, Radames discusses his troubles with being engaged to Amneris but in love with Aida, and Amneris talks about her failing relationship with Radames. Each person wonders if they've taken a step too far out of their normal place, and will it end well for them.
- In Drood, the 1986 musical adaptation of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, there is a song called "No Good Can Come From Bad", in which the violent motivations of all the principal characters are revealed before Drood dies.
- In the stage musical adaptation of Disney's The Little Mermaid, there's "If Only", which begins with Ariel wishing Eric would be able to know she's the same girl who rescued him from drowning, then segues into Eric expressing how he finds Ariel mysteriously familiar. Sebastian, hoping he can rectify the matter and finally Triton wondering where his daughter has disappeared to round out the number.
- "Who Will Buy?" from Oliver!.
- bare: a pop opera has "One" as the Act One finale.
- In Hamilton, the opening number, "Alexander Hamilton" has just about every character narrate a chunk of Hamilton's backstory and briefly explain how they knew him.
- Additionally, "Non-Stop", the Act I closer, follows each of the characters who appear in both acts in the years following the Revolutionary War, frequently reprising small parts of these characters' most notable Act I songs.
- The Epic Rocking song of "Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts" from A Very Potter Musical, which brilliantly sets up the Alternate Character Interpretation, humor, and some plots. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are returning to Hogwarts, Harry meets Ginny who instantly falls for him but he's interested in Cho, who is dating Cedric. Malfoy arrives and teases them and reveals his motive of finally beating Harry. The gang all gather and ride the Hoqwarts express to Hogwarts where they are greeted by Dumbledore. And all in all there's a general agreement that this year's going to be totally awesome. And this is all just the opening number.
- Also, later in the show, Ron and Hermione lead the entire cast in The Song Before The Storm to say that Voldemort is Going Down.
- Me and My Dick has "Ready to Go", the second song in the show. Sally and Miss Cooter want Joey, Sally asks Joey to be her science partner, Joey and Dick pine for Vanessa, Flopsy is sick of dicks, Tiffany Really Gets Around and so does The Old Snatch. Vanessa has dumped her cheating boyfriend and Tiffany plans for Vanessa to seduce Joey to get back at him.
- "So They Say" from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog gives us the villain, hero, Love Interest, and a whole host of minor characters all discussing the upcoming action of Act III, with several, mainly humorous counterpoints, especially the cuts to Captain Hammer's groupies.
Captain Hammer: This is so nice / I just might sleep with the same girl twice / They say it's better the second time / They say you get to do the weird stuff.Groupies: We do the weird stuff.Captain Hammer: (Aside Glance)
- Turnabout Musical has one as the opening song. "August Day" features Phoenix Wright, Jack Hammer, Lotta Hart, Detective Gumshoe, Maggey Byrde, Cody Hackins, Penny Nichols, Furio Tigre and Mia Fey all showing a defining character trait in regards to the upcoming trial.
- The Nostalgia Critic and other noted web critics parodied this with "One Big Song" on his review of Les Misérables (2012).
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic "A Musical About a Musical" features "The Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number," a parody of "La Resistance." Yes, there is a Lampshade Hanging on the fact that it's a parody of a parody.
- "I'm Moving On" from Teacher's Pet.
- From the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode "Bloo's Brothers":
Bloo: I am Bloo, and you are my minions! Alone, you are all just knockoffs of a really cool guy, but together, we are stronger than any army! I think you know what we must do... That's right! We must all sing the theme song from the Ice Charades in 100-part harmony!"
- "At The Gala" from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's first season finale. The song is even based on "Ever After" above.
- "Winter Wrap-Up" from the episode of the same name.
- "A True True Friend" from the Season 3 finale. Bonus for it being part of a Musical Episode.
- Parodied on Family Guy with "If More People Join In, The Song Will Get Better", showing how this kind of number gets used as a cheap ploy by bad musicals.
- The Rocko's Modern Life Musical Episode "Zanzibar" begins with two of these: "Spring Cleaning" and "RECYCLE".
In opera it's often "the ensemble song before the break" or the finale.
- Aida, Act II finale
- Don Carlo, auto-da-fe scene
- Il Trovatore, climax of the monastery scene
- La Traviata, Act III finale
- Turandot, EVERY act's finale
- Otello, Act III finale
- La Bohème, Act II finale ("Quando m'en vo" / "Chi l'ha richiesto?")
- Peter Grimes, inn scene climax (characters arriving one by one or in small groups till everyone is on stage)
- Billy Budd, battle scene
- Rigoletto, curse scene
- The Marriage of Figaro, Act II finale - they keep coming and coming and then nearly everyone is on stage
- Don Giovanni, Act I finale, Act II sextet, Act II final sextet
- Un Ballo in Maschera, Act I finale, Act III finale
- Carmen, Act II finale
- Boris Godunov, "revolution" scene