A common trope in musical theater, a song (often one that ends the first act) that sums up the attitudes of all of the main characters toward some upcoming event or towards something that happened earlier by having them singing all at once, with counterpoint for all.

Usually either a RepriseMedley or a CrowdSong, and often a {{Showstopper}}.

Frequently overlaps with TheSongBeforeTheStorm, which refers to any large-scale songs about an upcoming confrontation.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* "At the Opera Tonight" from ''RepoTheGeneticOpera'': 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".
* ''{{High School Musical}}'' does this ''a lot''.
* ''NotAnotherTeenMovie'' 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.
* ''[[SeltzerAndFriedberg Disaster Movie]]'' has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXW7MdrAwug Date Song]]", which brings together many of the movie's characters, [[NegativeContinuity even ones that have been killed during the movie]], to sing a curtain call song... then it's DropTheCow time! (The [[UnratedEdition unrated version]] uses the word "fuck" instead of "date", hence the song's title.)
** It's also a blatant rip-off of "I'm Fucking Matt Damon" from ''SaturdayNightLive''.
* [[BetterThanABareBulb Lampshaded]] in "La Resistance" from ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' (a pastiche of "One Day More" from ''Les Mis'').

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* "Walk Through the Fire" from the musical episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** And "Where Do We Go From Here".
* Frequent of the closing numbers to the Muppet Television segments of ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'', 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 ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' [[TheMusical 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.

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]
* The definitive example is the "Tonight" ensemble from ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' ("Quintet"), which directly precedes the first act's violent final scene.
* "Ever After" from {{Stephen Sondheim}}'s ''IntoTheWoods'', 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 TheNarrator says "ToBeContinued!"
** More appropriately the opening number "Into the Woods" and the act two opener "So Happy" fit this trope better.
* From Sondheim's ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', "God That's Good!" and "Johanna (reprise)".
* "A Weekend in the Country" from ''ALittleNightMusic''.
* "It's Hot Up Here" and "Putting It Together" from ''Sunday in the Park With George."
** Let's face it, [[StephenSondheim 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 AndrewLloydWebber musical ''StarlightExpress'' 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 [[TheSongBeforeTheStorm 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 [[ControlFreak Control's voice]] ordering for the Marshals to stop Rusty from entering the tracks, [[spoiler: but it is too late.]]
* "One Day More" from ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', which reprises virtually all of the songs in the show up to that point in the story and 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 TheMan, 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.
** This was the direct inspiration for the Act I finale of ''{{Urinetown}}''. The opening number, the aforementioned first act finale, as well as "Why Did I Listen To That Man/That Crook/That Boy/My Dad/My Heart?"
*** And for "When the Truth Comes Out" from the MusicalEpisode of ''{{Scrubs}}''.
**** And, most recently, from the creators of "La Resistance" and "When the Truth Comes Out," the act one finale to ''[[Theatre/TheBookOfMormon The Book of Mormon]]'' called "Time Ta 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 ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' 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 ''InTheHeights'' has two examples of this: "96,000," the [[CrowningMusicofAwesome major production number in the show]], comes when somebody on Usnavi's bodega 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, [[spoiler: suddenly, the power goes out in Washington Heights, and the bodega is separated in the insanity.]] Yet another example of the CrowningMusicofAwesome.
* ''Theatre/JekyllAndHyde'' 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 ''{{Theatre/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.
* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan do this ''all the time''.
** And, on a number of occasions, [[CrowningMusicofAwesome 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 ''Theatre/AChorusLine''. 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 [[EpicRocking 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.
* ''BatBoyTheMusical'' has Comfort and Joy, which ends Act One.
* ''Theatre/{{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 [[spoiler: Sid Bernstein's murder]].
* "Getting Ready" from ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'', as well as "A Little More Homework" later on.
* An interesting twist on this trope can be found in the musical adaptation of ''Literature/{{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 [[UglyGuyHotWife 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 [[CounterpointDuet 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 ''Theatre/{{Drood}}'', the 1986 musical adaptation of ''Literature/TheMysteryOfEdwinDrood'', 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 ''Theatre/TheLittleMermaid'', 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 ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}''.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* The EpicRocking song of "Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts" from ''AVeryPotterMusical'', which brilliantly sets up the AlternateCharacterInterpretation, 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 [[CatchPhrase totally awesome]]. And this is all just the opening number.
** Also, later in the show, Ron and Hermione lead the entire cast in TheSongBeforeTheStorm to say that Voldemort is Going Down.
* ''MeAndMyDick'' 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 ReallyGetsAround 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 ''DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' gives us the villain, hero, LoveInterest, 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:''' (AsideGlance)
* The PhoenixWrightMusicalProject 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.
* At the end of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's review of Theatre/LesMiserables, she and a bunch of other Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses reviewers sing "One Day More".
** ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' in turn parodied this with "Big Loud Song" on his review of the movie musical.
* The WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7412574/1/A-Musical-About-a-Musical A Musical About a Musical]]" features "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sxn5X3-pH9s The Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number]]," a parody of "[[WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut La Resistance]]." Yes, there is a LampshadeHanging on the fact that it's a parody of a parody.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* "I'm Moving On" from ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet''.
* From the ''FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' 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! [[MundaneMadeAwesome We must all sing the theme song from the Ice Charades in 100-part harmony!]]"
* "At The Gala" from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''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 MusicalEpisode.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' 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.

[[AC:{{Opera}}]]
In opera it's often "the ensemble song before the break" or the finale.
* ''Theatre/{{Aida}}'', Act II finale
* ''Don Carlo'', auto-da-fe scene
* ''Theatre/IlTrovatore'', climax of the monastery scene
* ''Theatre/LaTraviata'', Act III finale
* ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}'', EVERY act's finale
* ''Otello'', Act III finale
* ''Theatre/LaBoheme'', Act II finale ("Quando m'en vo" / "Chi l'ha richiesto?")
* ''Theatre/PeterGrimes'', inn scene climax (characters arriving one by one or in small groups till everyoen is on stage)
* ''Theatre/BillyBudd'', battle scene
* ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}'', curse scene
* ''Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro'', Act II finale - they keep coming and coming and then nearly everyone is on stage
* ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'', Act I finale, Act II sextet, Act II final sextet
* ''Un Ballo in Maschera'', Act I finale, Act III finale
* ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'', Act II finale
* ''Boris Godunov'', "revolution" scene
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