Why did our mothers start this war?
What the fuck are they fighting for?
When did this song become a marathon?
A song or musical
scene in a work, usually towards its end if not the finale ultimo, containing a Medley
made of a whole bunch of reprises of different songs from the work. Can be used to tie up different plot threads, or just as a way to mark the scene it accompanies as the conclusion.
May also be a Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number
- Macross Frontier is capped off with the Nyan-Nyan Service Medley, which reprises most of the songs from throughout the series and takes up pretty much the entire second half of the last episode (it's seven and a half minutes long).
- Thank Your Lucky Stars might have set some kind of record in movie musicals by reprising eleven songs in a row in the finale.
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut has the Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number "La Resistance", which reprises "Blame Canada", "Uncle F—ka", "Redneck Mountain Town", and "Up There" as part of its lyrics.
- The 2001 Moulin Rouge! film ends with a rather epic example: "Come What May", after Toulouse reveals the truth about Christian's life being in danger, morphs into a recapitulation and dueling medley of most of the movie's main themes, with "The Show Must Go On", "Your Song", "I'll Fly Away", "Children of the Revolution", and even a bit of "The Pitch" (the part about the "sitar player's secret song") all showing up.
- The first-act finale of the Scrubs Musical Episode, "When The Truth Comes Out", reprises "Welcome to Sacred Heart", "Everything Comes Down To Poo" and "We're Gonna Miss You, Carla". Word of God is it was inspired by "One Day More" in Les Mis.
- "Finale" from In the Heights contains snippets from the title song, "Piragua", "When You're Home", and a never before heard song being played on a record player.
- The penultimate scene of Brigadoon has reprises of "Come To Me, Bend To Me," "The Heather On The Hill," "I'll Go Home With Bonnie Jean," "From This Day on" and "Down On MacConnachy Square." These are listed collectively as "Reprises." The show goes on to end with a reprise of the title song.
- The finale ultimo of H.M.S. Pinafore consists of five reprises: "Oh joy, oh rapture unforeseen," "I am the Captain of the Pinafore," "I'm called Little Buttercup," "I am the monarch of the sea" and "He is an Englishman." Most other Gilbert and Sullivan shows only have one or two reprises at the end; Utopia, Ltd has none.
- "Man Up" in The Book of Mormon samples sequences from almost all of the songs that have come before it, even a single line from "Turn it off."
- Don Quixote's death in Man of La Mancha is preceded by "Dulcinea," "The Impossible Dream" and "Man Of La Mancha" reprised in succession.
- The "Final Sequence" in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street goes through quite a few reprised snippets of previous songs (pretty much all of them Dark Reprises) as the play reaches its climax, including "Not While I'm Around", "Pretty Women", "My Friends", "Poor Thing", "A Little Priest", and "The Barber and His Wife".
- The Phoenix Wright musical has one at the end of act one consisting of "The Truth Reborn", "My Rule", and "I Love You", and another (consisting of "The Truth Reborn" and "I Believe In You") as the finale ultimo. (Those may not seem like they're using very many songs, but the show recycles so heavily that there are in fact only four distinct songs, total.)
- On the original cast album of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the finale is a Reprise Medley, yet the show did not end this way. The reason for this departure is unclear.
- Les MisÚrables has a great one. The final sequence starts with an original melody, then segues into 'Bring Him Home' then when Fantine appears the music for 'I've seen your face before' the tune Valjean sang when he first met her is used, then music from the barricade 'my god, they've run away' is used, then 'I've seen your face before' again then 'Come To Me/On My Own' is reprised almost entirely, ending in a triumphant reprise of 'Do You Hear The People Sing?' And it is awesome.
- And more obviously, "One Day More" (the Act I finale), which reprises "Who Am I?", "I Dreamed A Dream", "Do You Hear The People Sing", "Fantine's Arrest" and "Master of the House" in counterpoint.
- "Javert's Suicide" contains reprises of "Look Down", "Fantine's Arrest", and "Stars".
- A song very early in the musical "The Bargain / The Waltz of Treachery" has Jean Valjean paying the Thenardiers so to take Cosette with him. It is reprised very near the end of the musical during "The Wedding Chorale" in which Cosette's new husband Marius pays the Thenardiers for the information about Valjean in which Marius learns that it was Jean who save him at the barricades. This causes the newlyweds to go after Valjean (but not before Marius gives M. Thenardier a well deserved punch) and be reunited one more time before Valjean dies.
- The final scene of The Phantom of the Opera reprises Point of No Return, Angel of Music, Masquerade, All I Ask Of You, and finally, Music of the Night.
- "Looking Good", the closing song of the Theatre Works Palo Alto and Second Stage Theatre versions of Vanities: A New Musical, ends with brief reprises of "Hey There Beautiful" and "Setting Your Sights"(only in the latter production). "Letting Go", the alternate finale ultimo (used in Pasadena Playhouse and ACT's productions so far), also does this somewhat.
- The "Finale Ultimo" of the stage musical of Aladdin includes reprises of "Somebody's Got Your Back", "A Whole New World", and "Arabian Nights", the last being the Final Reprise that was deleted from the original film but used in The King of Thieves. Before that, the first act ends with a medley of "Friend Like Me" and "Proud of Your Boy", another outtake from the film.
- The Finale Ultimo of Hello, Dolly! is a medley of the title song, "Dancing", "It Only Takes A Moment" and "Put on Your Sunday Clothes".
- The finale of Cabaret has a Dark Reprise of "Willkommen" framing snippets of various other tunes, more of which are sung on the original cast album than in the show.
- The final scene of The Most Happy Fella ends with reprises of the letter song, "My Heart Is So Full Of You" and the title song.
- "Finale" from Wicked reprises "Sentimental Man", "No One Mourns the Wicked", and "For Good", the latter two being in counterpoint.
- A Little Night Music, towards the end, has short reprises of "Soon", "You Must Meet My Wife", "A Weekend in the Country" and "Every Day a Little Death" interspersed with dialogue, most of them sung by the Liebeslieders rather than the main cast. This is followed by Desiree and Fredrik's reprise of "Send in the Clowns" in a higher key with new lyrics.
- In The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, the finale begins with reprises of four old refrains: "Aber dieses ganze Mahagonny"; "Wir brauchen keinen Hurrikan"; "Denn wie man sich bettet, so liegt man"; and "Oh moon of Alabama."
- A Christmas Carol The Musical has a Dark Reprise medley during the Christmas Future sequence, including "Jolly Good Time", "Link By Link", "You Mean More To Me", "Nothing to Do With Me"(Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Today) and "God Bless Us, Everyone". The finale has triumphant reprises of "Nothing to Do With Me"(as "What a Day, What a Sky"), "A Place Called Home" "You Mean More to Me" and "Christmas Together".
- The finale of Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna includes a reprise pastiche of "Elma Om Mi Lize" and "Run" followed by a Book Ends reprise of "All Come Together".
- The 2011 revival of Anything Goes replaced the finale's Triumphant Reprise of "I Get a Kick Out of You" with a medley of "It's Delovely", "Be Like the Bluebird", and the title song.
- The Screen-to-Stage Adaptation of Singin' in the Rain has the entire cast singing "Broadway Rhythm" and "You Were Meant For Me," "Good Morning" and the title song at the curtain call.
- Webcomic.Homestuck has a few:
- "Descend", the music accompanying the End of Act 4 animation, reprises just about every theme or leitmotif used in the comic to that point/
- "Eternity's Shylock"/"Eternity Served Cold", the music that plays during the End of Act 6 Act 3, is a more minor example, but does manage to reprise the themes of "English", "Revelawesome", "Harlequin", "Ruins", "Doctor", and "Savior of the Waking World".
- Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, and Sonic & Knuckles use medleys of their stage themes during their credits.
- Mega Man 6 also does this for its credits music.
- MOTHER 3 has 16 Melodies, which is this for the entire MOTHER series.
- Final Fantasy VI reprises each character's Leitmotif in a medley during the "book" escape sequence.
- "Roll Call", the credits music for Halo 3, reprises the Halo chant, "Farthest Outpost", the Arbiter's theme, "Under Cover of Night", and "In Amber Clad". "From the Vault", heard in Halo: Reach's Tribute Room, is a similar medley.
- The music for the final level of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault is a medley of the Fort Schmerzen and Nordhausen leitmotifs from the first game and a powered-up version of the Allied Assault Main Theme.
- "The Genesis," the final boss battle music for Persona 4, reprises both "Reach Out to the Truth" and "I'll Face Myself."
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has the 'Staff Credits' track, which includes the title theme, Aryll's Theme, Zelda's Lullaby, 'The Great Sea', and the series' main theme (among other nods).
- Used in "No Fighting in the War Room", the penultimate level from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
- "Med-Ray", the Special Mode ending theme from the PSX version of Ray Crisis is a Softer and Slower medley of various songs from throughout the series, namely "Penetration", "G", "Luminescence", "Vision", "Into Darkness", "Formless Living Bodies", "Lavande Bleu", "Muddling Through", "Geometric City", "Son Dessein", and "Quartz".
- In the final execution sequence from Dangan Ronpa, almost all the thematic elements from the previous five are remixed into the song accompanying it. It fits, given that said execution is all the others combined.