* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: "Rhythm of Life." Appears, is awesome, and is never referred to again. TheMovie gave it some relevance, as Oscar is seen getting over his neurosis while hiding in a tire after the church runs from the cops, but that scene is not in the original play.
* MemeticMutation: The first few bars of "Hey Big Spender" is the theatrical equivalent of the first few notes of Beethoven's 5th.
* OneSceneWonder: Daddy Brubeck, (Sammy Davis, Jr. in TheMovie) who sings Rhythm of Life and is never heard from again, yet his song is one of the most famous in the show.
* RetroactiveRecognition: TheMovie version of "The Rich Man's Frug" features a young Creator/BenVereen in his first film role.
* SignatureScene: The first few notes of "Big Spender" are to musical theater to what the first notes of [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven's]] 5th Symphony is to classical music.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Ask most people under the age of 40 what a "frug" is, and note their blank expression.
* SuperfluousSolo: "Too Many Tomorrows". The minor character Vittorio inexplicably has this long, slow, boring solo right after Charity's dazzling showstopper "If My Friends Could See Me Now". It has nothing to do with the plot, and he sings it to a thoroughly unimportant character. Notably, this song was removed from the movie.