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* Watching Alan Cumming and Hilary Lyon act out the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8F-Az8W6ys Get thee to a nunnery]]" scene from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' is just...odd now, as they were married at the time but now aren't.

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* ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'': Watching Alan Cumming and Hilary Lyon act out the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8F-Az8W6ys Get thee to a nunnery]]" scene from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' in which Hamlet rejects Ophelia is just...just... odd now, as they were married at the time but now aren't.


** ''Wall Street Journal'' critic Amy Gamermann [[http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB100086742441207000 recalled attending a performance of the show]] three days after 9/11, along with only about two dozen other people. By the end of the song, she was in tears. [[BreakingTheFourthWall So was one of the actors.]]

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** ''Wall Street Journal'' critic Amy Gamermann [[http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB100086742441207000 recalled attending a performance of the show]] three days after 9/11, along with only about two dozen other people. By the end of the song, she was in tears. [[BreakingTheFourthWall So was one of the actors.]]


* There's a song strictly in the musical version of ''Disney/TheLionKing'', called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p05cVqNiPco&feature=related Endless Night.]] The song tends to be quite creepy, and ridiculously heart-breaking when you realize the man singing this version, Jason Raize, proceeded to hang himself at the age of 28.

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* There's a song strictly in the musical version of ''Disney/TheLionKing'', called ''Theatre/TheLionKing'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p05cVqNiPco&feature=related Endless Night.]] The song tends to be quite creepy, and ridiculously heart-breaking when you realize the man singing this version, Jason Raize, Creator/JasonRaize, proceeded to hang himself at the age of 28.


* The scene in ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' where Anita is almost a victim of gang rape is much harsher to watch in the 2020 revival knowing the [[https://www.onstageblog.com/editorals/2019/8/28/why-you-should-boo-amar-ramasar-in-west-side-story-revival massive controversy]] over the casting of Amar Ramasar, who was fired for sharing nude photos of a woman without her consent. This isn't helped by how the 2020 revival makes Anita's assault particularly graphic and even has one member of the Jets ''film it with his smartphone.''

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* The scene in ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' where Anita is almost a victim of gang rape is much harsher to watch in the 2020 revival knowing the [[https://www.onstageblog.com/editorals/2019/8/28/why-you-should-boo-amar-ramasar-in-west-side-story-revival massive controversy]] over the casting of Amar Ramasar, who was fired for sharing nude photos of a woman without her consent. This isn't helped by how the 2020 revival makes Anita's assault particularly graphic and even has one member of the Jets ''film it with his smartphone.''''
*Puccini's opera ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'' is seen in some circles as a critique on the then-concurrent WhiteMansBurden mentality as far as the East was concerned. But the theme resounds much more strongly to modern ears when you consider the opera is set in ''[[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki Nagasaki]]''.


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----* The scene in ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' where Anita is almost a victim of gang rape is much harsher to watch in the 2020 revival knowing the [[https://www.onstageblog.com/editorals/2019/8/28/why-you-should-boo-amar-ramasar-in-west-side-story-revival massive controversy]] over the casting of Amar Ramasar, who was fired for sharing nude photos of a woman without her consent. This isn't helped by how the 2020 revival makes Anita's assault particularly graphic and even has one member of the Jets ''film it with his smartphone.''


* The song "Try to Remember" from the musical comedy ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' took on a much more somber meaning after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Lyrics like "Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh so mellow... Try to remember when life was so tender that no one wept except the willow" reflected the loss of innocence many people felt right after the tragedy. Jerry Orbach sang it at a memorial service at Ground Zero Deep in December, and many lounge singers in Las Vegas added it to their repertoire as some way of trying to make sense of it all.

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* The song "Try to Remember" from the musical comedy ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' took on a much more somber meaning after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Lyrics like "Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh so mellow... Try to remember when life was so tender that no one wept except the willow" reflected the loss of innocence many people felt right after the tragedy. Jerry Orbach sang brought many people to tears singing it at a memorial service at Ground Zero Deep in December, and many lounge singers in Las Vegas added it to their repertoire as some way of trying to make sense of it all.


* The song "Try to Remember" from the musical comedy ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' took on a much more somber meaning after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Lyrics like "Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh so mellow... Try to remember when life was so tender that no one wept except the willow" reflected the loss of innocence many people felt right after the tragedy. JerryOrbach sang it at a memorial service at Ground Zero Deep in December, and many lounge singers in Las Vegas added it to their repertoire as some way of trying to make sense of it all.

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* The song "Try to Remember" from the musical comedy ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' took on a much more somber meaning after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Lyrics like "Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh so mellow... Try to remember when life was so tender that no one wept except the willow" reflected the loss of innocence many people felt right after the tragedy. JerryOrbach Jerry Orbach sang it at a memorial service at Ground Zero Deep in December, and many lounge singers in Las Vegas added it to their repertoire as some way of trying to make sense of it all.


* The song "Try to Remember" from the musical comedy ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' took on a much more somber meaning after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Lyrics like "Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh so mellow... Try to remember when life was so tender that no one wept except the willow" reflected the loss of innocence many people felt right after the tragedy.

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* The song "Try to Remember" from the musical comedy ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' took on a much more somber meaning after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Lyrics like "Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh so mellow... Try to remember when life was so tender that no one wept except the willow" reflected the loss of innocence many people felt right after the tragedy. JerryOrbach sang it at a memorial service at Ground Zero Deep in December, and many lounge singers in Las Vegas added it to their repertoire as some way of trying to make sense of it all.


* When Creator/TheMarxBrothers were performing the UsefulNotes/{{Vaudeville}} circuit in a small Illinois mining town, Jack Wells, the theater manager, pointed out a "No Smoking" sign (which was conspicuously placed so you could barely see it) to Groucho and fined him $10. Chico, acting as spokesman, informed the manager that unless he cancelled the fine, they wouldn't perform. Harpo proposed that they would donate $10 to the Salvation Army if the manager agreed to donate the $10 fine to the Salvation Army. He begrudgingly accepted, and later paid each of the Marxes $112.50 in pennies. As the train left, Harpo jokingly yelled out: "Here's hoping your lousy theater burns down!" The next day, the Marxes read that the theater they had just performed in the night before had burnt to the ground, and the rest decided that Harpo shouldn't speak in their routines.

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* When Creator/TheMarxBrothers were performing the UsefulNotes/{{Vaudeville}} circuit in a small Illinois mining town, Jack Wells, the theater manager, pointed out a "No Smoking" sign (which was conspicuously inconspicuously placed so you could barely see it) to Groucho and fined him $10. Chico, acting as spokesman, informed the manager that unless he cancelled the fine, they wouldn't perform. Harpo proposed that they would donate $10 to the Salvation Army if the manager agreed to donate the $10 fine to the Salvation Army. He begrudgingly accepted, and later paid each of the Marxes $112.50 in pennies. As the train left, Harpo jokingly yelled out: "Here's hoping your lousy theater burns down!" The next day, the Marxes read that the theater they had just performed in the night before had burnt to the ground, and the rest decided that Harpo shouldn't speak in their routines.

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* When Creator/TheMarxBrothers were performing the UsefulNotes/{{Vaudeville}} circuit in a small Illinois mining town, Jack Wells, the theater manager, pointed out a "No Smoking" sign (which was conspicuously placed so you could barely see it) to Groucho and fined him $10. Chico, acting as spokesman, informed the manager that unless he cancelled the fine, they wouldn't perform. Harpo proposed that they would donate $10 to the Salvation Army if the manager agreed to donate the $10 fine to the Salvation Army. He begrudgingly accepted, and later paid each of the Marxes $112.50 in pennies. As the train left, Harpo jokingly yelled out: "Here's hoping your lousy theater burns down!" The next day, the Marxes read that the theater they had just performed in the night before had burnt to the ground, and the rest decided that Harpo shouldn't speak in their routines.


* The title song in ''{{Cabaret}}'' has always been an emotionally loaded number, but after the death of Natasha Richardson, who played Sally in the 1998 revival, it's almost physically painful to listen to, especially in the verses about Elsie.

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* The title song in ''{{Cabaret}}'' ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' has always been an emotionally loaded number, but after the death of Natasha Richardson, who played Sally in the 1998 revival, it's almost physically painful to listen to, especially in the verses about Elsie.

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* "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" from ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' is sung by Christine as she deals with the feelings of grief she's been experiencing since her father's death. The father of Music/SarahBrightman (who originated the role) committed suicide in 1992.


* The song "Try to Remember" from the musical comedy ''TheFantasticks'' took on a much more somber meaning after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Lyrics like "Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh so mellow... Try to remember when life was so tender that no one wept except the willow" reflected the loss of innocence many people felt right after the tragedy.

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* The song "Try to Remember" from the musical comedy ''TheFantasticks'' ''Theatre/TheFantasticks'' took on a much more somber meaning after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Lyrics like "Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh so mellow... Try to remember when life was so tender that no one wept except the willow" reflected the loss of innocence many people felt right after the tragedy.


* An example that doesn't have an event in real life mirroring it, (and played for comedy), the main antagonist of SisterAct, Shanke is singing about getting back his girlfriend after she saw him commit a murder. He uses the line, "When I find my baby, I ain't letting her go." The song is LyricalDissonance and sung to sound like a love song, but the verses following are actually about him drilling, shooting, stabbing, drowning, disemboweling, and [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill giving "her skull a big dent with a blunt instrument"]]. He repeats the line after each verse, (including the first, where he already establishes that he wants to kill her) but by then we get the point.

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* An example that doesn't have an event in real life mirroring it, (and played for comedy), the main antagonist of SisterAct, ''Film/SisterAct'', Shanke is singing about getting back his girlfriend after she saw him commit a murder. He uses the line, "When I find my baby, I ain't letting her go." The song is LyricalDissonance and sung to sound like a love song, but the verses following are actually about him drilling, shooting, stabbing, drowning, disemboweling, and [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill giving "her skull a big dent with a blunt instrument"]]. He repeats the line after each verse, (including the first, where he already establishes that he wants to kill her) but by then we get the point.


* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{KA}}'' has a lot of {{Spectacle}} involving characters seeming to fall, sometimes to their doom, from the two moving stages that create its various settings. Sadly, it was during the climactic WireFu sequence that a performer [[FatalMethodActing actually fell to her death]] during the late show on June 29, 2013. After going on hiatus for investigation, the show reopened July 16 with the scene in question cut, then later readded with all the performers projected onto the wall, with the full sequence being reinstated completely as of late 2014.

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* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{KA}}'' has a lot of {{Spectacle}} involving characters seeming to fall, sometimes to their doom, from the two moving stages that create its various settings. Sadly, it was during the climactic WireFu sequence that a performer [[FatalMethodActing actually fell to her death]] during the late show on June 29, 2013. After going on hiatus for investigation, the show reopened July 16 with the scene in question cut, then later readded cut. Soon after, the scene began to find its way back gradually, with all the performers projected onto the wall, with and now, as of late 2014, the full "Battlefield" sequence being reinstated has now been completely as of late 2014.restored.

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