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1[[quoteright:350:]]˛ [[caption-width-right:350:He's not a loser, and he's gonna make sure you know it.]]˛->''"No, just, 11 o'clock is a significant time. If we were in a musical, this is where I would perform my big 11 o'clock number. [...] An 11 o'clock number is a big showstopping number with some sort of thematic revelation, and it usually happens around 11:00 p.m., because shows used to start at 8:30, but now they start earlier for some reason."''˛-->-- '''Rebecca''', ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' ˛˛So you're almost at the end of the show, and things are looking very uncertain but you know the show's about to end. That's when you know this trope is about to kick in. The Eleven O'Clock Number is a song in [[TheMusical a musical]] placed near the end of the second act, before the plot's loose ends are tied up. The song usually represents an emotional turning point or revelation for the main character(s) and is almost always the last number in the show that isn't a reprise of an earlier song or the absolute final song.˛˛The term is a holdover from the days when all musicals started at 8:30 PM and had to have a climactic song around 11:00, because it was preferable to have audiences out shortly afterwards. In an exception to the anti-rule that musical numbers don't have to be, and usually aren't, written in the order in which they appear in the show, the 11:00 number is very often the last one added to the show.˛˛Largely a {{Theater}} trope. Seen in musicals and works that follow the musical format, as well as the odd ConceptAlbum. Compare and contrast ClimacticMusic.˛----˛!!Examples:˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Animation]]˛* "Poor Jack" from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.˛* "La Resistance" from ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut''.˛** This is the final new song of the film, though it is intercut with reprises of many other previous songs to tie all of the film's themes together. ˛* "A Boy Needs a Dog (Reprise)" from the film of ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet''˛* The "Reprise Remix" from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents: WesternAnimation/SchoolsOutTheMusical''.˛* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'':˛** The first film has "This Is Our Big Night (Reprise)" during the final dance before Twilight has to return to Equestria due to [[WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve the portal closing at midnight]].˛** ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'' has "Welcome to the Show" for the climactic BattleOfTheBands between the Rainbooms and the Dazzlings.˛** ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames Friendship Games]]'' has "Unleash the Magic" leading up to human Twilight's transformation into [[MeaningfulName Midnight]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Sparkle]].˛** ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree Legend of Everfree]]'' has "Legend You Were Meant to Be", performed by the Rainbooms at the Crystal Gala.˛* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' has "I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)" when the title character recovers from her HeroicBSOD at the DarkestHour.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]˛* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'': "Rose Tint My World" or "I'm Going Home".˛* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' has "I Didn't Know I'd Love You So Much".˛* "Hard Candy Christmas" from ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas''.˛* "I'll Begin Again" from ''Film/Scrooge1970''.˛* "Listen" from the film version of ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}''. Perhaps "I Miss You Old Friend" from the original musical. It's in the stage version as well, but that's not the eleven o'clock number, and for that matter, neither is "I Miss You Old Friend." Everyone knows it's "One Night Only".˛* "I Confess" from ''Film/{{Footloose}}''.˛* From the Disney movie ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' there's the song "So Close".˛* The ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' series had:˛** "Breaking Free" from the first film.˛** "Bet On It" and "Everyday" from the second film, though the latter would be most accurate.˛** The third film has the cast's SchoolPlay, which is a medley of nearly all the songs featured in the movie.˛* "Duel Duet" from ''Film/ShockTreatment''.˛* "Within You" from ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''. Technically the Thirteen O'clock Number.˛* "The Show Must Go On" from ''Film/MoulinRouge'', which also doubles as TheSongBeforeTheStorm. Appropriately, it is both [[Music/{{Queen}} operatic]] and [[{{Foreshadowing}} rather]] [[DownerEnding funereal]].˛* "Once and For All" from ''Film/{{Newsies}}''.˛* "Step In Time" from ''Film/MaryPoppins'', and "Anything Can Happen" from the ScreenToStageAdaptation.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛* "Something to Sing About" from the "Once More With Feeling" episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.˛* "You're Going to Be Okay" from [[MusicalEpisode "My Musical"]] in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.˛* The song "Hold on Me" at the end of episode 13 of ''Series/{{Backstage}}'' resolves Bianca's HiddenDepths storyline, but sets up the finale's two major conflicts: the growing tension between Miles and Alya, and [[spoiler:Vanessa's CareerEndingInjury.]]˛* Discussed in ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'''s GrandFinale. Musical theater superfan talks about how how the eleven o'clock number came to be and then sings about her journey so far in a song full of callbacks aptly titled "Eleven O'Clock". ˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Music]]˛* A ConceptAlbum example: "Blind Curve" from ''Music/MisplacedChildhood'' by Music/{{Marillion}}.˛** Another example: "Reptile" from "Music/TheDownwardSpiral" by Music/NineInchNails˛* "Stop" from ''Music/TheWall''. In the film, the song serves the same purpose, but it is sung very quietly and a bit hard to discern.˛* "This Christmas Day" from Music/TransSiberianOrchestra's ''Christmas Eve and Other Stories'', although the argument could be made for "Old City Bar". There are a few other songs in the album following these two, but they're mostly bonus tracks.˛* "First Dance" in Music/SteeleyeSpan's ConceptAlbum of ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}''. It's the point in the book where Tiffany turns the tables on the wintersmith. After that on the album, there's an instrumental of the Dark Morris itself, a celebratory song about the Summer Lady's return, and two thematic epilogues, one about A'Tuin and one about [[Creator/TerryPratchett Sir Terry]]. But the story itself is resolved.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Theater]]˛* "I'm Not a Loser" from ''Theatre/TheSpongeBobMusical'' provides the page image. Squidward reassures himself that [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial he doesn't not have talent]] through a series of ConfusingMultipleNegatives, then summons a sea anemone chorus line and dons a sequin suit for a showstopping tap number.˛* "Champagne" and "When The Sun Goes Down" from ''Theatre/InTheHeights''.˛* "No More" and "No One Is Alone" of ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' fame both have elements of this.˛* "Being Alive" from ''Theatre/{{Company}}''˛* "Move On" from ''Theatre/SundayInTheParkWithGeorge''.˛* "If He Walked into My Life" from ''Theatre/{{Mame}}''.˛* "Memory" from ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''.˛* "Confrontation" from ''Theatre/JekyllAndHyde''.˛* ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'':˛** "The Point of No Return".˛** In the sequel ''Love Never Dies'', this is the title song's function.˛* [[BSODSong "No Good Deed,"]] [[AngryMobSong "March of the Witch Hunters,"]] and [[AwardBaitSong "For Good"]] from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. Notable for all taking place [[MoodWhiplash within moments of each other.]]˛* "When It Ends" from Michael John [=LaChiusa's=] ''Literature/TheWildParty''.˛* "Once We Were Kings" from TheMusical of ''Film/BillyElliot''.˛* "Back to Before" from ''Literature/{{Ragtime}}''.˛* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "An Eleven O'Clock Song"]] from ''Ankles Aweigh''.˛* "Rose's Turn" from ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}''.˛* "From This Day On" from ''Theatre/{{Brigadoon}}''.˛* "The Fire Within Me" from ''Literature/LittleWomen''. Starting as Jo's second BSOD Song after "Astonishing", it culminates with her inspiration for writing ''Little Women'' coming from her sisters. It's arguably the best-written song in the show. ˛* "I'm Going Back" from ''Theatre/BellsAreRinging''.˛* "Those Were The Good Old Days" and "Two Lost Souls" from ''Theatre/DamnYankees''.˛* "With So Little To Be Sure Of" from ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle''.˛* "No One Has Ever Loved Me" from ''Theatre/{{Passion}}''.˛* "Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat" from ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''.˛* "What I Did For Love" from ''Theatre/AChorusLine''.˛* "Fifty Percent" from ''Ballroom''.˛* "Show Stoppin Number" from ''Theatre/TheGuyWhoDidntLikeMusicals'', and the source of the page quote.˛* "Anything You Can Do" from ''Theatre/AnnieGetYourGun''.˛* "Guenivere" from ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}''.˛* "Oklahoma!" from ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}''.˛* ''Theatre/ShowBoat'' originally had an 11:00 song to show off Magnolia's daughter, Kim (here [[IdenticalGrandson played by the same actress as Magnolia]]) in a 1920s-type production number. The original 11:00 song, "It's Getting Hotter in the North" (based on Magnolia's {{Leitmotif}}), was cut and replaced by a reprise of "Why Do I Love You" with impersonations and a jazz dance. The London production used an entirely new 11:00 song, "Dance Away The Night." The 1936 film version built up an elaborate production number around the MovieBonusSong "Gallivantin' Around," which fell victim to editing before it was released. The 1946 Broadway revival used yet another newly written song, "Nobody Else But Me," but dropped the number without replacement when it went on tour. The 1994 Broadway revival replaced it with a dance number, "Kim's Charleston."˛* "Get Out and Stay Out" from ''Film/NineToFive: The Musical''˛* "The I Love You Song" from ''Theatre/TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee''˛* "What Kind Of Fool Am I?" from ''Stop The World -- I Want to Get Off''.˛* "Your Eyes" from ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' is technically the Eleven O'Clock Number, but something must be said for "What You Own".˛* "The Winner Takes It All" from ''Theatre/MammaMia''˛* "Till There Was You"" from ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''˛* "Maybe (Next to Normal)" and "So Anyway" could both fit this in ''Theatre/NextToNormal''.˛* "The American Dream" from ''Theatre/MissSaigon''.˛* "If That's What It Is" from ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}''.˛* ''Theatre/MozartLOperaRock'' has "Victime de ma victoire", which is interestingly a song addressing the emotional turning point of the villain.˛* "We're Not Sorry" from ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}},'' though the turning point is more for the ensemble and ingenue than for the hero. [[spoiler:Hard to have an epiphany when you died two songs ago.]]˛* ''Theatre/LegallyBlonde'' TheMusical has "Legally Blonde", that fits the role even if it's a reprise. There's also "Legally Blonde Remix"˛* "I Believe" in ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'' could technically be this, even though it isn't near the end of the musical.˛* Many Verdi [[{{Opera}} operas]] have one of these, such as "D'amor sull'ali rosee" from ''Il trovatore'' and "Tu che le vanità" from ''Don Carlo''. Soprano Leontyne Price was famous for nailing these after the rest of the cast had tired.˛* "The Meek Shall Inherit" from ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.˛* "All The Wasted Time" from ''Theatre/{{Parade}}''.˛* "Reviewing the Situation" from ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}''.˛* "How Could I Ever Know?" from ''Theatre/TheSecretGarden''. Or "Hold On" or "Race You to the Top."˛* "Funny" from ''Theatre/CityOfAngels'' fits, albeit a little snugly.˛* "Be On Your Own" and "I Can't Make This Movie" from ''Theatre/NineMusical''˛* "I Wish I Could Go Back To College" from ''Theatre/AvenueQ''.˛* "Brotherhood Of Man" from ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying''.˛* "Only He" and "Only You" from ''Theatre/StarlightExpress''.˛* "One Of Those Nights" from the musical of ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''.˛* The murderer's confessions in ''Theatre/{{Drood}}''.˛* "Wrong Note Rag" from ''Theatre/WonderfulTown''.˛* "So Long, Dearie" from ''Theatre/HelloDolly''˛* "I Guess I'll Miss The Man" from ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'' is an understated version.˛* Stephen Sondheim's ''Theatre/{{Follies}}'' has not one but four 11 o'clock numbers, one for each of the principal characters: the comic patter song "Buddy's Blues," the torch ballad "Losing My Mind," the Star Lady turn "The Story of Lucy and Jessie," and, finally, the top-hat-and-tails ditty "Live, Laugh, Love," which features a twist ending: [[spoiler:as debonair Ben realizes that the cheery words he's singing are a horrible lie, he repeatedly flubs the lyrics and finally has a breakdown onstage.]]˛* The concert sequence from ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', which has "Edelweiss" in between an elaborate reprise of "Do-Re-Mi" and a plain repetition of "So Long, Farewell."˛* In ''Theatre/TheCatAndTheFiddle'', Shirley jazzes up the final scene with "Hh! Cha Cha!" (sic), which reuses part of "Why Do I Love You" from ''Theatre/ShowBoat'' as a countermelody.˛* "Not While I'm Around" from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet''.˛* "I Will Still Play" from ''Theatre/TripodVersusTheDragon''.˛* "Someone Like Me" from ''Theatre/DougLive''˛* "Dyin' Ain't So Bad" from Frank Wildhorn's ''Bonnie and Clyde''.˛* Technically "Wenn ich dein Spiegel wär" in ''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}'', though the second-act reprise of "Die Schatten werden länger" stands out more.˛* "Die unstillbare Gier" in ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire''.˛* "Is Anybody There?" from ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''.˛* "Ain't It Good" from ''Theatre/ChildrenOfEden''.˛* "All for You" from ''Theatre/{{Seussical}}''.˛* "It's Always Love" from ''Theatre/{{Sugar}}''. is the third-to-last song. "When You Meet a Man in Chicago" is the second-to-last, but it doesn't fit the "revelation/turning point" part as well (and was originally a reprise anyway), while "It's Always Love" starts with one of the male leads denouncing love, and ends with him admitting that he's in love.˛* "The Big Bow-Wow" in ''[[Franchise/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy! The Musical]]''.˛* "Always Starting Over" in ''Theatre/IfThen''˛* "Keeping Cool with Coolidge" in ''Theatre/GentlemenPreferBlondes'' literally jazzes up the show when the characters and audience are getting tired of GayParee.˛* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' has "Javert's [[spoiler:Suicide]]" at the eleventh hour.˛* "Something Just Broke" from ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'' -- the most emotional song of the show, and one for the ensemble, to boot.˛* "Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat" from ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''. One of the most famous eleven o'clock numbers ever.˛* "Revolting Children" from ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}''.˛* ''Theatre/TheWiz'':˛** "Believe in Yourself" (aka "If You Believe") has Dorothy and her friends realize they had what they wanted all along.˛** An argument could also be made for "Home" in which Dorothy reflects on her entire adventure and what she has learned. Though it takes place at the very end of the show not just near the end.˛* "Somebody's Got Your Back" from the stage version of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.˛* "Sister Act" fittingly from the Stage version of ''Film/SisterAct''.˛* "Those You've Known" from ''Theatre/SpringAwakening''.˛* ''Theater/FunHome'' has three examples, set one after the other at the end of Act II: "Days and Days", "Telephone Wire" and "Edges of The World", leading up to Bruce Bechdel's suicide.˛* "Goodbye Until Tomorrow/I Could Never Rescue You" from ''Theatre/TheLastFiveYears'' ˛* Robert's "It All Fades Away" from ''Theatre/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'' is the second-to-last number in the show and is a sweeping declaration of how, [[spoiler: at the end of his life]], the only thing that has never faded from memory is his and Francesca's love.˛* The Broadway version of ''Theatre/PaintYourWagon'' had "Wand'rin' Star" as its eleven-o-clock number, while the 5th Avenue Theatre's 2016 revision moved "They Call the Wind Maria" to this spot.˛* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'':˛** "Your Obedient Servant", where Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr finally agree to participate in [[spoiler:the infamous duel that will kill Hamilton]] after Burr becomes furious with Hamilton for [[spoiler:endorsing Thomas Jefferson in the election of 1800.]]˛** Another minor example could be "Hurricane", where Alexander Hamilton decides to write The Reynolds Pamphlet and reveal [[spoiler:his affair with Mariah Reynolds]] to the world.˛* The stage musical of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' has the [[DistantDuet Distant Quartet]] "If Only".˛* ''Theatre/MyFairLady'' features "I've Grown Accustomed to her Face," in which Professor Higgins finally realizes that, while arguably not romantically, but platonically has come to care about Eliza, and will genuinely miss her.˛* "[[ Friendship Isn't What it Used to Be]]" from ''Vanities: The Musical''.˛* "[[ The Letter]]" from ''Freedom Bound''.˛* "Freak Flag" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}''.˛* Subverted with "If I Can't Love Her," from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''. Though it fits the thematic criteria, it takes place as the Act 1 finale, not near the end of the show, although there is a TriumphantReprise during the finale ultimo. Played straight however with Belle's "A Change in Me".˛* "Gimme Gimme" from ''Film/ThoroughlyModernMillie'' is the posterchild for this trope.˛* "Without Love" from ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' According to the creators, the Eleven O'Clock Number for Hairspray is "I Know Where I've Been".˛* "Betrayed" from ''Film/TheProducers'' is not only a classic 11 o'clock number, but also a five-minute, one-man summary of the ''entire show'' to that point. [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[RunningGag the other]] [[DoubleEntendre 11 o'clock]] mentioned in the song itself.˛* ''Theatre/DearEvanHansen'' has "Words Fail," which serves as Evan's [[spoiler:[[LiarRevealed Liar Revealed]] moment.]]˛** You could also make an argument that "Good For You" is one as well, as you can draw a direct line plot- and character-development-wise between the two songs.˛* ''Der Glockner Von Notre Dame'' the DarkerAndEdgier adaptation of Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' features "Wie aus Stein/Made of Stone," for Quasimodo and "Einmal/Someday," for Esmerelda and Phoebus.˛* "A Boy Like That/I Have a Love," from ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.˛** "Somewhere," could also qualify.˛* From ''Theatre/NotreDameDeParis'' "Dieu Que Le Monde Est Injuste," for Quasimodo, and "Vivre," for Esmerelda.˛* The London production of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' used the [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory 1971 film's]] "Pure Imagination," while the Broadway production has "The View From Here" as its Eleven O'clock Number.˛* TheMusical of ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion'' has "We're Done", where Romy and Michele, having decided to [[BeYourself Be Themselves]] at the reunion, deliver their TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to [[AlphaBitch Christie]] and her GirlPosse, followed by Sandy's solo number "I Don't Have You", after which he dances with Romy and Michele to an instrumental TriumphantReprise of "It's A Giant Mystery".˛* ''Ride The Cyclone'' has "Be Safe, Be Good", in which [[MysteriousWaif Jane Doe]] [[QuestForIdentity rediscovers her identity]].˛* The ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' Broadway adaptation has ''True Love,'' in which Anna reflects on the mistakes her idealistic belief in OneTrueLove has brought about.˛* The stage adaptation of ''Film/{{Waitress}}'' has "She Used to Be Mine" .˛* ''Falsettos'' has "What Would I Do?" a duet between Marvin and [[spoiler:the dying]] Whizzer˛* The reprise of "Sandra Dee" is this in ''Theatre/{{Grease}}''˛* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Volta}}'' has [[ "Battle of the Man"]], where Waz is initiated into the Freespirits in the Hall of Equals, followed by [[ "Inside Me"]], to which Waz celebrates his newfound freedom with a contemporary dance routine.˛* During "Whispering" from ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'', nothing looks like it's going well. Moritz [[spoiler:has died]], Wendla has just [[spoiler:discovered her pregnancy]], and Melchior [[spoiler:has been expelled]]. However, there are only about 15 minutes left in the show.˛* "Unruly Heart" from ''Theatre/TheProm''.˛* "Spanish Rose" in ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie''.˛* From ''Theatre/AmazingGrace'', "Testimony" in which John has a revelation, culminating in his renewal of faith in God, and vowing to end the slave trade in England to the Lord.˛* From the musical adaptation of''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' has either Elizabeth's "Deep Love" or "Fredrick's Soliloquy".˛* ''Theatre/{{Evita}}'' has "Waltz for Eva and Che".˛** The Revival also borrows from the filmed adaptation's "You Must Love Me."˛* ''Theatre/SpidermanTurnOffTheDark'' has "Boy Falls From the Sky."˛* ''Theatre/{{Hadestown}}'' has "Promises".˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* Asia's "Heat of the Moment", sung ''a capella'' by Cartman and the entire House of Representatives in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Kenny Dies". Singing the song together motivates the representatives into passing stem cell research, Cartman's goal through the episode.˛* "It Won't Be Long" in the ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' season finale "[[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S1E26SummertimeBlues Summertime Blues]]", sung as a farewell song for Blythe leaving over the summer.˛* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': The episode "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey" had "Freedom Beef," a song sung by Professor Utonium where he tells the girls that there is still evil in the world because the gnome has robbed the people of their free will and encourages them to fight for freedom.˛* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': The episode "Mr. Greg" had "Both of You", a song sung by Steven to help Pearl and Greg make up.˛[[/folder]]˛----


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