Follow TV Tropes


Big No / Theatre

Go To

Big "NOOOOO!": Theatre Edition.

  • Lucy has one of these in 13 when Brett asks Kendra out.
  • Bill Francouer's Babes in Toyland gives the Big No to Barnaby and his henchmen, the villains of the show, shortly after their defeat sequence.
  • When Mimi dies of consumption at the end of La Bohème, her boyfriend Rodolfo rushes to her side sobbing and crying her name.
  • Cats has one of these in 'The Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles'.
    The rest of the Jellicles: (barking loudly)
    Munkustrap: NOOOOOOOO!
  • Hamilton:
    • A rare ENSEMBLE instance, as they all do this during his affair with Maria Reynolds in "Say No To This."
    • Burr gets one in "The Room Where It Happens."
    • Eliza gets an anguished, heartbreaking one when Philip dies and hugs his body. This is only in the stage version.
  • In the version of Hamlet in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), the scene where Hamlet kills Polonius involves Polonius, in 'slow motion', saying, "NOOOOOOO, iiiit wiiiill huuuurt, ow, Iiiii toooold yoooou."
  • Don Giovanni, Act II, Scene V:
    The Statue: Pentiti!
    Don Giovanni: No!
    The Statue: Pentiti!
    Don Giovanni: No!
    The Statue: Si!
    Don Giovanni: No!
    The Statue: Si!
    Don Giovanni: No!
    Leporello: Si, si!
    Don Giovanni: No! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!
  • In the Heights introduces Vanessa as she's speaking on the phone to one 'Mr. Johnson', who is implied to be the landlord for the new apartment she's moving to:
  • Advertisement:
  • Some versions of Miss Saigon actually go out on this trope, with Chris cradling Kim's corpse and letting out a great big "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" which continues for a few seconds after the curtain falls. Other versions replace this with a closing number.
  • In On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning), a cannibal absorbs the memories of those he eats. He replicates the reaction of his last victim, followed by a big belch.
  • In Parade, in "That's What he Said", in which a man makes a vivid (and false) testimony about the lead raping and murdering a 13-year-old girl.
    Conley: He said no, no, and his eyes were wild and his face was red he said "NOOOOOOOO!"
  • In The Phantom of the Opera, it is fairly common to hear one when the Phantom snaps during the "All I Ask of You" reprise. Depending on the actor, this can be a literal Big No, several small ones, and/or an inarticulate cry of rage.
    • In the sequel Love Never Dies, the Phantom has a Big No after Christine dies in his arms.
  • In the musical version of Ragtime, Coalhouse Walker does a ridiculous big NOOOOOOO! when he finds out Sarah died, followed by a nice long angry reprise.
  • Advertisement:
  • At the end of RENT, when it appears that Mimi is dying, Roger sings out a rather long "NOOOOOOOO!" to segue into "Your Eyes". Thus adding insult to injury.
  • In Rock of Ages during "We Built This City/Too Much Time on My Hands":
    Hertz: We'll rid this city of rock and roll!
    • And Franz towards the end of "The Final Countdown".
  • In Spring Awakening some Melchiors have been known to pull out this trope in the graveyard upon finding Wendla's grave, and off-Broadway Melchior used to have one in the reformatory after learning that Wendla is pregnant.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Sweeney gets one at the end of "Poor Thing" when Mrs. Lovett finishes her story of the ill fate that befell Lucy Barker, revealing himself to be Benjamin Barker.
  • Toy Story had an adaptation in theatrical form, titled Toy Story: The Musical. In the scene where Buzz watches the commercial, unlike the movie, Buzz is still convinced he is not a toy. (Though in one version, he starts to realize that he is a toy.) Woody enters to find Buzz on the crate, and Woody asks Buzz what he is doing, and Buzz says that he is doing what he is meant to do. Then, while singing "To infinity and beyond!", Buzz then tries to fly. How does Woody react?
    Woody: (in one version) Buzz! NOOOOOOOOO!
  • In Twice Charmed, Cinderella does one when Lady Tremaine breaks her slipper, and the Grand Duke does one when she breaks the other one.
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? features one of the best Big Nos of all time, when Martha cries out "Nooooooooo!" after George finally announces their fictional son is dead. Elizabeth Taylor in the film version makes a magnificent cry that has to be seen to be believed.

Alternative Title(s): Theater


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: