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Signature Scenes of the theatre.


  • & Juliet: Juliet waking up to find Romeo dead and not committing suicide.
  • Angels in America:
    • Prior telling Louis that he has AIDS.
    • Roy Cohn receiving his AIDS diagnosis and explaining to his doctor why he’s not a homosexual.
    • Joe stripping off all his clothing outside in front of Louis.
    • Prior being visited by the titular angel.
    • Prior’s venture into Heaven.
  • Annie:
    • The kids at Miss Hannigan's Home for Girls bemoaning their "Hard Knock Life".
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    • Annie discovering Sandy on the street and singing the iconic "Tomorrow".
    • The reprise of "Tomorrow" with Annie singing at the White House and inspiring President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt with the plan for "A New Deal".
    • Annie and Daddy Warbucks' Parental Love Song "I Don't Need Anything But You".
    • Miss Hannigan finally loosing her mind, and being carted away
    • The Finale in which the Warbucks, the orphans and the Roosevelts celebrate a "New Deal For Christmas"
  • Anything Goes:
    • The titular number, particularly the tap dance break.
    • Reno’s lively performance of “Blow Gabriel Blow” which gets every character off the butts, and singing and dancing.
    • Reno and Moonface engaging in some Ham-to-Ham Combat during “Friendship”.
  • Be More Chill:
    • Jeremy and Michael's argument at the Halloween Party, leading into the breakout hit of the show, "Michael in the Bathroom."
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    • The entire mall sequence, from the SQUIP's entrance to the illusions he casts of the better life he can offer Jeremy.
  • The Book of Mormon:
  • Bye Bye Birdie's signature moment is probably the "Telephone Hour" song; nothing else in the show is quite as iconic as a massive choral number where several dozen teenagers call each other to gossip, though Hugo decking Conrad on the Ed Sullivan show is close.
  • Carousel:
    • The Opening at the carnival in which Billy and Julie meet.
    • Billy's dramatic Soliloquy after learning he is about to be a father.
    • Louise's Ballet
    • Billy earning his place in Heaven
  • Cats:
    • The Jellical Ball
    • Grizabella's ascent to the Heaviside Layer.
  • Chicago:
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    • All That Jazz
    • Cellblock Tango.
  • Cyrano de Bergerac:
  • Dear Evan Hansen:
    • The Connor Project and "You Will Be Found".
    • Evan and Jared faking an email exchange between Evan and Connor in "Sincerely, Me".
    • Evan’s "I Am" Song; “Waving Through A Window”.
  • Don Giovanni: The Commendatore's statue confronting Don Giovanni and sending him to hell.
  • Elisabeth:
    • Der Tod invading Elisabeth's wedding to Franz Joseph.
    • The recreation of the Empress' Royal Portrait/the Sternkleid (Star Dress) at the end of Act One.
    • Death's seduction of Rudolf in the form of a villainous pep talk.
  • The entire "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada" sequence in Evita, but particularly "Don't Cry For Me Argentina."
  • Fences: The "Why don't you like me" scene where the main character's son asks him why he doesn't seem to care much for him, and the father says that even though he has obligations to the son, he doesn't have to like him. While the father implicitly does like his son and is trying to give him important life advice, his coldness towards his son ends up alienating him.
  • Funny Girl: A very pregnant Fanny playing a virginal bride onstage.
  • The blood dripping down from the ceiling onto the sheriff in The Girl of the Golden West.
  • The staircase scene/title song from Hello, Dolly!.
  • The "Mack Sennett Ballet" from the musical High Button Shoes.
  • Gypsy: Mama Rose's Eleven O'Clock Number "Roses Turn", and her Act 1 Finale "Everything's Coming Up Roses".
  • Hadestown:
    • Orpheus journey to Hadestown, "Wait For Me."
    • Hades’ chillingly hypnotic performance of “Why We Build The Wall”.
    • Eurydice belting the last verse of "Wait For Me II".
    • The inevitable moment when Orpheus looks back.
  • Hamilton:
    • The opening number, which goes through the first nineteen years of Alexander Hamilton's life up to his arrival in New York.
    • Hamilton aiming his pistol at the sky instead of shooting at Burr, immortalized in the show's promotional image.
  • Hairspray:
    • "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now" as Tracy, Penny, and Amber lobby their respective mothers for more independence.
    • "I Know Where I've Been", the emotional crux of the story.
    • "You Can't Stop the Beat", the lively finale in which nearly the entire ensemble gets a moment to shine.
  • Into the Woods:
    • The opening number.
    • "Agony".
    • Cinderella and the Baker comforting and passing advice on to Little Red Riding Hood and Jack.
    • The Witch Warning the audience what they teach their children as "Children Will Listen".
  • The spanking scene in Kiss Me, Kate.
  • La Bohème: The death of Mimí.
  • Les Misérables
    • The turntable.
    • Fantine singing " I Dreamed A Dream", especially in the movie musical.
    • Javert and Valjean's confrontation.
    • "One Day More"
    • The death of Eponine.
    • Enjolras' Crucified Hero Shot.
  • Fences: The scene where Cory asks his father Troy why Troy doesn't seem to like him, and Troy responds that he doesn't have to like him.
  • Little Shop of Horrors: Audrey II revealing that it can talk, and subsequently singing "Feed Me Seymour".
  • The famous mad scene in Lucia di Lammermoor, with the Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress.
    • Even before that, there's the Sextet with Lucia, Edgardo, Enrico, Raimondo, Alisa, and Arturo.
  • Madame Butterfly
    • The aria "Un bel dí."
    • Cio-Cio-San's suicide.
  • The Magic Flute:
    • The Queen of the Night's revenge aria.
    • Tamino captivating a throng of wild animals with the flute's music.
    • Papageno and Papagena's duet.
  • The helicopter evacuation scene in Miss Saigon.
  • My Fair Lady: "Move yer bloomin' arse!"
    • The Act 1 finale, Eliza's Cinderella like entrance as a proper lady at the top of the Staircase before being escorted to the Embassy ball by Higgins and Pickering.
  • Noises Off: The Second Act backstage shenanigans.
  • Oklahoma!: Laurie's Dream.
  • Peter Pan: Peter asking the audience to clap their hands in order to save Tinker Bell's life.
  • The chandelier crash in The Phantom of the Opera.
    • Likewise, Christine and the Phantoms catacomb descent/boat ride to his candlelit lair to the Rock Anthem Title Song.
  • The Play That Goes Wrong: The set completely falling apart during the shows climax.
  • Pygmalion: "Not bloody likely!"
  • RENT: "Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes..."
  • William Gillette's Sherlock Holmes escaping from Moriarty's Gas Chamber, using a lighted cigar butt as a ruse.
  • The SpongeBob Musical: All the cartoony sound effects performed by the live foley artists off stage.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: The murder ballad opening number.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire has... "STELLA!!!"
  • Swan Lake: Odile the Black Swan's astonishing pas de deux coda at Prince Seigfried's ball, one of the most notoriously challenging variations in all of ballet.
  • Tanz Der Vampire:
    • Count von Krolock abducting Sarah.
    • Sarah attending the Vampire Ball.
  • Eliza crossing the ice in stage versions of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
  • West Side Story:
    • The snappy opening that establishes the ongoing gang war between the Jets and Sharks.
    • Also, the Rumble, and the subsequent deaths of Riff and Bernardo once things go awry.
    • The end, where in a departure of Shakespeare, Maria lives and calls out both gangs for being so consumed by hatred for all the bloodshed.
  • Wicked:
    • The song "Popular": "La, la, la, la! We're gonna make you pop-u-lar!"
    • The "Defying Gravity" number: "I'm flying high, defying gravity!"
    • The "For Good" song: "Because I knew you, I have been changed... For Good."
  • William Shakespeare:
    • Hamlet:
      • Prince Hamlet with the skull: "Alas, poor Yorick..."
      • Hamlet's other great speech: "To be or not to be...". In pop culture, this is frequently conflated with the above example, by having Hamlet recite the speech while holding a skull.
    • Henry V: The Saint Crispin's Day speech.
    • Julius Caesar: The titular character's assassination.
    • Macbeth: Lady Macbeth and her guilt-ridden Out, Damned Spot!. Trope Namers.
    • The Merchant of Venice: Shylock's intensely moving monologue that's had people empathizing with this criminal for centuries — "If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream:
      • Oberon and Robin/Puck's enchanting of Titania and Bottom.
      • Likewise, Robin accidental enchanting Lysander to fall in love with Helena, with Oberon enchanting Demetrius to also fall in love with Helena in an attempt to counteract his spell, leaving a confused/angered Hermia jilted by her lover and her fiancee.
      • Act V Scene 2, the mechanicals nonsensical play, as the court snipes at them. Followed by Puck's addressing to the audience on behalf of the cast, assuring them that if they were offended by the proceedings on stage, to think of it all as nothing more than a Midsummer Night's Dream.
    • Romeo and Juliet:
      • The massive brawl in the opening scene and the arrival of Prince Escalus to quell the disturbance.
      • The balcony scene. "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" Interestingly enough, no balcony is mentioned in the script, only a window. The balcony just became a popular staging device because it gave Juliet more physical space to emote and be seen by the audience than a window would.
      • Romeo and Juliet committing suicide.
      • Escalus' condemnation of both the Montagues and the Capulets for their frivolous feud, resulting in the death of their children, his kinsman Mercutio and Paris, and Tybalt, and revealing the true tragedy of the show to be the cost of hatred.

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