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Signature Scenes of the theatre.

  • Annie:
    • The kids at Miss Hannigan's Home for Girls bemoaning their "Hard Knock Life".
    • Annie singing "Tomorrow" and inspiring President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
    • Annie and Daddy Warbucks' Parental Love Song in the finale, "I Don't Need Anything But You".
  • Be More Chill:
    • Jeremy and Michael's argument at the Halloween Party, leading into the breakout hit of the show, "Michael in the Bathroom."
    • 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.
  • Cats: Grizabella's ascent to the Heaviside Layer.
  • Chicago:
    • All That Jazz
    • Cellblock Tango.
  • 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".
  • Don Giovanni: The Commendatore's statue confronting Don Giovanni and sending him to hell.
  • Elisabeth:
    • Der Tod invading Elisabeth's wedding to Franz Joseph.
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    • The recreation of the Empress' Royal Portrait at the end of Act One.
  • The entire "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada" sequence in Evita, but particularly "Don't Cry For Me Argentina."
  • 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."
  • 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: "Agony".
  • The spanking scene in Kiss Me Kate.
  • La Bohème: The death of Mimí.
    • Christine's journey to the lair by gondola.
  • Les Misérables
    • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 at Prince Seigfried's ball; one of the most notoriously challenging routines in all of ballet.
  • 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.
    • 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.
      • Act V Scene 2, the mechanicals nonsensical play, as the court snipes at them. Followed by Puck's addressing to the audience.
    • Romeo and Juliet: 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.

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