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Stage musical

  • 'What Would You Do?', particularly as Fraulein Schneider is likely - and unfortunately - right about everything she says. The aftermath has her being strong until she finally breaks and runs out.
  • The reprise of 'Married.'
    • Let's face it, the entire Fraulein Scheinder and Herr Schutlz relationship is the saddest part of the show.
    • The worst part is that it really looks like he'll convince her about giving the marriage a chance... and then the brick flies through the window.
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  • The title song. Natasha Richardson's tragic death does not help. The revival often features the Emcee flinging himself forward at the final as the lights flicker out - implying he leapt onto the electric fence.
  • The Emcee's ending is two kinds of tragic, depending on how one interprets his presence in the play. If he's just a symbol for Germany, start to finish, then that final reveal in the prison uniform is a What Have I Become? moment. But if you interpret the Emcee as also being a real character, then we're seeing a broken human being who was once the Master of Ceremonies, now another Jewish and gay victim of the Holocaust.
  • Sally's confession that she has had the abortion, she is broken, almost a shell of herself, when she hits at the act Clifford doesn't clock it, but when she tells him, he responses with a slap, she remarks it would of ended this way with or without a baby, then Cliff gives Sally a train ticket for Paris. She pretends to be the old Sally with a witty remark, clearly she won't try to find him but she pleads with him to give her something in the book he will write about them. As he shuts the door she sits alone as the lights fade.
    • In the original 1966 script, Sally starts off catty after being hit, then she apologises to Cliff for doing it.
  • The introduction of the title song works, too. The Emcee sounds so broken when he tries to give a boisterous introduction to Sally. He also looks seedier; in some versions he has visible track marks on his own.
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  • During some versions of the title song, Sally puts a noticeable pause between "The day she died" and "the neighbors came to snicker." There's two possible interpretations for that pause both of which are depressing: If the song is just a metaphor for what Sally's going through, then it could be the moment she realizes what fate her hard-core partying lifestyle will lead her to. If the song is something that actually happened to Sally, then she's reliving her friend Elsie's death and how she overheard people making fun of her on the day she died.

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1972 film

  • When Sally reveals to Brian that her Father didn't fly in to see her (having changed his plans), she angrily vows to be the star, it's clear that she was neglected by him and that while she feels he loves her it's a flawed attempt. She then breaks down blaming herself for not being enough.
  • During "Tomorrow Belongs to Me", one elderly extra pointedly does not sing along, looking disturbed and anxious the whole time, while everyone else around him joins in. He's probably going to the camps soon, too.
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