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Post Most memorable finale numbers?
A few I can think of are:


"Our Time" in Merrily We Roll Along
Title song reprise in Camelot
"Rose's Turn" in Gypsy
"It Was Just a Passing Phase/Love Like That" in Passing Strange
"Another Winter" in Grey Gardens
"Make Our Garden Grow" in Candide
"Let the Sunshine In" in Hair
"Being Alive" in Company
"I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" in My Fair Lady


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"Sail on, sail on great ship Titanic!"

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Post Re: Most memorable finale numbers?
You Can't Stop The Beat from Hairspray comes to mind first. One of the instances where it it works having a new song as the closing number in order to make it the big song of the show. More commonly, shows reprise their big song at the end to remind the audiences of it and to get them singing it as they leave, which is a much safer bet than introducing a new song that might not be good enough to do the same job (e.g. Look At Me from Witches of Eastwick)

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What about Sunday from SITPWG?

Besides, I still adore the finale for Which Witch, where Maria Vittoria is burned on the stake :D

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Post Re: Most memorable finale numbers?
I agree for "Sunday" and "Rose's turn".
I also think the finale of Pippin and "only in the movie" from Kiss of the Spider Woman are quite impressive.

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Post Re: Most memorable finale numbers?
i agree with mama rose's picks and 'titanic" I think the Camelot finale is one of the single most emotional moments in theatre.

I'll add..

Parade - old red hills (reprise)
Faollies - Live Laugh & Love.

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Post Re: Most memorable finale numbers?
Mama Rose wrote:
"Being Alive" in Company


Am I the only one that finds "Being Alive" a rather hollow ending to an otherwise remarkable show? It kind of just bails on its convictions in favor of a more feel-good message and leaves a poor taste in my mouth (beautiful though it is as a song).


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Flynn wrote:
Mama Rose wrote:
"Being Alive" in Company


Am I the only one that finds "Being Alive" a rather hollow ending to an otherwise remarkable show? It kind of just bails on its convictions in favor of a more feel-good message and leaves a poor taste in my mouth (beautiful though it is as a song).


Probably not, what do you think of the likely alternative (now as the change of plot has eliminated Multitudes of Amys, and Marry Me a Little is used as a first act closer), Happily Ever After?

I think it could have been included as an alternative to be performed, so that a director may chose.

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I much prefer "Happily Ever After" as a closer to the show, provided it's followed by the original closing scene it was written with. On its own it's far too bitter.


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Being Alive was the perfect ending..... everything that happens in the show is essentially building to Bobby's realization that he's ready. Happily Ever After would have been a total cop-out.

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I think it's the other way round, actually. The basic theme of the show (especially as it applies in 1970) is a deconstruction of the American institution of marriage, and focusing on how people have changed in their attitudes and views around it. It seems to me the show is building towards a basic message of commitment meaning different things to people, and as such marriage isn't for everyone.

So with that message in place, the show has to tread a fine line with Bobby in showing that, yes, he's ready for commitment, but no, that commitment doesn't mean marriage- or at the very least, not yet. So the best ending for me is the original Boston one- "Happily Ever After" coupled with the final scene where Bobby reaches out to a girl in Central Park (thus showing he is ready for some kind of commitment). "Happily Ever After" may skew too far in its vilification of marriage, but "Being Alive" goes too far in the other direction by directly saying "nope, marriage is best and that's that". It just erases so much of the complexity of the show for me.


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Perhaps Bobby is simply rejecting the conventions of marriage, but it doesn't feel that way. Just showing him meeting a girl in Central Park isn't enough to convince me that he's ready to commit to someone.... what is there to suggest that he would treat her any differently than any of his other partners? "Being Alive" is just much stronger.

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