Honestly why should I be waiting until 11 o'clock to be blown away?
By Rozzie Heeger (student/writer)
In the theatre-sphere you hear often the trope, "11 o'clock number", a song sung usually deep into the second act of a musical; something power-housey that doesn't always move the story along so much as it shows the lead actor/actress's vocal chops.
But I think we should be focusing on other things. More important things. Things that get you through the show. The numbers that remind you, when ten minutes later you're sitting with the house lights up thinking about the show you're watching, why you like to see theatre in the first place. What we, right now, will call, the 9:15-ish number: the numbers that close the first act of the show.
So, without further ado, here are five really really really good ones*, in not much of an order.
*I hesitate to say "best" ones, as I have not seen every single musical ever and therefore would undoubtedbly leave one or many out of the mix.