BWW's Brightest Moments on Broadway: Show-Stopping Numbers from Musicals Now Playing

October 20
3:01 PM 2013
BWW's Brightest Moments on Broadway: Show-Stopping Numbers from Musicals Now Playing
A showstopper from any (good) Broadway musical has to do a number of things right: it's got to leave audiences with something to remember; deliver a sense of power through choreography, a performer's voice, or lyrics (though preferably a spot-on combination of all three)--regardless of where it falls within a show.

The task of encapsulating an entire musical involving Ugandan warlords, closeted Mormons, and amphibious fornication might prove to be rough for the average lyricist; but SOUTH PARK masterminds Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and lyricist/playwright/composer Robert Lopez have done it nicely with the THE BOOK OF MORMON's 11 o'clock performance of "Tomorrow is a Latter Day" and anthem "I Believe." As do KINKY BOOTS' flashy footwear-driven "Raise You Up/Just Be," proving everyone loves a good drag queen in six-inch heels, or PIPPIN's big reveal in "Finale/Magic Shows and Miracles."

Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a collection of some of the finest show-stopping numbers, currently featured on the Great White Way!

To sound off on your favorite show-stopper, cast your votes for part one here and part two here.

"A New Deal for Christmas"
ANNIE

"Be the Hero (Reprise)"
BIG FISH

"I Believe"
THE BOOK OF MORMON

"Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag"
CHICAGO


"Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful"
CINDERELLA

"Something That Will Last"
FIRST DATE

"Who Loves You"
JERSEY BOYS

"Raise You Up/Just Be"
KINKY BOOTS

"Circle of Life (Reprise)"
THE LION KING

"The Winner Takes It All"
MAMMA MIA!

"Revolting Children"
MATILDA

"Can I Close the Door (on Love)"
MOTOWN

"Once and for All"
NEWSIES

"Falling Slowly (Reprise)"
ONCE

"The Point of No Return"
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

"Finale/Magic Shows and Miracles"
PIPPIN

"Don't Stop Believin"
ROCK OF AGES

"The Boy Falls From the Sky"
SPIDER-MAN

"For Good"
WICKED

Photos by Joan Marcus


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