Most Epic Song Climax?

Phan#24601
Stand-by
joined:11/29/11
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 02:19pm
What would you guy say is the most epic song climax from a show tune? For me, it's pretty obvious, but it had to be said: "Memory (Reprise)". Period.
Absolute BEST version of "Memory" ever!
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CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 02:21pm
I love Cats, but that award would have to go to "Dallas... I'm Coming" from the Debbie Does Dallas musical. No question, no contest.
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eperkins
Leading Actor
joined:5/21/07
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 02:25pm
I don't know, but Rose's Turn has got to be way up the list.
Musicaldudepeter
Broadway Star
joined:3/18/10
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 02:26pm
Yeah the 'Everything's coming up Rose' section at the end of Rose's Turn is electric. Especially Lansbury's version.

Also the ending of Cabaret IMO - especially Natasha Richardson's version. Chilling.
WOSQ
Broadway Legend
joined:7/18/03
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 02:31pm
"And I Am Telling You" has a show-stopping moment built into it. The number keeps going for about 16 bars after the audience has lost its mind, to say nothing of the character.

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Brian07663NJ
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 02:35pm
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Liza's Headband
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/13
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 02:42pm
It depends on what your definition of a climax is. In the musical sense, that's a tough one. In the literal sense, but within a musical theatre context, CATSNY is absolutely correct.
The Glenbuck Laird
Understudy
joined:8/25/13
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 05:30pm
You'll never walk alone - end the thread
a-mad
Understudy
joined:8/25/11
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 06:09pm
An obvious (and populist) choice... but I can't deny it - Defying Gravity

2nd choice - (tie) We'll Never Get to Heaven and Let them Hear You (Ragtime)
DooWahDiddy
Featured Actor
joined:8/26/08
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 06:12pm
I nominate "Being Alive". Slow burn... explosion.
a-mad
Understudy
joined:8/25/11
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 06:17pm
^ forgot about that one.... +1!
joshbrown31
Swing
joined:5/3/12
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 06:26pm
The part in Another Winter In a Summer Town from Grey Gardens when they go "my season endeeeeed a long time ago!"

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jdavisinaustin
Swing
joined:7/9/12
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 06:32pm
"Happiness" from Passion, though the climax is at the beginning.

I'd say most of the best ones are from songs written for women ("Rose's Turn" from Gypsy, "Lot's Wife" from Caroline or Change, "Old Maid" from 110 in the Shade). The only male one I can think of is "Soliloquy" from Carousel.
Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 06:48pm
There has never been a time when I heard Memory that I didn't get goose bumps at that one special note - but only when it's sung by BETTY BUCKLEY.
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GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 07:15pm
This is going to be based solely on cast recordings.

Matilda: That gorgeous moment in When I Grow Up when the key changes and the tempo picks up. "And when I grow up, I will have treats every day."

Grey Gardens: When Big and Little Edie hit the harmony on "My season eeeeeeended,"in Another Winter in a Summer town.
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E.Davis
Broadway Legend
joined:1/1/08
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 07:19pm
"This is Not Over Yet" from PARADE is a pretty magical moment.
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jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 07:38pm
I'm glad someone mentioned "Soliloquy", but I'm a little chagrinned no one's mentioned "A Call From the Vatican" yet. Jane Krakowski is pretty epic on that revival recording, if we're taking the OP's question literally.
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AEA AGMA SM
Broadway Legend
joined:8/13/09
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 07:58pm
"but only when it's sung by BETTY BUCKLEY."

There are a lot of fans of the late Laurie Beechman who would disagree with you on that one, Jane.
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g.d.e.l.g.i.
Broadway Legend
joined:6/13/12
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 08:45pm
Ted Neeley.

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Broadway Legend
joined:1/15/13
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 08:45pm
Don't STOP BELIEVING Rock of Agea is about as Epic as it comes. The whole show comes out and sings with great reference of their characters "Journey" from main characters Sherrie and Drew to the strippers and burnouts.
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RozeeRossi
Chorus Member
joined:5/13/13
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 08:49pm
For me, live, Once and For All from Newsies when the three levels are coming at you and the music just nails you. Never gets old for me.
justoldbill
Broadway Star
joined:10/17/07
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 09:08pm
For my money, it's the "Ol' Man River" Finale Ultimo of the 1951 film of SHOW BOAT. It just doesn't stop. Add to that the close-up of Ava Gardner gently blowing a kiss to the departing Cotton Blossom, and you have something to remember.
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GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 09:13pm
If we're talking about Newsies I love when the chorus comes crashing in at the end of the King of New York dance break.
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JoeKv99
Broadway Legend
joined:12/27/04
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 09:46pm
Oh COME on! Judge Turpin's climax during Johanna!
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loudshroom
Swing
joined:9/28/11
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 10:03pm
"Listening to You" (Tommy)
After Eight
Broadway Legend
joined:6/5/09
Most Epic Song Climax?
Posted: 9/11/13 at 10:59pm
I find that the most exhilarating song climaxes come from the flurries, fillips, and flourishes the orchestra can add to a song after the singer stops singing. These can turn a wonderful climax into something transcendent.

Two of the most striking examples of this are found in my two favorite songs from Kwamina, both sung by the sublime, incomparable Sally Ann Howes: "You're As English As" and "What Happened to Me Tonight?" (A question I often ask myself after staggering out of some of today's unspeakable theatrical entities.)

In the latter piece, both the song and our hearts take flight as Ms. Howes's voice builds to a crescendo with her rapturous, repeated plea for new-found joy, "I hope it will stay!" After which the orchestra swells, swirls, and transports us all to a state of unfettered bliss. Oh, how many times when I listened to this song in those halcyon days did I too hope that the rapture it inspired would stay!

And fifty years later......

It has!



Updated On: 9/11/13 at 10:59 PM

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