Favorite Final Moment of a Show?

Littleshopofcarrie
Featured Actor
joined:12/9/12
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 04:02pm
What is your favorite final moment of a broadway show? One of mine would have to be the final moment of the Phantom of the Opera, with Meg holding the Phantom mask up or the 2008 revival of Gypsy when the lights went out on the ROSE sign.

Updated On: 12/28/13 at 04:02 PM
gleek4114
Broadway Star
joined:5/24/13
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 04:22pm
I think Wicked has a great final moment. Also in Sweeney when Todd and Lovett rise from the dead.
bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 04:29pm
Jekyll and Hyde and Dracula with Emma and Mina both losing their loves. The final chords in both shows are so chilling.
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The Josh
Featured Actor
joined:10/7/10
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 04:40pm
The Broadway production of The Normal Heart. I get chills just thinking about it. Same goes for the most recent revival of Hair.
wicked4l
Leading Actor
joined:5/19/06
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 04:48pm
Wicked is probably my favorite. I love the silhouette of Fiyero and Elphaba walking into the mist. The current revival of Pippin is also pretty powerful with Theo up on the trapeze.
trentsketch
Broadway Legend
joined:6/25/09
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 05:00pm
I thought the final scene in The Drowsy Chaperone was very effective.
indytallguy
Stand-by
joined:7/13/08
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 05:09pm
Floyd Collins walking off into the distance with the sound of his voice repeatedly echoing around him has stuck with me for more than a decade.

And while not nearly as emotion-inducing as the penultimate moment at the close of the first act, the blank white canvas at the end of Sunday in the Park with George is a favorite.
DanJones451
Swing
joined:12/27/13
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 05:15pm
Grey Gardens, Fun Home, Sweeney Todd
KathyNYC2
Broadway Star
joined:12/2/10
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 05:21pm
I am not a huge fan of all aspects of Matilda = but the final cartwheel off the stage is about a perfect moment as I can imagine.

Also love the final moment of Ragtime, when the child of each family all walk on stage together.....and She Loves Me when Georg and Amalia realize who they are to each other.

But the most "goosebumps" moment for me is the finale of 1776 with the scrim of the actual Declaration of Independence being superimposed with all the men signing it as in the famous painting of the event...with the orchestra and bells honoring the moment. Now that was Theater...with a capital T.
jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 05:32pm
1776 indeed! When well-executed, chills of the highest order.

I may be in the minority, but THE NANCE's ending was spectacularly memorable for me. A livelihood shatters to an end as the very theatre itself seems ready to collapse. A gasp-inducing flourish of obsolescence.

JERUSALEM also was one of the most thrilling final moments, with Mark Rylance pounding his entire damaged and bloody soul into that drumbeat and what seemed like the entire audience yearning to hear giants' footsteps or see the leaves of the trees shake. Maybe it was just me, but it felt all-encompassing.

Also, I know I raved about Geoffrey Rush in EXIT THE KING on here recently, but the literal last gasp of his performance is seared into my memory.
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PositivelyEmerald
Stand-by
joined:7/24/11
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 05:38pm
Scottsboro Boys. Hands down the most powerful moment I've seen.

The revival of evita was alsoo well done.

Updated On: 12/28/13 at 05:38 PM
ray-andallthatjazz86
Broadway Legend
joined:8/2/05
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 08:05pm
Few things can beat the image of the characters from "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" bowing to George in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, as well as the final moment of the show. Then there's the "Hi, girls, Ben, Sally" moment in FOLLIES, which just kills me every time.
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GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 08:47pm
Great question.

Miss Honey and Matilda cartwheeling toward their house
Violet crawling up to Johnna in the attic - August: Osage County
Mary Poppins flying out over the audience
I leave the room smiling.
TonyVincent
Broadway Legend
joined:2/25/08
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 08:55pm
Has to be SUNDAY for me, specifically the '08 revival. All the other characters leave the stage and suddenly the entire stage is a bright, pure white.

"White: a blank page or canvas. His favorite--so many possibilities." *ding* ("Sunday" interval)
Movidude742
Stand-by
joined:6/1/11
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 09:23pm
So much this. I enjoyed the show but wasn't wowed by it. But when George ir facing the audience and reading from the notebook as the set erases itself was awesome, but his gasp as he turned around and saw the infinite possibilities, It flipped me into a fan. Literal chills in the final moment
Huey's Pop
Stand-by
joined:4/19/05
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 10:14pm
Rent and In The Heights had very emotional, stirring final scenes.
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 10:36pm
The end of Will Rogers where he walks off into the light.
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TheatreKid3
Broadway Star
joined:3/25/12
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 11:09pm
When the music swells at the end of BILLY ELLIOT as Michael rides off and Billy walks away, I lose it every time.

MARY POPPINS' final flight is also one of the most captivating endings in all of modern musical theatre IMO.
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 11:12pm
The return of the mermaid in Big Fish
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adam.peterson44
Broadway Star
joined:9/7/11
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 11:19pm
Wicked has my favorite final moment of a show. In the Heights, Carousel, Next to Normal, and Les Miserables are also powerful for me.
JBroadway
Featured Actor
joined:4/6/12
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/28/13 at 11:56pm
most of my favorites have already been said (particularly the Scottsboro Boys. one of the most incredible final moments I've ever seen)

I'd also add:
Parade
The Story of my Life
Man of la Mancha
Dog Sees God
Porgy and Bess
Emmaloucbway
Broadway Star
joined:10/16/11
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/29/13 at 12:00am
I really love the reworked finale used in the current revival of Pippin.
Also love Scottsboro Boys.
And Mary Poppins. Pure theatrical magic.
musicaljen
Swing
joined:11/27/13
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/29/13 at 12:17am

I think that the best finals are from the sound of music. The heavenly nuns chorus
along with the view of the von trap family walking on the hills for Switzerland, and
also the last scene from Les Mis. Those two always move me to tears
Mr. Nowak
Featured Actor
joined:5/20/13
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/29/13 at 12:43am
SHE LOVES ME all the way. It's so perfect and fills me with such happiness as Amalia looks at him and realizes he is Dear Friend, and then they embrace as the curtain falls. Perfect release of dramatic tension. I just watched the '78 TV version last night so it is very fresh in my mind.
promisespromises2
Featured Actor
joined:5/23/13
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/29/13 at 01:19am
Wicked's ending pisses me off because I'm more in love with the ending of Maguires book.

But I adored Big Fish's ending. And I weirdly loved Next to Normals ending as well. And Billy Elliot and Les Mis. I'm an emotion seeker, I love to be moved at the end!
undercoveractor
Stand-by
joined:9/12/08
Favorite Final Moment of a Show?
Posted: 12/29/13 at 01:27am
I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the final moments in the '98 CABARET. I hope that it is as stunning this spring.

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