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re: Most Emotionally Charged Ensemble Numbers

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Sumofallthings
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What do you guys think are the most emotionally-charged ensemble numbers? Numbers with an energy that just pushes them forward and makes the audience merge with the actors emotionally?

My thoughts:

Something Just Broke - Assassins
Louder Than Words - Tick, Tick BOOM!
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zoran912
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Finale B from RENT comes to mind.
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jam_man
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I'm sure everyone else will say it, and I wish I could be more creative, but the only one that comes to mind at this time is the finale of Les Miz. That's all I got, and I wish it wasn't what everyone else will say. But I DID get it first!
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"The man who wishes he had written Phantom of the Opera!" - SueleenGay

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Updated On: 7/30/05 at 01:36 AM
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zoran912
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"Sunday" from SITPWG
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jam_man
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If you ment just pure energy, not just emotion, than one of the most energizing numbers I've ever done was "Light of the World" in Godspell. Also, "We Dance," and "Comedy, Tonight" were big pump-up numbers. pretty much any great opening song done well will have enormous amounts of energy.
"Who is Stephen Sondheim?" -roninjoey
"The man who wishes he had written Phantom of the Opera!" - SueleenGay

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tagiunagi
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We are Decended - Dessa Rose
No One Mourns the Wicked - Wicked
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BwayBoy25
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audition from 42nd street comes to mind...
hear the beat...
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lvpblues
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"Till We Reach That Day" - Ragtime
"Godspeed, Titanic" - Titanic
"Make Our Garden Grow" - Candide
"Oklahoma!" - Oklahoma!
"Impossible Dream" - Finale - Man of La Mancha
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futurewinnerbud
Understudy
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the finale of Titanic
One Day More- Les Meserables
Fall of Saigon- Miss Saigon
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Urban
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To be completely different:

"Chasing the Whos" from "Seussical: The Musical"
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tim10086
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Thank you to lvpblues and futurewinnerbud for suggestion numbers with emotion behind them.
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Albin
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"Seasons of Love"
MojaniD
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Till We Reach That Day from Ragtime always brings tears to my eyes (even sometimes when I listen to the CD).

You'll Never Walk Alone (finale) from Carousel, gets me every time.

BwayBoy, I have to agree with you on the opening number of "42nd Street". I've been known to get choked up during that number!!
pndmnd
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Facade from Jekyll and Hyde

Falling in Love With You (I don't know if that's the real title--the Act I finale of All Shook Up).
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overthemoon419
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"can't help falling in love" and "heartbreak hotel" from ASU
"one day more" from Les Miz
"another day" from Rent
"give peace a chance" from Lennon
"It's not for sissies, contrary to popular belief." - Tommy Tune, on musical theatre.

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Mr Roxy
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The Glory from The Civil War
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
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Denny30
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Secret Garden finale. Also, big number, not so much with the lump in the throat factor is "Light at the End of the Tunnel" from Starlight Express
"I had intended not to intrude myself upon your notice in this effective but alarming costume"
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Liz_Bennet
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Anatevka from Fiddler
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just saw Carousel the other day and "You'll never walk alone" was greatttt.... Also, Another day from Rent.
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Denny30
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Thought of another one..."Reach Right Down" from Starmites-the Musical! Obscure, much
"I had intended not to intrude myself upon your notice in this effective but alarming costume"
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uncageg
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Walk Him Up the Stairs - opening and closing of "Purlie" (Not the current production). It just gave me goosebumps.
Just give the world Love.
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kikki327
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Goodnight Saigon - Movin' Out
Mythus
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This isn't all ensemble, but it's most of them - "Take a look, Lee", the scene and following song from Assassins. I get drawn in by their pleas and emotionally overwhelmed, and then...the gunshot brings me back to reality. It's actually quite scary.
Derek
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"I Know Where I've Been" - Hairspray
"March of the Witch Hunters" - Wicked
Everything from Les Miz
The Finale from Phantom of the Opera
"We Beseech Thee" - Godspell
"Pray" - Once on This Island
"Brotherhood of Man" - How To Succeed
noahrp3
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What I Did For Love- A Chorus Line

I love this song!
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LaCageAuxFollesFan2
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I'd have to go with "Till We Reach That Day" from RAGTIME as well...OMG the feeling that overcomes a person during and after that song is nothing short of cathardic.

Of course I also believe "The Best of Times" from LA CAGE AUX FOLLES is a song that is very Emotionally Charged. When Albin as Zaza breaks into song it may be to entertain the guests at Chez Jaqulene...but, the hidden message of love, support, and undersatdning from Albin to Jean Michele who is about to be wed to a woman, which Albin this is unjust in itself, is not only extremely powerful and emotioanlly charged, but extremely thrilling and rewarding all at the same time.

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