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Happiest Finales?
Posted by GlindatheGood22 2012-12-30 12:06:41

I remember when I saw In the Heights I just sat through the finale with the biggest smile on my face. I don't usually go for feel-good shows, but I do love a joyful finale. So. What are some of your favorites?

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Posted by FindingNamo 2012-12-30 12:09:43

You Can't Stop the Beat.

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Posted by Kad 2012-12-30 12:19:07

Yeah, I was thinking the same, Namo. It's hard to think of a more upbeat, joyous finale.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-12-30 12:48:00

I had the same exact thought!^

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Posted by TheatreDiva90016 2012-12-30 12:49:13


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Posted by darquegk 2012-12-30 12:54:09

The finale to A Very Potter Musical, though sloppy in its original run, carries an undeniable JOY of writing and performing with it- listening to the album or seeing the video there is an unmistakeable feeling of triumph and shared glee in that performance.

As far as finales that in and of themselves are immediately happy and leave you feeling buzzed, if you can make it through "The Time Warp Reprise" at the end of Rocky Horror without laughing, cheering and feeling like you just had the time of your life, the cast did the show wrong. Also, the Les Mis finale will either make you cry, or leave you beaming with your heart beating.

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Posted by RENT_is_Wicked2 2012-12-30 13:36:17

Who Loves You from Jersey Boys, You Can't Stop The Beat from Hairspray, Spread The Love Around from Sister Act, Finale/A New Dawn from Spider-Man.

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Posted by LuminousBeing 2012-12-30 13:52:19

"Let Your Garden Grow" from "Candide" absolutely did me in with joy. (I refer to the tour with Lauren Molina, which is the only production I've seen.)

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Posted by Marianne2 2012-12-30 14:13:13

I know this won't be very popular, but I love the Act II Finale of Spamalot. Though, I do agree I loved You Can't Stop The Beat despite not liking the show as a whole as much as I thought I would.

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Posted by GavestonPS 2012-12-30 15:26:31

I agree with Namo, Kad and company that "You Can't Stop the Beat" is one of the all time great finales.

For a show that ends without a true finale number, you can't do much better than THE MUSIC MAN, imo. There's something about the excitement of the parents that is every bit as moving as the reconciliation of Harold and Marian.

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Posted by My Oh My 2012-12-30 16:26:22

Definitely the Hairspray finale. It had the theatre going nuts!

Actually, I found the whole show to be so fun and upbeat, when they began to get serious in act two it actually bothered me!

I laughed so hard at the second act opener, my tummy began to hurt.

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Posted by ratherbewhaling 2012-12-30 16:46:04

You can't not think of "you can't stop the beat" and is it weird to think of "Light" from N2N as a happy ending?

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Posted by darion 2012-12-30 16:51:12

American Idiot without a doubt! Billy joe and comp came out after the show and did a bunch of greenday songs

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Posted by Visceral_Fella 2012-12-30 16:54:29

Once on this Island end on a pretty high note, even though Ti Moune didn't end up with Daniel. Why we tell the Story can be feel good. I loathe that show though.

Drowsy Chaperone ends on a high note as well although not nearly as festive as You Can't Stop the Beat.

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Posted by Mercades 2012-12-30 16:58:11

VF- and timoune DIES.

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Posted by Visceral_Fella 2012-12-30 17:01:31

I am aware. They celebrate her life. The actress playing Ti Moune always looks pretty damn happy when she's pretending to be a tree.

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Posted by RENT_is_Wicked2 2012-12-30 17:08:32

Ratherbewhaling, Light from N2N is like a bitter sweet ending. It really doesn't end on a really high note.

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Posted by AEA AGMA SM 2012-12-30 17:34:12

I adore the end of Crazy for You. Polly coming out to meet Bobby in her gorgeous gown that, if budgeted and designed well, looks like it came right off of Ginger Rogers and the stage opening up to reveal the whole Ziegfeld-esque tableau. Just pure spectacle and magic.

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Posted by GavestonPS 2012-12-30 17:57:16

American Idiot without a doubt! Billy joe and comp came out after the show and did a bunch of greenday songs

On that note, we should give "Honorable Mention" to the mini-Abba-concert at the end of MAMMA MIA! The only part of that show worth watching, imo.

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Posted by Kelly2 2012-12-30 18:00:21

The "Omigod You Guys" reprise at the end of Legally Blonde, Xanadu, and "The Writing on the Wall" from Edwin Drood is more hopeful than happy, but it always leaves me smiling and feeling a bit more optimistic about the world.

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Posted by GlindatheGood22 2012-12-30 18:08:09

I disagree. I don't think the ending of Next to Normal is bittersweet at all.

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Posted by Kelly2 2012-12-30 18:14:10

Maybe it's because I saw the Off-Broadway version of it, but the finale of Next to Normal to me was not happy at all. Then again, I wasn't a huge fan of the show, but what with the dad seeing the son and Diana leaving them...I dunno. I just got the impression their family was gonna be pretty miserable for quite some time.

Then again I also found the show's representation of mental illness to be reprehensible and gross, but that's another thread. :)

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Posted by After Eight 2012-12-30 20:20:52

When it comes to finale euphoria, Hello, Dolly!'s is the apogee.

But Milk and Honey, Mame, and Dear World's are all beyond wonderful.

All American's finale is jubilant; The Boy Friend's is truly a gladsome thing, so too Little Mary Sunshine's; the finales to Wildcat, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Ankles Aweigh fill me with joy.

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Posted by bjh2114 2012-12-30 20:26:14

I always find the One (reprise) from A Chorus Line to be incredibly joyous, even though there's the underlying commentary about all of the individuals fading into the background. Still, it's an excellent closing number.

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Posted by Visceral_Fella 2012-12-30 22:10:02

Oh, how could I forget Sister Act

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Posted by rhdery 2012-12-30 22:45:13

Tomorrow Looks Good From Here at the end of One Man Two Guvnors to add to the list s bit. It was really great. I feel happy now just remembering it.

I also love Tomorrow is a Latter day from Book of Mormon.

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Posted by Idiot 2012-12-31 00:27:37

HAIRSPRAY, hands down. It was the first thing to pop to mind and I was delighted that several others up top had the exact same thought.

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Posted by ILuv2shop531 2012-12-31 00:53:31

"I Got You"-Bring It On.
I can't even think about how that must have felt for them today

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Posted by Greekmusicalfan 2012-12-31 07:46:04

Definitely HAIRSPRAY's, MAMMA MIA's, and BOOK OF MORMON's are the first ones that pop to mind, when talking about happy finales !

But, am I the only one who thinks that RENT's finale is also amazing and uplifting ??

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Posted by yankeefan7 2013-01-01 15:43:25

I agree that "Hairspray" is the best. I personally thought "Avenue Q" finale "For Now" was pretty happy and funny.

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Posted by addiemizner 2013-01-01 15:58:10

LuminousBeing, I don't see how "Make Our Garden Grow" is a happy ending. I think it's more of a depressing but truthful realisation that nothing is for the best. I cry every time i hear it.

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Posted by massofmen 2013-01-01 16:48:05

ummm dont stop believing in Rock of ages.

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Posted by TheGingerBreadMan 2013-01-01 19:06:59

Ones that come to mind for me:

Tomorrow is Latter Day from BOM
You Can't Stop the Beat from HAIRSPRAY

I like how SHREK was staged at the finale, with Shrek and Fiona coming up on the lift and sharing a kiss.

BRING IT ON brought a smile to face as well.

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Posted by Far From Home 2013-01-01 20:21:05


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Posted by zamedy 2013-01-01 22:00:39

Definitely, definitely "You Can't Stop The Beat" from HAIRSPAY. I was at the closing show. I wish I could have bottled up those final 10 minutes and taken them home with me. THE. BEST.

The tap dancing ending to 42ND STREET is also a favorite, and "One" from A CHORUS LINE is chill-indusing.

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Posted by OperaBwayLover 2013-01-01 22:42:17

Greekmusicalfan: you're not alone- I thought of RENT too!

I'd like to add "The Circle of Life(reprise)" from Lion King to the list. Beautifully staged, and the full ensemble singing as one is chilling, and in a good way. I wish it was on the OBCR.

And while some may argue about the happiness part, I'm gonna be bold and suggest Les Miserables' finale is happy, of sorts. The message of the lyrics is wonderful.

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Posted by rhdery 2013-01-02 00:31:40

Les Mis ending is certainly uplifting and inspiring. It celebrates life as a great tragedy should in all its pain, suffering and joy.

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Posted by Inigomontoya 2013-01-02 09:32:50

What about the La Cage ending and the reprise of the best of times?

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Posted by faith587 2013-01-02 11:10:43

"New Deal For Christmas" from Annie, especially how it's done in the current revival with the tapping, has always been a favorite of mine.

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Posted by mamaleh 2013-01-02 11:37:33

The "go out shakin' your maracas"-themed finale to THE BOY FROM OZ, "I Go to Rio," sent me out of the Imperial giddy with joy. Runner up: HAIRSPRAY's "You Can't Stop the Beat."