Best Act 1 finales

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Best Act 1 finales#0
Posted: 1/28/04 at 8:25pm
I think this might have been a post already, but I was just curious if anyone had some extreme favs and why.
My list
Wicked: Who didn't get chills when Idina was flying both literally and vocally.

Les Miserables: It's a great way to get all of the ensemble on stage, not to mention it's just an amazing show in general.

Producers: Just hilarious

Evita: Great song for Che and Eva. I know when they did it at my camp I loved it.

Rent: Like Les Mis, it's an amazing ensemble number and everyone just loves it.
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re: Best Act 1 finales#1
Posted: 1/28/04 at 8:30pm
Wicked, Defying Gravity
RENT, La Vie Boheme/I Should Tell You
Urinetown, Act 1 Finale
42nd Street, I loved how it was interactive with the house lights...I was about to go to the box office and get my money back!
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re: re: Best Act 1 finales#2
Posted: 1/28/04 at 8:32pm
'West Side Story' which is the prototype for 'Les Mis' in the first place but far more dramatic.
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re: Best Act 1 finales#3
Posted: 1/28/04 at 8:34pm
I agree with Les Mis, that song was always so amazing and sent chills through me.

One recent one that comes to mind is the end of Act 1 for Little Shop of Horrors. It ends after Mushnik has been eaten and the plant is in the darkness and its just letting out this evil laughter on top of the 'theme' song as the curtain falls over it. It's pretty scary and sets up the plant for his world domination.
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re: re: re: Best Act 1 finales#4
Posted: 1/28/04 at 8:36pm
I have to agree with 'One Day More" from Les Mis. NOTHING thrills me more than that !! I also love "La Vie Boheme" from Rent and definetely "I Got Rythm" from Crazy for You !!!


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re: re: re: re: Best Act 1 finales#5
Posted: 1/28/04 at 8:39pm
JoizeyActor, do you mean Orin?
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re: re: re: re: re: Best Act 1 finales#6
Posted: 1/28/04 at 8:40pm
I agree with RENT and Les Mis!
"The stage is where I live and come alive and act out all the things that go on in my life. It's not just what I do for a living, it's my shrink and my love affair. No one in my life has ever or ever will kiss me on the mouth like this lover called my relationship with my performance."
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Ooops, sorry, I meant Orin.
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oo, and sweeny todd. i forgot that. just from listening tothe cd it is just so amazing. Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury are geniuses. I like Len Cariou but it's Lansbury and sondheim's lyrics that carry the finale. It's so amazing to hear them go onto the brink of insanity. It gives me chills.

and p.s. am I the only one who thought that the line in Defying Gravity "Lok at her she's wicked, get her!" was a nice touch? I mean we all know that she's wicked now but it adds a little bit of a cliffhanger, instead of it being shes free.
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This is very nerdy, but our annual production of "A Christmas Carol" (DeBerry/Hellison) ends with Scrooge in his chair, as the three younger versions of himself approach him from the fog. Youngest Scrooge hands him a candle, and Scrooge slams it out with his hand, as the music hits it's peak.
Hamlet's father.
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y's that nerdy? it sounds good.
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add me to the Rent/Les Mis bandwagon. La Vie Boheme has so much energy, and One Day more was just amazing.
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I agree that the Les Mis act 1 finale is great, but I also like Gypsy's Everything's Coming Up Roses.
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Les Miz, Sweeney Todd, Nine and Bat Boy
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Bat Boy, Les Miz, and Side Show. :)
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Into the Woods, when you see the beanstalk grow in the back and you know its not over!!!!!!!

Defying Gravity... duh.



Carousel, i love. OLD, OMG!?!!?!? yeah, haha. But when billy sets off to go steal and julie thinks its all good, its SO sad.


um...yeah. hot.
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What was the Act I finale of Bat Boy...?
I never got to see it re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: re: Best Act 1 finales but I wanted to...
SPOIL AWAY...
Hamlet's father.
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What was the act 1 finale of west side story?
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re: Best Act 1 finales#18
Posted: 1/28/04 at 9:31pm
My Top 10

Les Miserables
Gypsy
Dreamgirls
Sweeney Todd
West Side Story
The Producers
Miss Saigon
Evita
The Secret Garden
Rent
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re: re: Best Act 1 finales#19
Posted: 1/28/04 at 9:35pm
West Side is the 'Tonight' quartet with all the separate groups singing around and overtop one another a la 'One Day More' leading right into the Rumble.

Bat Boy is 'Comfort and Joy,' which is just a great song.
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re: re: re: Best Act 1 finales#20
Posted: 1/28/04 at 9:36pm
OOOhh! I definately agree with "And I am Telling You"! Amazing end of act 1!
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re: re: re: re: Best Act 1 finales#21
Posted: 1/28/04 at 9:37pm
I'm hoppin' on the Les Mis bandwagon!!!!! One Day More always sends chills down my spine. Oh, and I'll throw in a vote for Sweeney too.
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re: re: re: re: re: Best Act 1 finales#22
Posted: 1/28/04 at 9:40pm
Ahhhhhhhh, I love Comfort and Joy. The beginning of the song with Dr. Parker is especially catcher.

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Posted: 1/28/04 at 9:46pm
Hmm...best?! Well ones I really love are the Act I Finales to
Sunday in the Park With George and Sweeney Todd
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What's the act 1 finale for company and little night music?
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