"The Lady's Improving" from The Prom, and "Too Darn Hot" from Kiss Me, Kate.Also, since it technically took place this season, the entire final performance of Hello, Dolly! was the ultimate showstopper, in and of itself.
Beth Leavel's THE LADY'S IMPROVING in The Prom.
There are a fair number, which is why I'm not bemoaning this season of musicals (at least the ones I saw last month) as others:"What's Gonna Happen" - Tootsie"I Could Have Danced All Night" and "On the Street Where You Live" - My Fair Lady"The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "People Will Say We're in Love" (both versions), "I Cain't Say No" - Oklahoma"The Lady's Improving" - The Prom"Wait for Me (both versions), "Epic III" and "Road to Hell (reprise) - Hadestown
Why We Build the WallWay Down HadestownToo Darn Hot
I'm seconding everyone who says "Wait for Me" from Hadestown. I've noticed that a real show-stopper has that thing where the audience applauds, then it sinks in what they just witnessed, and they start applauding even louder. It happened when I saw Sara Bareilles sing "She Used to Be Mine," and it happened this afternoon at Hadestown.
Also, it wasn't on Broadway, but I think "Show-Stopping Number" from The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals qualifies.
MollyJeanneMusic said: "I'm seconding everyone who says "Wait for Me" from Hadestown. I've noticed that a real show-stopper has that thing where the audience applauds, then it sinks in what they just witnessed, and they start applauding even louder. It happened when I saw Sara Bareilles sing "She Used to Be Mine," and it happened this afternoon at Hadestown."I agree with this. All the three times I’ve seen Hadestown this exact thing happens. They get applause then it quiets down for a second and then another louder applause sets in! My mind is still blown each time because the music is wonderful and the staging of it is just incredible. Wait For Me is the point in the show that really grabs the audience’s attention and pulls them in for the journey.
I agree with a lot of the above posters. My top three are:Too Darn Hot (Kiss Me Kate)What's Gonna Happen (Tootsie)The Lady's Improving (The Prom) Also IMO there are so many showstopping numbers in The Cher Show that it's so hard to choose! :)
I haven't seen Tootsie, but from the OBC "What's Gonna Happen" sounds to me like it would have been more impressive if we didn't already have "Model Behaviour"? Has the scatter emotional patter song breakdown already been done by the same author?
Patti LuPone's "Ladies Who Lunch"
Wait For Me - HadestownThe Lady's Improving - The PromDream Ballet - Oklahoma! Not totally "showstopping" but I love Tonight Belongs To You from The Prom as well.
HadestownRoad to HellWait for MeWait for Me - repriseDoubt Comes InRoad to Hell -reprise
Although I loathed the politically correct production of Kiss Me Kate which was led by a miscast Kelli O Hara who sang beautifully but left her acting chops at home and totally missed the point of the role.I have to say the song Bianca is always a throw away and somehow Warren Carlysle (great choreography in lousy revival) Made Bianca a show stopper and a highlight of the evening .Kudos to Corben Bleu for that fantastic tap dane number. Bianca Rocked as did Tom Dick or Harry.!!!!!!But I'd much rather watch the movie or the last revival than this misguided version. But two great numbers!!! Bianca and Tom Dick or Harry!!!!
Too Darn Hot!
In addition to what everyone has already mentioned "How Much More" from Head over Heels. Bonnie Milligan was fabulous.
And from the season in Chicago...Heart of Stone and All You Wanna Do from Six.
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