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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#1
Posted: 7/27/20 at 10:17pm

Just wondering at the moment what other shows that have hit Broadway conclude with a question rather than a statement (final spoken words). Some examples from recent memory, off the top of my head:

"Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?"

"Does this mean I can do anything, Siobhan?" (not counting Epilogue)

"What if?"

"Could this be the something that will last?"

 

 

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#2
Posted: 7/27/20 at 10:37pm

Be More Chill

In fairness, I was the one asking the question: Why did I pay for this?

 

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#3
Posted: 7/27/20 at 10:45pm

Crazy for You - Who could ask for anything more?

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#4
Posted: 7/27/20 at 11:12pm

The play "Doubt" ends with the line "I have doubts, I have such doubts" which is kind of a question.

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#5
Posted: 7/27/20 at 11:28pm

Jordan Levinson said: "Just wondering at the moment what other shows that have hit Broadway conclude with a question rather than a statement (final spoken words). Some examples fromrecent memory, off the top of my head:

"Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?"

"Does this mean I can do anything, Siobhan?" (not counting Epilogue)

"What if?"

"Could this be the something that will last?"



AN ILIAD - (To the audience) - “You see?”


What plays are the last two quotes from?

Updated On: 7/27/20 at 11:28 PM
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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#6
Posted: 7/27/20 at 11:43pm

Baritone - “What if?” is from If/Then and “Could this be the something that will last?” is from First Date.

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#7
Posted: 7/28/20 at 12:03am
Did we make women free er or did we help enslave them?

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#8
Posted: 7/28/20 at 12:27am

Where the devil are my slippers?

IMHO I see Queenie as being more of a brunette...
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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#9
Posted: 7/28/20 at 3:47am

rattleNwoolypenguin said: "Did we make women free er or did we help enslave them?

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Ooh, good one! The last line, though, is "Fifty years beyond today, who else will stand for beauty in the world?".

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#10
Posted: 7/28/20 at 6:13am

yankeefan7 said: "The play "Doubt" ends with the line "I have doubts, I have such doubts" which is kind of a question."

I'm sure that was a confession / statement; not at all a question. 

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#11
Posted: 7/28/20 at 6:43am

The Sound Inside closes with a question, but I just can't remember the question right now.  It was a most effective close to the play, however.

 

UPDATE: the closing line is "Would that be a better image?"

Updated On: 7/28/20 at 06:43 AM
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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#12
Posted: 7/28/20 at 9:21am

" I'm sure that was a confession / statement; not at all a question.  "

I understand your point but I took it as the nun was questioning herself about whether the priest was guilty of child abuse.

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#13
Posted: 7/28/20 at 11:01am

"Their adventures were over.

The sky became pink.

And then guess what happened? 

Well, what do YOU think?" 

Seussical. 

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#14
Posted: 7/28/20 at 1:07pm

A Doll’s House ends with an echo question

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Posted: 7/28/20 at 6:25pm

The Lady or the Tiger? section of the 3 part musical The Apple Tree ends with the title question and which option the Princess picked for the audience to decide.

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#16
Posted: 7/28/20 at 7:26pm

mikey2573 said: ""Their adventures were over.

The sky became pink.

And then guess what happened?

Well, what do YOU think?"

Seussical.
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I believe Seussical ended with one big loud "SEUSS!" as "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" was being reprised for a finale. Nice try though.

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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#17
Posted: 7/28/20 at 9:35pm
MISS SAIGON
“How in one night have we come so far?”

FOLLIES (Depending in which iteration)
“Whaddaya say up there?”


A few other shows don’t end directly on the question, but the closing numbers revolve around a question:
LES MIS - “Do you hear the people sing/hear the distant drums?”
TICK...TICK...BOOM! - “Cages or wings, which do you prefer?”
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Broadway Shows that End With Questions?#18
Posted: 7/29/20 at 2:21pm

Most productions of Cats end with the audience saying "Why did I just sit through that?"