11 o’clock number is a theatrical term for a big, show-stopping song that occurs late in the second act of a two-act musical… It often signifies a moment of revelation or change in heart of a lead character, although there are exceptions to this. The 11 o’clock number is also differentiated from the finale in that it is not the final number in the show, but even this is not considered a requirement by some commenters.

the 11 o’clock number: are you ready for some overly emotional belting?

1. finale - west side story / 2. rose’s turn - gypsy / 3. come back - dogfight / 4. on the willows - godspell / 5. nobody needs to know - the last 5 years / 6. gimme gimme - thoroughly modern millie / 7. hold me in your heart - kinky boots / 8. fly, fly away - catch me if you can / 9. make them hear you - ragtime / 10. no one is alone - into the woods / 11. nowadays - chicago / 12. soul of a man - kinky boots / 13. i guess i’ll miss the man - pippin / 14. so anyway - next to normal / 15. goodbye - catch me if you can / 16. let the sunshine in - hair / 17. the fire within me - little women / 18. there’s music in you - cinderella / 19. a change in me - beauty and the beast / 20. finale ultimo - little shop of horrors / 21. the song of purple summer - spring awakening / 22. your eyes - rent / 23. legally blonde (remix) - legally blonde / 24. i see a river - urinetown / 25. for good - wicked / 26. being alive - company / 27. a way back to then - [title of show] / 28. there are worse things i could do - grease / 29. gonna build a wall - shrek / 30. epilogue - les miserables

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