The Seven Ages of Musicals: Age Five

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In Musicals ...

The Epiphany Song

The central character grows in order to achieve what he/she wanted in the "I want" song.

And now, here, the central characters begin to piece things together and to realize exactly what they have and need to do to achieve their goal.

  • "Epiphany" from Sweeny Todd
  • "A Quiet Thing" from Flora and the Red Menace
  • "Elaborate Lives" from Chess
  • "Look Over There" from La Cage Aux Folles
  • "My Own Best Friend" from Chicago

Or Dig Deeper

  • "I Have a Love" from West Side Story
  • "Like Father Like Son" from Aida
  • "There Are Worse Things I Can Do" from Grease

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In Plays ...

The Epiphany Monologue

The characters are giving voice to their inner thoughts.

Here, too, the characters are creating language to make definite what they'd never dared to think possible. Giving voice to their dreams in saying them out loud, the characters make their dreams achievable.

  • The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, Act I - Lopakin: "I have bought it!"
  • The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard, Act II - Henry: "Perhaps I'd realize where I'm standing." / "Children will speak for you when you are dead."
  • Hurley Burley by David Rabe, Act I, Scene 3 - Phil: "I got to back to Suzie, and if it means having a kid..." / "I'm lost without her."
  • The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder, Act II - Cornelius: "Isn't the world full of wonderful things?" / "I'll be a ditch-digger who once had a wonderful day."




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