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11 Of Our Favorite 11 O’Clock Numbers For Women

Eleven o’clock numbers have long been beloved musical theatre tunes, as they are remembered as the big, showstopping numbers of the show. And that’s exactly the point! In the beginning of the musical theatre genre, writers wanted to leave a lasting impression on the audience that would have them leaving the theatre humming a tune from the show. The writers were smart to incorporate the tune almost at the end of the production so it would stay fresh in audiences’ minds as they left the theatre. If a show started at 8 p.m., these songs were usually inserted at the 11 p.m. mark — hence the name, “11 o’clock number.”

This idea has since evolved. The songs still leave a lasting impression, but now they’re not always placed at the end of the show. In terms of plot, the songs often serve as a way for major characters to come to an important realization or turning point.

Here are 11 of our favorite 11 o’clock numbers for women:

1. ‘Memory’ from ‘Cats’

2. ‘Rose’s Turn’ from ‘Gypsy’

3. ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ from ‘Dreamgirls’

4. ‘The Music and the Mirror’ from ‘A Chorus Line’

5. ‘I’m Here’ from ‘The Color Purple’

6. ‘Gimme Gimme’ from ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

7. ‘Back to Before’ from ‘Ragtime’

8. ‘I’m a Brass Band’ from ‘Sweet Charity’

9. ‘Cabaret’ from ‘Cabaret’

10. ‘The Miller’s Son’ from ‘A Little Night Music’

11. ‘The Winner Takes It All’ from ‘Mamma Mia’

What are some of your favorite 11 o’clock numbers for women? Let us know in the comments below…

Written by Kimberly Faye Greenberg

Kimberly Faye Greenberg is the first and only actress to play Leading roles in 2 OFF-BROADWAY musicals at the same time. In addition, Kimberly's numerous portrayals of a FANNY BRICE have been critically acclaimed by the NY Times, Huffington Post and Associated Press and currently her solo show Fabulous Fanny Brice is touring the country. Kimberly has worked backstage as a Broadway wardrobe swing dresser on over 20 Broadway shows. As a Performing Arts Consultant Kimberly loves to inspire, educate and work with proactive Artists.

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  1. I can’t believe I Know Where I’ve been isn’t on this list my goodness that is definitely an 11 o’clock number!!! 🤩

  2. When I saw the headline for this post the immediate thought I had was, “Back To Before” better be on that list!” Seeing Marin Mazzie sing this on Broadway is one of the all time best theatrical experiences I have ever had! Twenty years have gone by since then but listening to it again just now STILL gave me goosebumps and a lump in my throat!

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