Musical Theater Song Types
Lists types of numbers typically used in musicals and their descriptions.
Terms in this set (14)
The very first piece of music played by the orchestra before the curtain opens for Act 1; a medley of themes from the show.
Music played by the orchestra before the curtain opens for Act 2 (at the end of intermission).
A large-scale performance within a musical show, usually combining both song and dance with lots of energy and many performers
A song which lets a character or group of characters beguile an audience and share character development information
A song with a slower tempo that usually shares strong emotion; often a love song
A song with a faster beat than a ballad
A song which aims to get laughs from the audience
"eleven o'clock" number
A song which takes place about midway through Act 2 to re-energize the audience for the final scenes
The very last song of the show
The very first song sung by characters in the show
When all or part of a song is repeated later in the show, usually to energize the end of a scene
A song so fantastic that the audience applause keeps the show from continuing for a while
"I am" song
Any song which explains a character, a group of characters, or a situation
"I want" song
A song which tells what characters desire and what motivates them