Solos That Define Their Musicals


Alright, let’s talk about those show-stopping, jaw-dropping, tear-jerking solos that are so good, they basically hijack the whole musical they’re in.

Here’s a cheeky rundown of those powerhouse numbers that define their shows, making everything else seem like just the opening act.

1. Defying Gravity from Wicked

Elphaba’s not just defying gravity; she’s defying everything we thought possible in a musical. The moment she soars, you can’t help but think, “Well, that’s it. Show’s over. How can anything top this?” It’s the anthem for anyone who’s ever wanted to ride a broomstick into the spotlight.


2. Memory from Cats

Despite being about, well, cats in a junkyard, this musical somehow pulls out one of the most heart-wrenching solos ever. When Grizabella belts out Memory, even the most dog-loving folks in the audience can’t help but shed a tear. It’s purr-fectly powerful.


3. The Room Where It Happens from Hamilton

Aaron Burr turns envy into an art form with this bop. It’s slick, it’s smooth, and it’s so catchy, you’ll be humming it for weeks. This number doesn’t just define the musical; it redefines FOMO for the history books.


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

Effie White doesn’t just sing; she declares war on heartbreak with this belter. By the end of the song, you’re not just rooting for her; you’re ready to enlist. It’s the ultimate “mic drop” before mic drops were even a thing.


5. Don’t Rain On My Parade from Funny Girl

Fanny Brice’s refusal to let anyone dull her sparkle is so infectious, you’ll leave the theatre ready to tackle any storm clouds in your own life with a brass band backing you up. It’s a musical pep talk we all need.


6. Being Alive from Company

Bobby’s journey from Meh, relationships to Bring on the love! culminates in this emotional rollercoaster of a song. It’s like every feeling you’ve ever felt about love packed into five minutes of musical genius.


7. Gethsemane from Jesus Christ Superstar

Rock opera meets biblical epic in a solo that’s as much a feat of endurance as it is a showcase of raw emotion. Watching Jesus rock out his existential crisis is both oddly relatable and utterly captivating.

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