Act 1 finales are magical. Go out with a bang and a promise of more to come. This is not a comprehensive list. If you found this list somehow, add to it!!
  1. The Book of Mormon
    Man Up is a fucking revelation. I could go into detailed musical analysis about why I love everything about it. Kevin and Arnold end on the same note and Kevin gets overshadowed by Arnold because ARNOLD IS LITERALLY STEALING THE SHOW
  2. Wicked
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    Sorry not sorry. As soon as Elphie starts her lift in Defying Gravity I'm in tears. Every time. Wonderful.
  3. In the Heights
    The subtle sforzando piano and swell on "Sky" and the fireworks and Nina and Benny???🎆🎉💯💯💯
  4. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
    This is my favorite musical. It doesn't even have a big musical act 1 finale, just a juicy and ridiculous plot twist
  5. Hamilton
    I love Non-Stop. It builds and builds and builds AND beautifully incorporates so many themes we've heard already. I mean, the last 50 seconds? Masterful. But everything about Hamilton though.
  6. Sweeney Todd
    A Little Priest is deliciously irreverent and a little bit like Freebird, in that it's iconic and seems to last forever. Certainly leaves you wanting to know what will happen in Act 2