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Opening Up: Revisit These 39 Opening Numbers

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From Waitress to Hamilton, check out the musical introductions to these Broadway shows.

The lights go down, the curtain goes up, and suddenly an audience is plunged into the world of a show. On Broadway, an opening number is more than just the first song of a production—it’s a introduction, almost like a musical mission statement of the story, style, and tone of the journey ahead.

From Waitress to Hamilton, revisit these Broadway opening numbers and share your favorite musical introductions.

Opening Up: Revisit These 39 Broadway Opening Numbers

Opening Up: Revisit These 39 Broadway Opening Numbers


Waitress Playbill - Opening NIght

“Opening Up” Waitress

Avenue Q Playbill - Opening Night

“What Do You Do With a B.A in English/It Sucks to Be Me” Avenue Q

Godspell Playbill - Feb 1977

“Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” Godspell

Chicago Playbill - June 1975

“All That Jazz” Chicago

Wedding Singer Playbill - Opening Night

“It’s Your Wedding Day” The Wedding Singer

Company Playbill - Dec 1970


Legally Blonde Playbill - Opening Night

“Omigod You Guys” Legally Blonde

Aida Playbill - Opening Night

“Every Story Is a Love Story” Aida

The Lion King Playbill - Sept 2006

“Circle of Life” The Lion King

Cabaret Playbill - March 1967

“Willkommen” Cabaret

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