11-o-clock-number definition

A showstopping song that occurs late in the second act of a two-act musical , often signifying a moment of revelation or change of heart of a lead character .
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Noun

Singular:
11-o-clock-number
Plural:
11 o'clock numbers

Origin of 11-o-clock-number

  • So called because, in the days when musical performances began at 8:30 p.m., such a song would occur around 11 p.m.

    From Wiktionary