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By definition, the Broadway showstopper is a disruptive, freakish occurrence: a standout musical number that gets bigger-than-usual applause or even a standing ovation. The showstopper is not something a team can write or a producer can buy, but you know it when it happens. Story, music and some ineffable connection between performers and audience reach a boiling point, and a musical you thought was good suddenly (maybe only briefly) rockets into the stratosphere of entertainment ecstasy. As you’ll see, there are different kinds of showstoppers: big, splashy ones stuffed with eye candy (Something Rotten!) or small, emotional ones (Fun Home) that achieve greatness through inwardness and focus. Here are 10 that will make you want to get up and cheer.