We see that in her dying moments, “Beware The Dreams,” she believed that it was a fatal mistake to have had hopes of marrying Dorian. Henry seizes on Dorian’s remark that the whole nightmarish circumstance seems more like a play than reality, and explains that while “It’s All Very Sad,” tragedies such as Sibyl’s death must be seen as wonderful scenes to be savored.
Basil’s inspiration has abandoned him. His artistic imagination is “Blank” now that Dorian is no longer posing for him.
Going against his earlier decision to never share Dorian’s portrait with the public, he now contacts Dorian ("Every Picture Painted"-reprise) with the desperate need to borrow the portrait for an exhibition.
“Dorian’s Decision” is to hide the painting rather than loan it, now that it’s definitively clear that the portrait is indeed changing, taking on the age and the sins of the subject, and that Dorian himself has miraculously been granted the gift of immortality.
Feeling super human, Dorian celebrates his freedom from mortality with wild abandon in “The Black Cat Ballet” at Lily’s dockside den of iniquity.
“Some Love Too Little” is bitterly and tauntingly sung by James Vane who has returned to London to track down the “Prince Charming” who drove his sister to her premature death. Dorian barely escapes James’s knife, urgently and successfully pointing out to James that he is twenty years too young to be the man James is looking for.
“Scandals” abound, as Henry revels in recounting to Dorian. Alan Campbell has committed suicide, and one of the country’s most honored painters, Basil Hallward has simply seemed to vanish.
Hearing James outside his window, Dorian realizes he's been betrayed and is terrified that James will make good his threat, and so retreats to “Croydon Down,” his country estate, with a protective entourage of friends.
Having over heard the Dorian make his hasty plans to go to his country estate, and knowing that James is planning to murder him, Lily secretly follows the party. There, deep in the woods, she manages to have James killed in an apparent hunting accident at the height of the party’s escapades.
“We Can Step Into Forever,” Lily tells Dorian, when she tries to unravel the paradoxical feelings she has for the simultaneously dangerous but seemingly innocent Gray. Dorian tries to convince both Lily and himself that he too has harbored hopes of love between them.
Henry, true to form, scoffs at Dorian’s tale of finally having found true love. Nettled by Henry’s sneering disregard for Dorian’s attempts to reform himself through love, and seeking revenge on the man who led him astray 20 years before, Dorian invites Henry up to his attic for a fateful encounter with his portrait.
But Dorian stops short of committing another murder, and abruptly sends Henry out of the house. With love now guiding his life, Dorian decides that the portrait must be reverting back to its original state, and that he’ll be able to join the human race again as an ordinary mortal. Sparing Henry’s life was the first step on Dorian’s new path.
He can’t bring himself to draw back the curtains which will reveal to him whether or not love is redeeming his soul. Instead, he rushes off for a scheduled rendezvous with Lily.
“Dorian’s Solution” is to seize the possibility of a new life with Lily, and to destroy the possessed painting which has become a mocking burden to him.
Dorian resolves to reveal all to Lily, to explain that he’s been living under a curse, which he now renounces.
Back in the attic, when the curtain is drawn and Lily sees the painting, the figure on the canvas is more horrific than ever. Dorian realizes that his newly professed love is not providing the salvation he hoped for.