Musical Theatre Songs: Songs To Add To Your Repertoire

16th November 2021

Musical Theatre Songs: Songs To Add To Your Repertoire
Maria Hanlon

Maria Hanlon

Are you on the lookout for musical theatre songs to add to your repertoire? Whether you want to wow casting directors at auditions or simply practice new songs, we’ve got you covered with a list of the best musical theatre songs for different voice types.

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Alto Musical Theatre Songs

Alto – a low female (or boy’s) voice. 

‘As Long as He Needs Me’ from Oliver!

‘As Long as He Needs Me’ is one of the most well-known musical theatre songs for women with lower voices. Everyone in the audition will be familiar with it, so you need to go above and beyond to impress. You can either belt it or sing it more softly, the music will work both ways. 

‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’ from Grease

Do you need to portray emotional depth in an audition? ‘There Are Worse Things I Could Do’ is a heart-breaking piece that will do just that. Stockard Channing is easily the most famous Rizzo, but Jacquelyne Jones proves that you can really make the role your own. 

‘The Winner Takes it All’ from Mamma Mia!

If you’re a pop singer, a belter, or you have a more classical sound, ‘The Winner Takes It All’ is a perfect pop audition song for altos. 

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Soprano Musical Theatre Songs

Soprano – female singers who sing in high range.

‘Mix Tape’ from Avenue Q

This song is perfect for a soprano with its high notes and storytelling. It’s not one of the most famous songs from Avenue Q, which can often work in your favour, meaning hopefully fewer people might sing it in an audition so you’ll stand out. 

‘My House’ from Matilda

This soprano heartbreaker, with its sweeping melody, is sure to turn heads.

‘Hello Young Lovers’ from The King and I

Although this is a renowned song, if done well it can really impress a casting director.

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Baritone Musical Theatre Songs

Baritone – a male singing voice of medium compass between bass and tenor.

‘Me’ from Beauty and the Beast

Are you auditioning for a character who’s rebellious? Then, a Disney villain song is the perfect choice. ‘Me’ is a great option as it’s super easy to settle into the pleasant, lilting melody, but you’ll need brilliant acting skills to make it your own. 

‘Stars’ from Les Miserables

This baritone musical theatre song is often a little overdone, however, if you feel you can sing it well, it’s almost impossible to resist. Just make sure you can make those big notes soar! 

‘Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful’ from Cinderella

Anytime you need an easy baritone musical theatre song, Rodgers and Hammerstein are your guys! Their musicals are packed with songs that are delightful to listen to and easy to sing, the dream combination. This song from Cinderella is no different; it’s charming, melodic, and you can get the tune down quickly. Top tip – make sure you have a seamless transition from the low to high end of your range — you’ll need it to make the higher notes feel effortless. 

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Mezzo Soprano Musical Theatre Songs

Mezzo Soprano – a female singer with a voice pitched between soprano and contralto.

‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ from the Musical My Fair Lady

Alan J. Lerner wrote this song, and the music is by Frederick Loewe. Julie Andrews performed and popularized this song on Broadway, perfect for a mezzo singer.

‘I Have Dreamed’ from the Musical The King and I

Doretta Morrow and Larry Douglas sang this song. Other artists like Julie Andrews, Doris Day, and Betty Johnson also recorded this song. It’s a brilliant audition piece.

‘Somewhere’ from the Musical West Side Story

Somewhere is a song from the 1957 musical West Side Story. Reri Grist sang this on Broadway and P.J Proby and the Supremes performed other renditions. Another amazing addition to your repertoire.

‘The Sound of Music’ from the Musical Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is the title song of the same title play in 1959. Richard Rodgers composed the song with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II. Pattie Page famously sang the song on Broadway and Julie Andrews sang the song in the film in 1965. This song is challenging but beautiful and will be impressive in an audition. 

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Tenor Musical Theatre Songs

Tenor – the highest natural adult male singing voice.

‘Her Voice’ The Little Mermaid

This song perfectly compliments a tenor voice, with its passion and emotion flowing through.

‘Enjoy The Trip’ Bring It On: The Musical

Another strong choice to add to your repertoire as a tenor.

‘Heaven on Their Minds’ from Jesus Christ Superstar

This song can create a really powerful performance, when done well. 

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Contemporary Musical Theatre Songs

Here are a few of the best contemporary musical theatre songs:

  • ‘Defying Gravity’ from Wicked
  • ‘Baptize Me’ from Book of Mormon
  • ‘So Much Better’ from Legally Blonde
  • ‘Schadenfreude’ from Avenue Q
  • ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ from Hairspray
  • ‘Breathe’ from In the Heights
  • ‘History of Wrong Guys’ from Kinky Boots
  • ‘When I Grow Up’ from Matilda
  • ‘Wait For It’ from Hamilton
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Musical Theatre Dance Songs

These are a few of the best musical theatre dance songs:

‘Step In Time’ Mary Poppins

‘Step in Time’, is a classic high-energy dance number. With slow-motion movements and characters walking on the ceiling, the production won the best choreography award at the 2005 Olivier Awards. 

‘Dancing Through Life’ Wicked

Whilst it’s choreography may be simple, “Dancing Through Life” is a dazzling song in Wicked. The song is one of the longest in the production yet features the entire company and is led by Fiyero. 

‘Dancing Queen’ Mamma Mia

It’s almost impossible not to dance to this song! If you’re wanting the time of your life in the West End, then Mamma Mia! is definitely the place to go.

‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ Hairspray

‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ is a spectacular dance number in Hairspray. The fast tempo makes you want to get up, dance and join in the fun!

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Funny Musical Theatre Songs

If you’re looking for something comical to add to your musical theatre repertoire, try one of these: 

‘My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada’ from Avenue Q (2003) by Lopez & Marx will have people laughing in no time. In fact, almost any song from Avenue Q will be a winner if you’re looking for a funny and entertaining musical theatre song. Listen to it here.

‘Miss Baltimore Crabs’ from Hairspray (2002) by Shaiman & Whittman is an excellent choice for a comedic song. Watch the scene from the film here. 

‘Class’ from Chicago (2002) by Kander & Ebb is a great funny musical theatre suggestion.

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That’s Everything You Need To Know About Songs To Add To Your Repertoire

That was our guide on musical theatre songs to add to your repertoire. No matter which voice type you have, there’s a song in there for everyone. So, get practicing and soon you’ll be stunning casting directors and landing your dream roles in musicals. Best of luck!

If you want to find out more about theatre, check out Physical Theatre: What Is Physical Theatre.

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