The Best Musical Theatre Character Songs – by Vocal Type

Are you looking for a character showtune for an upcoming project or audition? Well, first you should check out our giant database of audition songs for specific musicals. But if your show hasn’t yet been covered by us, you can go through these musical theatre character songs, sorted by vocal type.


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First Step: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

“Musical Theatre Character Songs” Spotify Playlist


Altos

Deep Love” – Young Frankenstein

I Can Hear the Bells” – Hairspray

Notice Me, Horton” – Seussical

The Joy of Motherhood” – Honk!

Wait a Bit” – Just So


Baritones

Alone in the Universe” – Seussical

I’ve Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua” – Kiss Me, Kate

Morticia” – The Addams Family

What’s Up, Duloc?” – Shrek

Wonderful” – Wicked


Basses

Dulcinea” – Man of La Mancha

Grow for Me” – Little Shop of Horrors

La Cage aux Folles” – La Cage aux Folles

The Kite” – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

With a Little Bit of Luck” – My Fair Lady


Contras

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

I Hate Musicals” – Ruthless!

Jeanette’s Showbiz Number” – The Full Monty

My Conviction” – Hair

Papi Hears the Ocean” – The Band’s Visit


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Mezzo-Sopranos

I Cain’t Say No” – Oklahoma!

Please Don’t Touch Me” – Young Frankenstein

Temptation” – Singin’ in the Rain

Turn up the Spotlight” – Nunsense

Waiting” – The Addams Family


Sopranos

A Little Bit of Good” – Chicago

Let Us Be Glad” – Wicked

Morning Person” – Shrek

The Gypsy” – Jane Eyre

The Pussy Foot” – Goldilocks


Tenors

A Christmas Song” – Elf 

Bigger Isn’t Better” – Barnum

Great Big Stuff” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The Moon and Me” – The Addams Family

Together Again” – Young Frankenstein


Trebles/Kids

Born to Entertain” – Ruthless!

I Want It Now” – Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

My Party Dress” – Henry & Mudge

Schroeder” – You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

What If” – The Addams Family


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Which of these character songs are your favorite?

And what are you currently working on/auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


Stacy Karyn, author of Musical Theatre Character Songs.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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