Musical Song Lists

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.


I Can Hear the Bells” – Hairspray

I Don’t Know What I’d Do” – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Notice Me, Horton” – Seussical

Special” – Avenue Q

Wait a Bit” – Just So


Alone in the Universe” – Seussical

Danny & Andrew” – We Aren’t Kids Anymore

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

What’s Up, Duloc?” – Shrek

Wonderful” – Wicked


Daisy Hill” – Snoopy!!!

My Name” – Oliver!

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

When I Grow Up (The G-Man Song)” – Pins and Needles

With a Little Bit of Luck” – My Fair Lady


Deep Love” – Young Frankenstein

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

Dimples” – Little Me

I Hate Musicals” – Ruthless!

Jeanette’s Showbiz Number” – The Full Monty

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


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


A Little Bit of Good” – Chicago

It’s a Privilege to Pee” – Urinetown

Let Us Be Glad” – Wicked

The Gypsy” – Jane Eyre

The Pussy Foot” – Goldilocks


Bigger Isn’t Better” – Barnum

Great Big Stuff” – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The Moon and Me” – The Addams Family

Together Again” – Young Frankenstein

You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two” – Oliver!


Born to Entertain” – Ruthless!

Cool Kid” – Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

My Party Dress” – Henry and 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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


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