Musical Song Lists

32 Dark Musical Theatre Songs – by Vocal Type

Are you searching for a dark musical theatre song for an upcoming project? Whether you’re preparing for an audition, curating a playlist for a themed event, or simply exploring the darker side of musical theatre, you’ve come to the right place! Below, you’ll discover a list of dark showtunes, broken down by vocal type.

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Altos

Lifeboat” – Heathers

Maybe I Like It This Way” – The Wild Party

Predator” – Jagged Little Pill

You Don’t Know This Man” – Parade


Baritones

A Man Could Go Quite Mad” – The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” – Les Misérables

It’s Hard to Speak My Heart” – Parade

Javert’s Suicide” – Les Misérables


Basses

Funeral Tango” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Mama, Look Sharp” – 1776

My Friends” – Sweeney Todd

This Is Not An Exit” – American Psycho


Contras

Just Around the Corner” – The Addams Family

My Child Will Forgive Me” – Parade

Out of Sight, Out of Mind” – A Tale of Two Cities

Without You” – Rent


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


Mezzo-Sopranos

My Death” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

No One Is Alone” – Into the Woods

The Movie in My Mind” – Miss Saigon

Wait” – Sweeney Todd


Sopranos

After Midnight Dies” – The Wild Party

I Remember” – Evening Primrose

If This Is What We’re Fighting For” – The Beautiful Game

The Gypsy” – Jane Eyre


Tenors

How Glory Goes” – Floyd Collins

I Don’t Care Much” – Cabaret

That’s What He Said” – Parade

You Gotta Die Sometime” – Falsettos


Trebles

Castle on a Cloud” – Les Misérables

Come to the Fun Home” – Fun Home

Little People” – Les Misérables

Not While I’m Around” – Sweeney Todd


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Which of these dark musical theatre songs is your favorite?

And what are you working on at the moment? Feel free to share in the comments below!


Stacy Karyn, Author of Dark Musical Theatre 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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