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.

To enhance your experience, pop on our Spotify playlist – “Musical Theatre’s Dark Side”➝.

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Lifeboat” – Heathers

Predator” – Jagged Little Pill

You Don’t Know” – Next to Normal

You Don’t Know This Man” – Parade


Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” – Les Misérables

Hello, Little Girl” – Into the Woods

Raise a Little Hell” – Bonnie & Clyde

You Gotta Die Sometime” – Falsettos


It’s Hard to Speak My Heart” – Parade

Mama, Look Sharp” – 1776

My Friends” – Sweeney Todd

This Is Not An Exit” – American Psycho


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

The Ballad of Booth” – Assassins

There’s a World” – Next to Normal

Without You” – Rent

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


Maybe I Like It This Way” – The Wild Party

Old Folks” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

The Movie in My Mind” – Miss Saigon

Wait” – Sweeney Todd


After Midnight Dies” – The Wild Party

I Remember” – Evening Primrose

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

The Gypsy” – Jane Eyre


How Glory Goes” – Floyd Collins

I Don’t Care Much” – Cabaret

Javert’s Suicide” – Les Misérables

That’s What He Said” – Parade


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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