32 Legit Musical Theatre Songs – by Vocal Type

Are you looking for a legit musical theatre song for an upcoming project or audition? First of all, for those of you who are wondering – what is a legit musical theatre song? A legit song is generally classified as one that shows off trained and classical singing chops.

In addition, legit songs will often have more of a lyrical, classic, or vibrato vibe to them. Here’s a list of a few solid and legit musical theatre song choices for every vocal type!


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Altos

Another Winter in a Summer Town” – Grey Gardens

Dividing Day” – The Light in the Piazza

Natasha Lost” – The Great Comet

When the Music Played” – Doctor Zhivago


Baritones

Centuries” – Death Takes a Holiday

Drift Away” – Grey Gardens

Dust and Ashes” – The Great Comet

I Can’t Recall” – A Tale of Two Cities


Basses

Melinda” – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

The Great Comet of 1812” – The Great Comet

The Greatest Star of All” – Sunset Boulevard

The Longer I Live” – Dracula


Contras

Adela” – Bernarda Alba

How Did I Get to Where I Am?” – Marguerite

Living in the Shadows” – Victor/Victoria

Lonely House” – Street Scene


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


Mezzo-Sopranos

Look With Your Heart” – Love Never Dies

Losing Roberto” – Death Takes a Holiday

No One Else” – The Great Comet

The Light in the Piazza” – The Light in the Piazza


Sopranos

Dear Friend” – She Loves Me

Tuesdays, Thursdays” – Far from Heaven

What Do You Call a Man Like That?” – The Bridges of Madison County

Will You?” – Grey Gardens


Tenors

Before the Summer Ends” – Dracula

How Glory Goes” – Floyd Collins

I Never Knew” – Far from Heaven

Love to Me” – A Light in the Piazza


Trebles/Kids

Big Mole” – Lost in the Stars

Halfway” – Amélie

The Tree” – The Me Nobody Knows

Where is Love?” – Oliver!


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Which of these legit musical theatre 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 specific musicals.


Stacy Karyn, author of Legit 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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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