Musical Song Lists

The Best Mature Audition Songs – by Vocal Type

Looking for a mature audition song or showtune for an upcoming audition or project? Well, if it’s for an audition, you should check out our giant database of audition songs for specific musicals. But if your show hasn’t yet been covered by us, or if you’re just looking to expand your repertoire with songs written for older characters, just go through this list of mature audition songs, sorted by vocal type.

By the way, all of the following are sung by musical theatre characters who are 50+! And if you haven’t gone through the steps to find your vocal type yet, I would definitely recommend doing so!


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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

The “Mature Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Quick Tip: For easy access to each song’s sheet music, backing tracks, music, time period, and vocal type info, just follow any of the links below!


Altos

Daybreak” – Amazing Grace

If He Walked Into My Life” – Mame

Liaisons” – A Little Night Music

Rookie in the Ring” – My Favorite Year


Baritones

Beautiful Girls” – Follies

The Greatest Star of All” – Sunset Boulevard

To Be a Captain” – Titanic

Wonderful” – Wicked


Basses

A Fellow Needs a Girl” – Allegro

Days Gone By” – She Loves Me

Joe” – Working

With a Little Bit of Luck” – My Fair Lady


Contras

Close the Door” – Anastasia

Love and Love Alone” – The Visit

Say Yes” – 70, Girls, 70

What They Never Tell You” – It Shoulda Been You


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


Mezzo-Sopranos

A Note From Grandma” – The Wedding Singer

Around the World” – Grey Gardens

Pink” – War Paint

Turn Up the Spotlight” – Nunsense


Sopranos

Climb Ev’ry Mountain” – The Sound of Music

Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love” – The New Yorkers

One More Kiss” – Follies

Repent” – On the Twentieth Century


Tenors

Bring Him Home” – Les Misérables

Buddy’s Blues” – Follies

Everything’s Golden” – Tuck Everlasting

The Cuddles Mary Gave” – A Man of No Importance


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Which of these mature musical theatre songs is your favorite?

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


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Stacy Karyn, Author of Mature Audition 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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