45 of Our Favorite Musical Theatre Ballads

Looking for a beautiful musical theatre ballad for an upcoming audition or project? Well, first you should check out our giant database of audition songs for specific musicals. But if your show hasn’t yet been covered, you can go through these slow musical theatre ballads, sorted by vocal type.

And by the way, here’s the matching “Musical Theatre Ballads” Spotify playlist!


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Altos

As Long As He Needs Me” – Oliver!

I Don’t Know How to Love Him” – Jesus Christ Superstar

Send in the Clowns” – A Little Night Music

Small World” – Gypsy

These Are My Children” – Fame


Baritones

Evermore Without You” – The Woman in White

If Ever I Would Leave You” – Camelot

Maria” – West Side Story

Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love With You?” – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

What More Can I Say?” – Falsettos


Basses

I Waltz Alone” – Grand Hotel

The Impossible Dream” – Man of La Mancha

Mama, a Rainbow” – Minnie’s Boys

More I Cannot Wish You” – Guys and Dolls

Song on the Sand” – La Cage aux Folles


Contras

I Know Where I’ve Been” – Hairspray

I’m Not That Girl” – Wicked

My Child Will Forgive Me” – Parade

The Music Still Plays On” – A New Brain

You Must Love Me” – Evita


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


Mezzo-Sopranos

Christmas Lullaby” – Songs for a New World

Hopelessly Devoted to You” – Grease

No One Else” – Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

The Music That Makes Me Dance” – Funny Girl

What I Did for Love” – A Chorus Line


Sopranos

Almost Real” – The Bridges of Madison County

Once Upon Another Time” – Love Never Dies

Out of My Dreams” – Oklahoma!

What Good Would the Moon Be?” – Street Scene

Will He Like Me?” – She Loves Me


Tenors

Bring Him Home” – Les Misérables

Endless Night” – The Lion King

Someone Is Waiting” – Company

The Music of the Night” – The Phantom of the Opera

Why God Why?” – Miss Saigon


Trebles

A Letter From Charlie Bucket” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Getting Tall” – Nine

I Want to Know” – Big

Maybe” – Annie

The Girl I Mean to Be” – The Secret Garden


Duets

Beautiful” – Sunday in the Park With George

Come to Me” – Les Misérables

Do You Love Me?” – Fiddler on the Roof

The Last Night of the World” – Miss Saigon

Too Many Mornings” – Follies


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Which of these musical theatre ballads is your favorite?

Or are you working on any other musical theatre songs at the moment? Feel free to share in the comments below!


Stacy Karyn, author of Musical Theatre Ballads.
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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