40 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 musical theatre ballads, sorted by vocal type.

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

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As Long As He Needs Me” – Oliver!

How Long Has This Been Going On?” – Rosalie

Losing My Mind” – Follies

These Are My Children” – Fame

When the Music Played” – Doctor Zhivago


Bui Doi” – Miss Saigon

Easier to Love” – Baby

Evermore Without You” – The Woman in White

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

What More Can I Say?” – Falsettos


I Waltz Alone” – Grand Hotel

If the World Were Like the Movies” – My Favorite Year

Night Will Come” – Groundhog Day

Song on the Sand” – La Cage aux Folles

There’s Always One You Can’t Forget” – Dance a Little Closer


Every Tear a Mother Cries” – Honk!

I Know Where I’ve Been” – Hairspray

Little Girl Blue” – Jumbo

Lonely House” – Street Scene

The Music Still Plays On” – A New Brain

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


Christmas Lullaby” – Songs for a New World

Hopelessly Devoted to You” – Grease

No One Else” – The Great Comet

Starlight” – Rosie

When I Look at You” – The Scarlet Pimpernel


Almost Real” – The Bridges of Madison County

I Love You” – Song of Norway

Once Upon Another Time” – Love Never Dies

Take Care of This House” – 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Will He Like Me?” – She Loves Me


Bring Him Home” – Les Misérables

Endless Night” – The Lion King

Someone Is Waiting” – Company

What You’d Call a Dream” – Diamonds

Why God Why?” – Miss Saigon


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

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Which of these musical theatre ballads is your favorite?

And what are you working on 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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