Looking for a musical theatre patter song 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, you can go through the following patter songs, sorted by vocal type.
But first things first – what is a musical theatre patter song? A patter song is a very fast song with quickly sung lyrics that are more staccato in nature. You’ll find them sprinkled into musicals from every time period!
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“Model Behavior” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
“The Worst Pies in London” – Sweeney Todd
“What’s Gonna Happen” – Tootsie
“Words, Words, Words” – The Witches of Eastwick
“Hand for the Hog” – Big River
“Museum Song” – Barnum
“There is a Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute” – Barnum
“War is a Science” – Pippin
“Now” – A Little Night Music
“Seventy Six Trombones” – The Music Man
“The Prince of Humbug” – Barnum
“Ya Got Trouble” – The Music Man
“Calm” – Ordinary Days
“Erbie Fitch’s Twitch” – Redhead
“If You Hadn’t But You Did” – Two on the Aisle
“Just One Step” – Songs for a New World
Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!
“Another Hundred People” – Company
“Getting Married Today” – Company
“The Speed Test” – Thoroughly Modern Millie
“Watch What Happens” – Newsies
“Carousel” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
“My Mother’s Wedding Day” – Brigadoon
“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” – Mary Poppins
“Two’s Company” – The Magic Show
“Buddy’s Blues” – Follies
“How Many Women in the World” – The Wild Party (LaChiusa)
“Sennett Song” – Chaplin
“That’s What He Said” – Parade
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Which of these patter 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 other musicals.
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.