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The Best Musical Theatre Patter Songs – by Vocal Type

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.

Stacy Karyn, Author of Patter 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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