32 Heartbreakingly Sad Musical Theatre Songs – by Vocal Type

Are you looking for a heartbreaking or sad showtune for an upcoming project or audition? Well, if it’s for an audition, you should check out our giant database of audition songs for specific musicals. Otherwise, you can go through the following list of sad musical theatre songs, sorted by vocal type.

And here’s where you can find the “Sad Musical Theatre Songs” Spotify Playlist!


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Altos

How Did We Come to This?” – The Wild Party

Invisible” – Beetlejuice

Now That I’ve Seen Her” – Miss Saigon

On My Own” – Les Misérables


Baritones

Close Every Door” – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Foolish to Think” – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

I Miss the Music” – Curtains

Just One of Those Things” – High Society


Basses

As Good As You” – Jane Eyre

Fathers and Sons” – Working

The Longer I Live” – Dracula

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


Contras

How Did I Get to Where I Am?” – Marguerite

Living in the Shadows” – Victor/Victoria

Maybe” – Miss Saigon

Without You” – Rent


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


Mezzo-Sopranos

Burn” – Hamilton

Still Hurting” – The Last Five Years

Tell Me Why” – Amazing Grace

The Movie in My Mind” – Miss Saigon


Sopranos

I’m Leaving You” – The Life

No One Knows Who I Am” – Jekyll & Hyde

Sons of” – Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” – The Phantom of the Opera


Tenors

Heartbreaker” – Bright Star

It Just Wasn’t Meant to Happen” – Calvin Berger

Leave” – Once

Words Fail” – Dear Evan Hansen


Trebles

Castle on a Cloud” – Les Misérables

On Your Way Home” – James and the Giant Peach

Quiet” – Matilda

Where is Love?” – Oliver!


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Which of these sad musical theatre songs are your favorite?

And what are you currently working on? We would love to hear all about your favorite heartbreaking or sad musical theatre songs in the comments below!


Stacy Karyn, author of Sad Musical Theatre 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 has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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