Are you getting ready for an upcoming talent show? Well, choosing the right song is a very important step in the preparation process. All of the following musical theatre songs are stand-alone songs, meaning that they can be sung and understood outside of the context of the musical that they’re in. There is also a very showy, wow-factor to many of the following, making them the perfect talent show songs!
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“A Trip to the Library” – She Loves Me
“Look Ma, I Made It” – Nunsense II
“Never Get Married” – Honeymoon in Vegas
“Show Off” – The Drowsy Chaperone
“I Happen to Like New York” – The New Yorkers
“Shouldn’t I Be Less in Love With You?” – I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
“Stop” – Mean Girls
“The Microphone” – Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
“A Marriage Proposal” – Falsettos
“I’m Allergic to Cats” – The Theory of Relativity
“Stupid Things I Won’t Do” – The Royal Family of Broadway
“We Look to You” – The Prom
“Believe in Yourself” – The Wiz
“Delivery” – Working
“Heart to Hart” – 9 to 5
“What They Never Tell You” – It Shoulda Been You
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“Another Hundred People” – Company
“Colored Lights” – The Rink
“I Can Cook Too” – On the Town
“I’m Breaking Down” – Falsettos
“Crossword Puzzle” – Starting Here, Starting Now
“Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm” – How to Succeed in Business
“Vanilla Ice Cream” – She Loves Me
“Will You?” – Grey Gardens
“Being Alive” – Company
“Buddy’s Blues” – Follies
“I Love Betsy” – Honeymoon in Vegas
“The Phone Call” – Lucky Stiff
“My Party Dress” – Henry & Mudge
“Neat to Be a Newsboy” – Working
“Sticks & Stones” – Polka Dots: The Cool Kids Musical
“When I Get My Name in Lights” – The Boy From Oz
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Which of these talent show songs are you going to perform?
Or have you ever performed a different musical theatre song at a talent show? 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 holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.