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Contest songs

As I was adjudicating last weekend at the Classical Singer conference in Chicago, I kept track of the songs from the High School Musical Theatre (Legit) second round.

In no particular order, here’s the list:

What good would the moon be.  Street Scene

Make Believe.  Showboat

I feel pretty.  West Side Story

If I were a bell.  Guys and Dolls

Art is calling for me.  Victor Herbert (four times)

Into the fire.  Scarlet Pimpernel

How could I ever know.  Secret Garden

I don’t know what I’d do.  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (twice)

Tell me on a Sunday.  Song and Dance

Waitin’ for my dearie.  Brigadoon

The beauty is.  The Light in the Piazza

Stars.  Les Miserables

Les Poissons.  Little Mermaid

The Impossible Dream.  Man of La Mancha

Mr. Snow.  Carousel

Green Finch and Linnet Bird.  Sweeney Todd (five times!)

Beyond my wildest dreams.  Little Mermaid

If I loved you.  Carousel

I’m a stranger here.  Touch of Venus

And this is my beloved.  Kismet

The life I never led.  Sister Act

Warm all over.  The Most Happy Fella

Cool.  West Side Story (complete with choreography, flips, and a muscle shirt)

I rise again.  On the 20th Century

If ever I would leave you. Camelot

White Christmas.  Holiday Inn

My white knight.  The Music Man

The devil you know.  Side Show

Bless your beautiful hide.  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

I could have danced all night.  My Fair Lady

Il mondo . . .  The Light in the Piazza

My true love.  Phantom

Wishing you were somehow here again.  Phantom of the Opera


Male duets

For some time, I’ve been collecting lists of male duets in musical theatre.

Herewith, in no particular order, a list:

  • Pretty Women, Sweeney Todd
  • We can do it, The Producers
  • Lily’s Eyes, The Secret Garden
  • You rule my word, Full Monty
  • Agony, Into the Woods
  • Alone in the universe, Suessical
  • Dirty Rotten Number, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Confrontation, Les Miserables
  • All for the best, Godspell
  • That guy, Blood Brothers
  • The river won’t flow, Songs for a New World
  • Guys and dolls, Guys and Dolls
  • To Life!, Fiddler on the Roof
  • No contest, Chess
  • Vegas, by Kerrigan-Loudermilk
  • You’re Nothing Without Me, City of Angels
  • Brush up your Shakespeare, Kiss Me Kate
  • The Proposal/The night was alive, Titanic
  • The beauty that drives men mad, Sugar
  • The Riddle Song, Floyd Collins
  • Pitiful penniless bums, Sugar
  • It would have been wonderful, A Little Night Music
  • Worlds Apart, Big River
  • Song on the Sand, La Cage aux Folles
  • Little boy, be a man, Catch Me If You Can
  • A powerful thing, Steel Pier

Musical theatre audition songs

With Jocelyn before auditions on Monday.  I wasn't looking this lively Tuesday at 6!

With Jocelyn before auditions on Monday. I wasn’t looking this lively Tuesday at 6!

I am finished now with two days (11.5 hours!) of auditions at the 2014 International Thespian Society annual conference. We have more to go on Thursday and Friday.

I have been keeping track of most of the songs that have been used for auditions here as rising high school seniors are singing for various college and university reps.

Herewith, a nearly-complete list in no particular order (and not checked for duplicates):

  • Someone Like You – Jekkyl & Hyde
  • Life of the Party – Wild Party
  • Blow Gabriel Blow – Anything Goes
  • I am Aldolpho – Drowsy Chaperone
  • When words fail – Shrek
  • Breathe – In the Heights
  • As long as he needs me – Oliver!
  • Somewhere that’s green – Little Shop of Horrors
  • Fly, fly away – Catch me if you can
  • In these skies – Ace
  • Green finch and linnet bird – Sweeney Todd
  • Many a new day – Oklahoma!
  • Benny’s Dispatch – In the Heights
  • Here I Am – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Notice me, Horton – Seussical
  • Corner of the Sky – Pippin
  • So Anyway – Next to Normal (I would urge careful consideration and caution before using this for an audition!  It’s too specific, too hard for a youngster to understand, and too identified with a particular singer.)
  • Gimme, gimme – Thoroughly Modern Millie (I would urge careful consideration and caution before using this for an audition! It’s overdone.)
  • Maybe This Time – Cabaret
  • Lost in the Wilderness – Children of Eden
  • Together Again – Young Frankenstein
  • Now I Have Everything – Fiddler on the Roof
  • Pulled – Addams Family
  • Being Alive – Company
  • She Loves Me – She Loves Me
  • Javert’s Suicide – Les Miserables
  • If you were gay – Avenue Q
  • Part of your world – Little Mermaid (I would urge careful consideration and caution before using this for an audition! The song tends to be a bit cloying when taken out of context.)
  • Change – A New Brain
  • What About Me? – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Cross the Line – Big
  • Live in living color – Catch Me If You Can
  • All through the night – Cole Porter
  • Giants in the sky – Into the Woods
  • Mama who bore me – Spring Awakening
  • Beyond my wildest dreams – Little Mermaid
  • Love, look away – Flower Drum Song
  • Little Shop of Horrors – Little Shop of Horrors
  • Once more I can see – Wonderland
  • I don’t remember you – Happy Time
  • A Mix Tape – Avenue Q
  • I will prevail – Wonderland
  • The Life I Never Led – Sister Act
  • Loose Ends – Witches of Eastwick
  • Model Behavior – Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown
  • The gentleman is a dope – Allegro
  • If I loved you – Carousel
  • Don’t rain on my parade – Funny Girl (I would urge careful consideration and caution before using this for an audition! It’s identified with an inimitable star.)
  • King Herod’s Song – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Fire Within Me – Little Women
  • Some things are meant to be – Little Women
  • In know the truth – Aida
  • Santa Fe – Newsies (I would urge careful consideration and caution before using this for an audition! The song is too current with a particular show.)
  • Magic to Do – Pippin
  • Pretty Funny – Dogfight
  • Grow for Me – Little Shop of Horrors
  • I can hear the bells – Hairspray
  • Some Day – The Wedding Singer
  • Cabaret – Cabaret
  • Miracle of Miracles – Fiddler on the Roof
  • Sailor of my dreams – Dames at Sea
  • Dancing all the time – Big
  • And this is my beloved – Kismet
  • Run away with me
  • Colored Women – Memphis
  • Far from the home I love – Fiddler on the Roof
  • This world will remember – Bonnie & Clyde
  • Man Inside the  . . . – Catch Me If You Can
  • Out of my dreams – Oklahoma!
  • I got plenty of nothin’ – Porgy & Bess
  • Go the Distance – Hercules
  • I Don’t Do Sadness – Spring Awakening
  • O mio babbino caro – La Rondine
  • Once upon a time – Brooklyn
  • Lonely Town – On the Town
  • Who I Be – Shrek
  • Waiting for life – Once on This Island
  • Fine fine line – Avenue Q
  • Patterns – Baby
  • Don’t Let Me Go – Shrek
  • Pirate King – Pirates of Penzance
  • When I’m not with the girl I love – Finian’s Rainbow
  • I want to be bad – Follow Through
  • Sunset Boulevard – Sunset Boulevard
  • A little brains – Damn Yankees
  • Bigger is better – When Pigs Fly
  • Watch What Happens – Newsies
  • Someone to watch over me – Gershwin
  • Dying Ain’t So Bad – Bonnie & Clyde
  • Perfect – Edges
  • A trip to the library – She Loves Me
  • History of Wrong Guys – Kinky Boots
  • Quiet – Forward
  • Climbing Up Hill – Last Five Years
  • Hello, Tom
  • How are things in Glocca Mora – Finian’s Rainbow
  • Any place I hang my hat – St. Louis Woman
  • I decided to marry you – Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
  • My white knight – The Music Man
  • Everlasting – Tuck Everlasting
  • DeLovely – Anything Goes
  • Where is love – Oliver!
  • If he walked into my life – Mame
  • May I like it this way – Wild Party
  • Mr. Snow – Carousel

Sample resources on the ‘Web

My colleague Carole Gaspar prepared this list of sample resources for singers and studio teachers, to which I have added numerous other sites..

Art Song

Art Song Central – limited amount of free downloads in public domain

Art Song Update – news, reviews, and updates for art song enthusiasts

American Art Song – website of the Society for American Art Song

Latin American Art Song – premier site for Latin American art song

Recmusic – Lied, art song, and choral texts archive, but not always the most reputable quality


Free Translation – a basic on-line translator

Google – Google’s on-line translation page

IPA Source – a one-stop shop, but not free after the first few downloads – but well worth the cost!


Barihunks – blog about baritones with numerous video clips

Ian Bostridge

Christine Brewer

Joyce DiDonato

Renee Fleming

Rod Gilfry

Nathan Gunn

Thomas Hampson


Free Scores – search for ‘vocalises’ or ‘Concone’ or ‘Vaccai’ on this website for free downloads of vocal exercises and etudes in the public domain

Hal Leonard – publisher or owner of much of the vocal canon

Hyperion Records – endless riches of information

Indiana University – free scores of songs in public domain

Naxos – more endless riches just by using the search bar

Pedagogues & Organizations

James Daugherty – University of Kansas professor who leads a graduate program in choral/vocal pedagogy

Shirlee Emmons – many articles on singing and teaching

Hyperion – links to various composer societies & trusts, and composer appreciation pages

Lotte Lehmann Foundation – supports emerging singers and composers

Poets – The Academy of American Poets

W. Stephen Smith – author of The Naked Voice and faculty member at Northwestern University

Voice Care Network – a primary US educational organization