Each time a musical theater audition comes up, baritones have a unique problem — finding the perfect song. Sounds strange, right? After all, baritones are pretty well represented in musical theater. The trouble is, many singers reach for the same songs, over and over again.
Never fear, our deep-voiced friends! We’ve chosen some of our favorite traditional and contemporary baritone audition songs. Whether you need a 16-bar cut for a Broadway show or a full song for a community theater audition, you’re sure to find a great option in this list.
1. “Gold Can Turn to Sand” from Kristina
The first time you listen to this one, you might feel like it sounds familiar — and that’s because it’s written by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA (and Mamma Mia) fame! Rich and soaring, this is perfect for an audition for Les Mis
2. “Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime
When you need songs to show off your big, booming baritone bass voice, “Make Them Hear You” is perfect. Do this one well, and you’ll blow the director’s socks off! Musical auditions songs like this don’t come along often!
3. “This is the Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde
Okay, so this song is kind of schmaltzy, but if you can embrace it, it can be pretty impressive. This is also a great option if you have a strong high range, or if you’re looking for baritone belting songs.
4. Falcon in the Dive from Scarlet Pimpernel
Are you auditioning for a role with a bunch of speak-singing, like Harold Hill in The Music Man or Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady? This is one has a bit of that; it also has some gorgeous big notes, so you can show off your range.
5. “You Walk with Me” The Full Monty
Do you need musical theater audition songs for baritones that work for something like Mamma Mia or another new show with a retro vibe? This is a great option.
6. “Forest For The Trees” The Spitfire Grill
A little folksy, a little Jason Robert Brown-y, this song is one of those baritone audition songs that you can bet no one else will be singing. We like it for Bridges of Madison County.
7. “You Should Be Loved” from Sideshow
This is one of those gorgeous songs that perfectly shows off a voice that sits right on the baritone bass line, with a strong high range. We love that you can make it lean contemporary or classic, depending on how you treat the sustained notes.
8. “Love who you love” from A Man of No Importance
How much do we love the message of this one? This is a lovely, versatile song that can work for a variety of theatre types. Plus, since it’s so emotional, it offers plenty of range for acting.
9. “It’s a Fish” from The Diary of Adam and Eve (or The Apple Tree)
Looking for upbeat musical theatre songs? This one fits the bill! The accompaniment is so bouncy that the director won’t be able to help but smile.
10. “Foolish to Think” from A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Do you need songs for a lightweight baritone bass voice? This song shows it off nicely; nothing too dramatic or big, but it moves nicely.
11. “Sailing” from A New Brain
A little introspective and very beautiful, “Sailing” is one of those songs just glides along. We love the grand note at 1:35.
12. “Funny” from City of Angels
This one has a little Frank Sinatra vibe, a little Golden Age — it could be good for Guys and Dolls or Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
13. “I Am Adolpho” from The Drowsy Chaperone
Need something fun for an audition for a character role? This is a fun one that shows off your comic skills.
14. I Don Quixote from Man of La Mancha
When you want songs to show off your big, booming voice, this one is so much fun. It has a ballad-y feel, but the speedy accompaniment keeps it moving.
15. “Stars” from Les Miserables
Okay, so this is one of those musical theater songs that’s a little bit done, but if you can nail it, it’s impossible to resist. (Plus, these songs are popular because they are so fantastic.) Just make sure you can make those big notes soar! Best for community theatre; NOT one of our recommended songs for a professional audition.
16. “Purpose” from Avenue Q
When you’re in a search to add contemporary songs to your book, “Purpose” is a great choice. It’s new enough that people know it, but not so much that everyone will want to do it.
17. “If I Can’t Love Her” from Beauty and the Beast
Are you in a search for songs that fit a Disney-style role in a show? This is a great pick.
18. “Soliloquy” from Carousel
A warning: only do this one for auditions if you can master it. It’s well-known and seriously challenging. It’s one of those men’s musical theater songs that’s been done and done well (check out Stephen Pasquale starting at 1:23 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago), so you need to measure up! If you can bring the power, you’ll wow the people at auditions.
19. “A Fellow Needs A Girl” from Allegro
Need baritone audition songs for a Golden Age musical? This Rodgers and Hammerstein one will see you through.
20. “Where Is The Life That Late I Led” from Kiss Me Kate
For a singer with musical theater comedy chops, this is a gold mine! In fact, we’d go so far as to say that it’s one of the best Broadway solos for baritones.
21. “Me” from Beauty and the Beast
Show off your hilarious Disney villain skills! Keep in mind that this is one of those musical theater songs about manhood that everyone knows, so you’ll need to nail it.
22. “Put on a Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie
Are you in a search of songs that have a vintage vibe? This sweet piece is perfect for something like How to Get Ahead or even a Gershwin theatre production like Crazy for You.
23. “The Brain” from Young Frankenstein
Of all the theatre songs for auditions on our list, this might be the ballsiest. You’ll need good timing, excellent facial expressions, and a big sense of fun. This is one of those Broadway songs that isn’t overdone, but is just familiar enough to make people smile at auditions. Many times, it’s just the thing your book needs.
24. “Home” from The Wiz
Okay, so maybe The Wiz isn’t the most modern musical, but the sound is a nice bridge between contemporary and legit. (Norm Lewis walks the line beautifully.) And yes, it was written for a woman, but it falls beautifully into a lower male voice. If you’re a baritone belter, let it fly. If you have some riffs under your belt, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to work them in.
Baritones, what other contemporary musical theatre audition songs are you into these days? We’re dying to know the songs that are making it into your book as you search for new repertoire. Let us know, and we’ll add your favorites to the list!