39 Best Musical Theater Audition Songs For Baritones

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27. “Beethoven Day” from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Song Year: 1999

While You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown debuted in 1967, it wasn’t until the show’s 1999 Broadway revival that “Beethoven Day,” sung by Schoeder, was added to the show. “Beethoven Day” is a raucous and joyfully fun song that’s just a tiny bit silly. The piano accompaniment is upbeat but not too difficult, so it shouldn’t pose any problems for the audition accompanist.

28. “Johanna” from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Song Year: 1979

Emotional vulnerability will carry the day for a baritone auditioning with this song. It’s haunting and beautiful and shows Anthony’s desire to protect Johanna from all harm. It’s a song for higher baritones, though, so singers who hew closer to being basses probably want to avoid this one so as not to have to tangle with uncomfortably high notes.

29. “My Time of Day” from Guys and Dolls

Song Year: 1950

The third offering from Guys and Dolls is a little more obscure than other songs from the show, which might be a plus. It’s sung by Sky Masterson and puts the character’s charm and confidence on full display, so be prepared to pull that off in an audition.

30. “Lonely Room” from Oklahoma!

Song Year: 1943

Judd Fry is the villain in Oklahoma!, so it stands to reason that one of his big numbers is a dark and brooding piece exploring his feelings of isolation and anger.

Most other baritones are going to be singing songs sung by the hero, and few of them will have something showcasing their ability to embody the sinister nature of the bad guy. We’re talking dramatic range here.

31. “Pretty Women” from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Song Year: 1979

Our third choice from Sondheim’s dark (and rather twisted) classic show is sung by the title character. While it’s a duet sung with Mrs. Lovett, it can still work well for an audition (after all, the chances that you’ll sing one entire song for your audition are small).

It’s a mesmerizing song that can demonstrate to a director that the performer can hold an audience rapt.

32. “Put On a Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie

Song Year: 1960

When Albert sings “Put On a Happy Face,” he’s trying to cheer up his girlfriend Rosie. If you struggle to portray upbeat enthusiasm, this song isn’t for you. (In that case, musical theater might not be for you if we’re being honest.)

But if you can pull off the relentless optimism required to be as happy as Albert is, then you’ve got something.

33. “Real Live Girl” from Little Me

Song Year: 1962

Noble is the wealthy playboy in Little Me who falls in love with the show's main character, Belle, and then sings “Real Live Girl.” It's a fun number perfect for a baritone audition because it puts an actor's charisma in front of the production crew.

We’ve mentioned this before, but the show’s relative obscurity makes this a piece sung less often at auditions which can help you stand out as memorable.

34. “Love Changes Everything” from Aspects of Love

Song Year: 1989

Andrew Lloyd Webber can be a polarizing figure in musical theater, and Aspects of Love is a case in point. It was a success in London, but on Broadway, it closed after 377 performances.

“Love Changes Everything,” though, is by no means a bad song or a poor audition choice. It’s a solid ballad set well in the baritone range, and you can bet that nobody else at the cattle call will be singing this one.

35. “I’m Still Here” from Follies

Song Year: 1971

“I’m Still Here” has become a standard in the American songbook, so don’t be thrown by the fact that it’s sung in Follies by Carlotta, a woman. Men singing it an octave down will find it settling nicely into the baritone range, and since many crooners have done a version of it, no one will think it odd that you’re singing a song written for a woman.

If you can command the stage, this song will go over really well for you.

36. “The Best of Times” from La Cage Aux Folles

Song Year: 1983

Georges is the nightclub owner in La Cage Aux Folles, and he gets this rousing and celebratory number in the show. This song is another terrific choice to put some charisma onstage in front of a director. And since the character owns an audacious nightclub, singing this song should include some real showmanship. Don’t just sing the notes with this one. Put on a show.

37. “I Met a Girl” from Bells Are Ringing

Song Year: 1956

Jeff has just met the girl of his dreams when he sings “I Met a Girl,” so it’s a song of excitement and hope for a bright future. It’s a lesser-known song that will require some upbeat sincerity and high energy. You don’t need to do jazz hands, but you do need drive when performing this song.

38. “I Don’t Remember You” from The Happy Time

Song Year: 1968

If you’ve made it this far on this list, you’re probably looking for more obscure pieces that the guy next to you at the audition not only isn’t planning to sing but has never heard.

So how about “I Don’t Remember You”? The song itself may be somewhat familiar, but The Happy Time is not quite Guys and Dolls in terms of name recognition. Jacques sings this poignant song about love and loss, sad that he can’t remember all of his past loves.

39. “If I Can’t Love Her” from Beauty and the Beast

Song Year: 1994

What director doesn’t want to see inner turmoil? With that in mind, you might want to choose “If I Can’t Love Her” from Beauty and the Beast. It’s a ballad that Beast sings after he has let Belle go. He has realized that he loves her and will probably never have her. Vulnerability is a big plus with this song, and that will go along nicely with the beautiful melody.

Top Musical Theater Audition Songs For Baritones, Final Thoughts

Choosing an audition song or two can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be a frustrating exercise.

Take three or four from this list — a couple that you know, and a couple you don’t — and experiment with them. You know your acting skills the best, and since you may be your worst critic, your voice teacher might be able to help you decide which songs fit your instrument the best.

Everyone wants to be in a musical (if they don’t want to, there’s something wrong with them), but you have to nail the audition first. Find your perfect baritone song here, work it up, and go get yourself cast. You can’t win that Tony Award without getting started somewhere.

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