The Best Musical Theatre Male Audition Songs for a Baritone

Baritone Songs For Musical Theatre Auditions
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Too many shows, too many songs, too few time!
Finding song for a musical theatre or drama school audition can be as tricky as finding the perfect monologue. Actor Hub is here to help with some of our favourite suggestions for baritones to sing at a casting.
Whenever you choose a song to sing at an audition remember that the director will be looking at your acting skills, at how you show both character and story through song.
When you choose a song treat it as you would a monologue, research the character and most importantly have an understanding of the musical it comes from.
If the casting director just wanted excellent singers, then they would hire an excellent singer. You are an actor, you have trained in acting. Your skills lie in bringing alive a character, so make sure you choose a song which demonstrates that.
Here is a list of Baritone songs which we feel would be perfect for auditioning. Click on the title or image to watch a video of the song.
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Baritone Songs for Musical Auditions
This list will hopefully guide you when looking for a musical theatre audition song, have a watch of the video, listen to the song and see if you like it. Do try and read the script or watch the show. If you find something else or have a recommendation let us know via Twitter @actorhub and we can add your choice to the list.

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  • The Baker’s Wife is a Stephen Schwartz musical which has never had a succesful West End or Broadway run, yet remains hugely popular amongst musical theatre afficianados.
    The story revolves around a small Parisian town which is enamoured by bread produced by the newly arrived middle aged baker and his beautiful young wife. The wife has an affair with a handsome gigolo and the baker loses his will to bake.
    Amiable the Baker has had to admit to himself and the townsfolk that his wife Genevieve has run off and left him. He sings If I Have To Live Alone, as he decides that he will live alone with dignity.
    The song is a lovely piece for any actor, it is the story of a broken man rebuilding his life. The character really goes on a journey and it is a gem for a baritone to sing at an audition.
  • Sweet Smell of Success is a musical based on the 1957 movie of the same name telling the story of the powerful newspaper columnist J J Hunsecker and how he uses his connections to ruin the life of a man who he deems inappropriate for a relationship with his siter.
    Sidney Falcone a struggling press agent has met JJ’s sister Susan, Susan is hiding her real relationship from her brother JJ and introduces Sidney as her new “partner in her acting class”. JJ appears to take Sidney under his wing and befriend him. He buys him a new suit, get’s Sidney’s girlfriend a fancy job and introduces Sidney to the movers and shakers of NYC. JJ gets Sidney clients, and urges his new friend to “keep the ‘O’ and change his name to Falco.” Sidney can’t believe his luck, he has the life he has always dreamed of and he sings ‘At The Fountain’
    “Yes, go with your gut and your heart,
    It’s time to tear through that door,
    It’s time now to soar,
    So let my life story start.”
  • Big River is a musical version of The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, it is a great show full of bluegrass and country music which might make a nice change for any audition panel to hear.
    Waitin’ For The Light To Shine is sung by the leading role Huckleberry Finn, an iconic American character, a vagabond child from pre-civil war Missouri.
    Like a lot of terrific audition songs for young men, this is a ‘dreamer song’ just like Corner of the Sky from Pippin. Huck is thinking about the confines of his life and how one day he will be able to find meaning in his life.
    Country music doesn’t need to be belted. This song is all the better if it is played softly and with lots of heart. I say it all the time, but find the truth behind the lyrics. Great for drama school auditions.
  • Greenwillow is a musical by Samuels and Loesser based on the novel by B.J Shute.
    The show takes place in the magical town Greenwillow, the eldest child in each generation of Briggs men must obey the ‘call to wander’ and leave behind their family.
    Gideon Briggs is desperate to break this spell and settle down with his sweetheart Dorrie.
    Never Will I Marry is a powerful baritone showpiece where Gideon reflects on his life and the path that the superstitous village has for him.
    Interestingly Anthony Perkins was not available for the filming of the infamous shower scene in Psycho due to rehearsals for Greenwillow.
  • ‘A Little Night Music’ is a deliciously funny comedy of manners and ‘In Praise Of Women’ is my favourite song from this show.
    It is sung by the wonderfully self-important Carl-Magnus and is just perfectly clever as he sings all about both Desiree his lover and Charlotte his wife.
    Fidelity is more than mere display; It’s what a man expects from life. Fidelity like mine to Desiree And Charlotte, my devoted wife.
    The song also ends on a belting F-sharp, which could win over any audition panel (if you get to the end of the song, of course!?)
  • A theatre is closing and a reunion is held to honor the Follies shows that once performed there. All of the showgirls return to the theatre where they had once performed as young woman.
    The show focuses on two couples, Buddy & Sally and Ben & Phyliss. Both couples are very unhappy in their marriages. At the end of the show the confusions, anger and madness become too much and a fantasy ‘Loveland’ sequence happens and we get to see the real and emotional lives of the couples in a kind of musical breakdown!
    Buddy, a travelling salesman, has been having an affair on the road. His ‘Loveland’ song is ‘Buddys Blues’ performed in a vaudevillian style with an imaginary Sally and his girlfriend Margie. It is a real comic tour-de-force but also needs the real and emotional breakdown which makes the soul of the song so heartfelt.
  • Avenue Q is an hilarious musical which has puppets alongside actors. If you went looking for Sesame Street and got lost and ended up in the wrong neighbourhood you might just find yourself in Avenue Q!
    By Act Two all the characters have fallen in and out of love and like with each other and lament happier times with the terrific song I Wish I Could Go Back To College.
    It is easily made a solo song, and features in a number of audition song books. This number would make a great audition song, and is completely age appropriate for a younger actor who has recently graduated. Play it for the truth, not just for the funny. Really try and think of how exciting times looked when you were still at Uni and how you can look back with rose-tinted glasses on those times. Whatever you do, don’t mime that you have a puppet on one hand … play the character, not the puppet!
  • Meet The Robinsons was released in 2007 and is loosely based on the book ‘A Day With Wilbur Robinson’. The films has twists and turns as the characters travel back and forth through time.
    The central character, an orphan, Lewis is desperate to be able to find out why his mother abandoned him and perhaps even stop her doing it. This song is sung at the very end of the movie when Lewis has come to a realisation that he must appreciate what life has given him and the family and friends he already has – and keep moving forward.
    The song is more pop-rock than traditional broadway musical, but could really suit the right voice and the right audition. I love it, I think it tells a story about living for the here and now, living for today and appreciating the ‘little wonders’ of life.
    “Our lives are made,
    In these small hours,
    These little wonders,
    These twists and turns of fate,
    Time falls away,
    But these small hours,
    These small hours still remain.”
  • Alongside Sondheim and Schwartz the composer William Finn is also a favourite at auditions. The song Sailing from the musical “A New Brain” is worth checking out, but on our top five is the beautiful love song What More Can I Say from Falsettos.
    Falsettos the musical consists of two mini musicals March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland and tells the story of Marvin, his ex-wife Trina, his psychiatrist Mendel, his son Jason, and his gay lover Whizzer Brown.
    What More Can I Say is sung by Marvin as he sits and watches his sleeping lover Whizzer and wonders how much he loves him. It is a lovely, ballad, tender and sweet with soaring melodies, and it is one of the most tender love songs I’ve ever heard.
  • The Rothschilds is little known 1970 musical which had a revival off Broadway in 1990. With a book by Sherman Yellen, music by Jery Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.
    The story tells of the rise of the Rothschild family from humble beginnings in Germany to having a financial empire which helped them to secure a declaration of rights for European Jews in an oppressive era.
    Im In Love, Im In Loveis sung by Nathan Rothschild, the youngest son of the Rothschilds dynasty who has been sent to London and has fallen in love with Hannah Cohen, an aristocratic englishwoman devoted to charity work known as the ‘Jewish Joan of Arc’.
    This song is charming and is also a rarity, which probably means they haven’t heard it before. It is a really fun uptempo baritone song.
Be bold, daring and creative and you can’t go wrong.