The Golden Age of Musical Theatre: When men were men, and not asked to belt out high B-flats!

While there are a few different dates floating around as far when The Golden Age of Musical Theatre happened exactly, it’s roughly the shows of the 1940s through the 1960s, and I think I’d have to say the early 60s.  With over two decades of music to choose from, how do you possibly start finding that perfect song?

The good new is, there is no shortage of material.  As a coach, that means that you can absolutely find the perfect fit for your singers, regardless of their “type” or vocal range.  We have so many wonderful songs to choose from, it should really be enjoyable to sift through the archives and dust off come great tunes.

While it’s a general practice worth adhering to for auditions in general, it is especially easy to find music that is appropriate for the person who will be auditioning.  Most audition notices for these shows will say something along the lines of “Please sing a standard musical theatre song,” or “Please sing in the style of the show.”  This is anything but limiting, and with “a little bit of luck” you will find a song that you love to teach, your singer loves to sing, and the intimidating folks behind the table will love to hear.

The Golden Age of musical theatre has a little something for everyone, so your job as a teacher and coach just got easier.  It might take a little more effort to find a contemporary theatre song for the highest of sopranos and the most manly of basses, but if you go back a few decades, everyone has their place.  We have great tunes for the leading men and women, as well as wonderful, spicy character songs, and everything in between.  You’ll be able to easily find a song that is age, type, and range appropriate for any singer.

It is impossible to narrow down the top ten audition songs from the Golden Age, so I tried to choose songs that exemplify the vast material available.  As always, you can watch the videos below, or stop on by and check out our YouTube channel.

“Falling In Love With Love”  from The Boys From Syracuse

“When I’m Not Near The Girl I Love” from Finian’s Rainbow

“Pirate Jenny” from The Threepenny Opera

“The Girl That I Marry” from Annie Get Your Gun

“Distant Melody” from Peter Pan

“All I Need Is The Girl” from Gypsy

“Zip” from Pal Joey

“Lucky To Be Me” from On The Town

“I Wish I Were In Love Again” from Babes in Arms

“Kansas City” from Oklahoma


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