My Top 10 Favorite Contemporary Broadway Songs for Men
Modern musical theatre composers and lyricists are at the top of their game. Move over, Rodgers and Hammerstein. Here are my top ten favorite contemporary male musical theatre songs of all time.
*Whether these are good auditions songs or not is up to you. Use your better judgement.
10. Finishing The Hat - Sunday in the Park With George
Sondheim can sing Happy Birthday and it would be genius. In the most recent Sunday in the Park with George revival, Jake Gyllenhaal blew us away with his rendition of “Finishing The Hat.”
9. I’ll Be Here - The Wild Party
Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party takes the cake with an incredible score. Enjoy my former Texas State classmate Edwin Bates singing “I’ll Be Here” with Andrew Lippa himself on the keys. I dare you not to swoon.
8. Her Voice - The Little Mermaid
I’m a sucker for soaring tenor melodies. Disney composer and lyricist Alan Menken hit the nail on the head by giving Prince Eric “Her Voice.” Oh, and Matt Doyle can sing me to sleep.
7. Wondering - Bridges of Madison County
Ahahahsodhaskjfcasf this song gives me the FEELS. Steven Pasquale’s haunting vocals in Jason Robert Brown’s Bridges of Madison County leave us wanting more… and more… and more.
6. Come Back - Dogfight
Derek Klena, as US veteran Eddie Birdlace in Dogfight, vents about the harsh memories and inevitable heartbreak of the Vietnam War in “Come Back.” An early Pasek and Paul classic.
5. Johanna - Sweeney Todd
Sue me. I love me some Sondheim. Who doesn’t?
4. Wait For It - Hamilton
Lin-Manuel Miranda is at the top of his game with Hamilton. Not many modern day musicals compare to this one. Here’s Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. as American anti-hero Aaron Burr singing “Wait For It.”
3. Old Red Hills of Home - Parade
I only allowed myself one song from Parade here… otherwise they would’ve taken up at least half of the list. I don’t care if the song is overdone or not. If you kill it, I will love you til the end of time.
2. Dust and Ashes - Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
I’ll say it now and I’ll probably say it again 1000 times over, but Great Comet of 1812 is one of the best musicals of all time. You mesh that together with Josh Groban and you get pure magic.
1. Barrett’s Song - Titanic
A very recent favorite of mine. Took me only 20 years to discover the OBC recording of Titanic and now its all I think about. A young Brian D’Arcy James nails it as Titanic stoker Frederick Barrett with Barrett’s Song. Maury Yeston’s finest work. (and keep it on the DL… but I hear Titanic is in the works to be revived on Broadway in the next year or so.)
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