Musical Theatre Audition Songs for Tenors

58+ Musical Theatre Audition Songs for Tenors

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Hey boys. I’m not a male, but I’ve compiled you a list of audition song ideas anyway!

I’ve already written a very detailed post on choosing a standout audition song. It walks you through seven steps to figuring out if the song is right for you and the show you’re auditioning for!

Feel free to take my audition song idea quiz or just check out this list of songs for tenors below!

Audition Song Idea List for Tenors

Uptempo for Tenors:

  • “Wait for Me”: Hadestown*
  • “Prayer of the Comfort Counselor”: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • “When I Drive”: Bonnie and Clyde
  • “And I Breathe”: Next Thing You Know   
  • “Heaven on Their Minds”: Jesus Christ Superstar
  • “Superstar”: Jesus Christ Superstar
  • “I’m Alive”: Next to Normal   
  • “Fifty Million Years Ago”: Celebration
  • “The Schmuel Song”: The Last Five Years
  • “Come Back”: Dogfight   
  • “Larger Than Life”: My Favorite Year   
  • “I Turned the Corner”: Thoroughly Modern Millie   
  • “Still”: Anastasia  
  • “Stranger”: Big Fish  
  • “Cold Feet”: The Drowsy Chaperone
  • “The Picture Show”: Parade
  • “When the Booth Goes Bright”: Amélie   
  • “Where In the World”: The Secret Garden
  • “Raise A Little Hell (Reprise)”: Bonnie and Clyde
  • “Bright Star”: Bright Star    
  • “Goodbye”: Catch Me If You Can*
  • “Grow for Me”: Little Shop of Horrors    
  • “I Believe in You”: How to Succeed in Business   
  • “Buffalo Nickel Photoplay Inc.”: Ragtime 
  • “Lost in the Wilderness”: Children of Eden   
  • “Ladies’ Choice”: Hairspray    
  • “That Face”: Dogfight
  • “Live in Living Color”: Catch Me If You Can    
  • “Miracle of Miracles”: Fiddler on the Roof    
  • “My Petersburg”: Anastasia    
  • “She is Not Thinking of Me”: Gigi    
  • “She Loves Me”: She Loves Me    
  • “Singin’ in the Rain”: Singin’ in the Rain*    
  • “Tonight at Eight”: She Loves Me    
  • “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught”: South Pacific**   
  • “Take a Chance on Me”: Little Women
  • “I Met a Girl”: Bells Are Ringing
  • “Cross the Line”: Big
  • “Gonna Build a Wall”: Shrek the Musical
  • “Beethoven Day”: You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
  • “Don’t Do Sadness”: Spring Awakening
  • “Freeze Your Brain”: Heathers
  • “Come to a Party”: Dogfight

Ballads for Tenors:

  • “She Was There”: The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • “When I’m Not Near the Girl I Love”: Finian’s Rainbow
  • “Bring Him Home”: Les Misérables*
  • “Daffodils”: Big Fish
  • There But For You Go I”: Brigadoon   
  • “How Can I Call This Home?”: Parade
  • “I Don’t Care Much”: Cabaret
  • “Bonnie”: Bonnie and Clyde
  • “Endless Night”: The Lion King   
  • “Epic III”: Hadestown
  • “He’s Not Here”: Next to Normal   
  • “Race You to the Top of the Morning”: The Secret Garden
  • “Il Mondo Era Vuoto”: The Light in the Piazza  
  • “Leave”: Once   
  • “Haled’s Song About Love”: The Band’s Visit
  • “Why Does She Love Me?” Love Never Dies
  • “Run Away With Me”: The Mad Ones  
  • “Some Girls”: Once on This Island   
  • “You Don’t Need to Love Me”: If/Then   
  • “Why God Why?”: Miss Saigon
  • “Many Moons Ago”: Once Upon A Mattress
  • “Why God Why?”: Miss Saigon   
  • “Not a Day Goes By”: Merrily We Roll Along
  • “You Never Know”: If/Then  
  • “When Words Fail”: Shrek the Musical
  • “Santa Fe”: Newsies*
  • “Love To Me”: The Light In the Piazza
  • “Beneath a Moonless Sky”: Love Never Dies

*Possibly overdone. If it’s the perfect song and you can kill it, I say go for it.

**Content might not be suitable for every audition.

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