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Top Picks: Must-Have Musical Theater Songs for Mezzo-Sopranos

Updated: Jun 23

Mezzo-soprano singers bring depth, warmth, and versatility to the stage, making them a cherished presence in musical theater. Whether you're a seasoned performer or just beginning your musical journey, finding the perfect songs to showcase your talent can be a thrilling yet daunting task. Fear not! This curated list presents a diverse array of show-stopping numbers tailored to the unique range and emotive capabilities of mezzo-sopranos. From classic ballads to contemporary hits, let's explore a repertoire that promises to captivate audiences and highlight the rich timbre of the mezzo voice.

Golden Age (1940-1960)

  1. I Got The Sun In The Morning from Annie Get Your Gun (Irving Berlin)

  2. I Can Cook Too from On The Town (Leonard Berstein)

  3. He Was Tall from Cinderella (Rodgers and Hammerstein)

  4. Look to the Rainbow from Finian’s Rainbow (Lane and Harburg)

  5. Shopping Around from Wish You Were Here (Harold Rome)

Post Golden Age (1960-1970)

  1. Yes, My Heart from Carnival (Stewart and Merrill)

  2. An Orthodox Fool from No Strings (Richard Rodgers)

  3. Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm from How To Succeed In Business Without Trying (Frank Loesser)

  4. Poor Little Hollywood Star from Little Me (Coleman and Leigh)

  5. A Trip To The Library from She Loves Me (Bock and Harnick)

Contemporary (1970-Modern)

  1. Carrie from Carrie (Pitchford and Gore)

  2. Times Are Hard For Dreamers from Amalie (Messe and Tysen)

  3. Roxie from Chicago (Kander and Ebb)

  4. A New Life from Jekyll and Hyde (Frank Wildhorn)

  5. Look At Me Now from The Wild Party (Andrew Lippa)


  1. That’ll Show Him from A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

  2. Now You Know from Merrily We Roll Along

  3. Loving You from Passion

  4. Moments In The Woods from Into The Woods

  5. I'm Still Here from Follies

Pop/Rock Musicals

  1. I Will from Diana (Bryan and DiPietro)

  2. Luckiest Girl in The World from Pretty Woman (Adams and Vallance)

  3. What I Know Now from Beetlejuice (Eddie Perfect)

  4. Dead Girl Walking from Heathers (Laurence O'Keefe)

  5. Out Tonight from Rent (Jonathon Larsen)


  1. Watch What Happens from Newsies (Menken and Feldman)

  2. Practically Perfect from Mary Poppins (Sherman, Sherman, Stiles, Drewe)

  3. Home from Beauty and the Beast (Menken and Ashman)

  4. These Palace Walls from Aladdin (Menken and Ashman)

  5. Waiting For This Moment from Tarzan (Phil Collins)

Empowering Anthems

  1. Defying Gravity from Wicked (Stephen Schwartz)

  2. Rose's Turn from Gypsy (Styne and Sondheim)

  3. Much Better from Legally Blonde (O'Keefe and Benjamin)

  4. And I Am Telling You from Dreamgirls (Krieger and Eyen)

  5. Journey to The Past from Anastasia (Flaherty and Ahrens)

Quirky & Character Driven

  1. Adelaide's Lament from Guys and Dolls (Frank Loesser)

  2. My New Philosophy from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Gesner and Lippa)

  3. Stepsister's Lament from Cinderella (Rodgers and Hammerstein)

  4. Buenos Aires from Evita (Lloyd Webber and Rice)

  5. All For You from Seussical (Flaherty and Ahrens)

Whether you're belting out a power anthem or tenderly conveying heart-wrenching emotion, these musical theater gems offer a showcase for the remarkable talent and versatility of mezzo-sopranos. Remember, the key to a memorable performance lies in embodying the essence of each song and infusing it with your unique personality and interpretation. So, warm up those vocal cords, embrace the spotlight, and let the magic of musical theater transport you and your audience on an unforgettable journey.

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Tina Golden

Vocal and MT Audition Coach

10+ years singing and dance experience

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