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149 Golden Age Musical Theatre Songs for Soprano


149 Golden Age Musical Theatre Songs for Soprano - Rebecca Reid Vocal Studio



The Golden Age of Musical Theatre stands as a cornerstone in musical theatre's history, a period that shaped and defined the essence of musical storytelling. Spanning roughly from the 1940s to the 1960s, this era witnessed an explosion of creativity, introducing timeless classics that continue to resonate with audiences today. Soprano roles played a pivotal part in this era, bringing depth, emotion, and an enduring allure to musical performances. Their songs, characterised by their range and emotional resonance, left an indelible mark on audiences, elevating the storytelling and adding layers of richness to the stage.

During this transformative era, the Golden Age of Musical Theatre was not merely a theatrical phenomenon; it became an integral part of cultural history. Composers like Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein, and Jule Styne, alongside lyricists such as Oscar Hammerstein II and Stephen Sondheim, crafted masterpieces that redefined musical theatre. Productions like West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and The Sound of Music didn't just entertain; they became cultural touchstones, shaping the aspirations and imaginations of audiences around the world.


The enduring influence of these soprano songs stretches far beyond their original performances. They've woven themselves into the very fabric of musical theatre and popular culture, leaving an indelible mark that persists through generations. These songs, with their emotive storytelling and melodic brilliance, continue to resonate with performers and audiences alike. They're not just musical numbers but windows into the human experience, capturing emotions and narratives that transcend time and space. Their impact is felt not only on the stage but also in the hearts of those who experience their magic.


These 149 Golden Age Musical Theatre songs for soprano serve as a wellspring of inspiration for aspiring performers, offering a treasure trove of material to explore and interpret. They challenge singers to embrace the emotional depth and technical prowess required to bring these timeless compositions to life. Their ability to evoke emotions and tell stories through music remains unparalleled, ensuring their relevance in contemporary performances and adaptations.


 

Golden Age Musical Theatre Songs for Soprano

  1. 1776: He Plays the Violin - Roberta (Kern & Harbach)

  2. 84 Love - Flower Drum Song (Rodger & Hammerstein)

  3. Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life - - Naughty Marietta (Herbert & Young)

  4. A Little Bit in Love - Wonderful Town (Bernstein, Comden & Green)

  5. All Through the Night - Anything Goes (Porter)

  6. A Lovely Night - Cinderella (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  7. And This Is My Beloved - Kismet (Robert Wright, George Forrest, Alexander Borodin)

  8. Art Is Calling for Me - The Enchantress (de Gresac, Smith & Herbert)

  9. A Very Special Day - Me & Juliet (Rodger)

  10. Barbara Song - The Threepenny Opera (Weill & Brecht)

  11. Baubles, Bangles and Beads - Kismet (Robert Wright, George Forrest, Alexander Borodin)

  12. Begin the Beguine - Jubilee (Porter)

  13. Bewitched - Pal Joey (Rodgers & Hart)

  14. Bill - Show Boat (Kern & Hammerstein)

  15. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - Show Boat (Kern & Hammerstein)

  16. Climb Ev'ry Mountain - The Sound of Music (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  17. Come Home - Allegro (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  18. Falling in Love with Love - The Boys from Syracuse (Rodgers & Hart)

  19. Fascinating Rhythm  - Lady, Be Good (Gershwin & Gershwin)

  20. Getting to Know You - The King & I (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  21. Glad to Be Unhappy - On Your Toes (Rodgers & Hart)

  22. Glitter and Be Gay - Candide (Bernstein & Wilbur)

  23. Goodnight, My Someone - The Music Man (Wilson)

  24. Hello, Young Lovers - The King & I (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  25. He Loves and She Loves - Funny Face (Gershwin & Gershwin)

  26. He Was Tall - Cinderella (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  27. He Was Too Good to Me - Simple Simon (Rodgers & Hart)

  28. How Long Has This Been Going On? - Rosalie (Gershwin & Romberg)

  29. I'll Follow My Secret Heart - Conversation Piece (Coward)

  30. I'll Know - Guys & Dolls (Loesser)

  31. I'll Show Him - Plain & Fancy (Hague & Horwitt)

  32. I'll Show Him - Plain & Fancy (Hague & Horwitt)

  33. I've Got a Crush on You - Strike up the Band (Gershwin & Gershwin)

  34. I Could Be Happy with You, It's Nicer in Nice - The Boy Friend (Wilson)

  35. I Could Have Danced All Night - My Fair Lady (Loewe)

  36. I Feel Pretty - West Side Story (Bernstein & Sondheim)

  37. If I Loved You - Carousel (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  38. If I Were a Bell -  Guys & Dolls (Loesser)

  39. I Hate Men - Kiss Me, Kate (Porter)

  40. I Have a Love - West Side Story (Bernstein & Sondheim)

  41. I Have Confidence - The Sound of Music (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  42. I Have Dreamed - The King & I (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  43. I Have to Tell You - Fanny (Rome)

  44. In My Own Little Corner - Cinderella (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  45. Italian Street Song - Naughty Marietta (Herbert & Young)

  46. It Never Was You  - Knickerbocker Holiday (Weill & Anderson)

  47. It Wonders Me - Plain & Fancy (Hague & Horwitt)

  48. It Wonders Me - Plain & Fancy (Hague & Horwitt)

  49. I Whistle a Happy Tune - The King & I (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  50. I Wonder What Became of Me - St. Louis Woman (Arlen & Mercer)

  51. Just You Wait - My Fair Lady (Loewe)

  52. Like a Woman Loves a Man - The Most Happy Fella (Loesser)

  53. Look Away - Flower Drum Song (Rodger & Hammerstein)

  54. Look for a Sky of Blue Little Mary Sunshine (Besoyan)

  55. Lover, Come Back to Me - The New Moon (Romberg, Hammerstein, Mandel & Schwab)

  56. Make Believe, Why Do I Love You? - Show Boat (Kern & Hammerstein)

  57. Many a New Day - Oklahoma! (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  58. Mira - Carnival (Merrill)

  59. Mister Snow - Carousel (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  60. Mr. Right - Love Life (Weill & Lerner)

  61. My Favorite Things - The Sound of Music (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  62. My Funny Valentine - Babes in Arms (Rodgers & Hart)

  63. My House - Peter Pan (Charlap, Styne, Comden, Green & Leigh)

  64. My Lord and Master - The King & I (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  65. My Ship - Lady in the Dark (Weill & Gershwin)

  66. My White Knight - The Music Man (Wilson)

  67. Nobody Makes a Pass at Me - Pins & Needles (Rome)

  68. No Other Love - Me & Juliet (Rodger)

  69. Oh, Goddess Wise - Princess Ida (Gilbert & Sullivan)

  70. Old Maid - 110 in the Shade (Schmidt & Jones)

  71. Once You Lose Your Heart - Me & My Girl (Gay & Furber)

  72. One Life to Live - Lady in the Dark (Weill & Gershwin)

  73. Out of My Dreams - Oklahoma! (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  74. People Will Say We're in Love - Oklahoma! (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  75. Pirate Jenny, Solomon Song - The Threepenny Opera (Weill & Brecht)

  76. Poor Wand'ring One - The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan)

  77. Raunchy, Is It Really Me? - 110 in the Shade (Schmidt & Jones)

  78. Show Me - My Fair Lady (Loewe)

  79. Simple Little Things - 110 in the Shade (Schmidt & Jones)

  80. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Roberta (Kern & Harbach)

  81. So Far - Allegro (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  82. So in Love - Kiss Me, Kate (Porter)

  83. Somebody, Somewhere - The Most Happy Fella (Loesser)

  84. Somehow I Never Could Believe - Street Scene (Weill & Hughes)

  85. Someone to Watch Over Me - Oh, Kay! (Gershwin & Gershwin)

  86. Something Good -The Sound of Music (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  87. Something Wonderful - The King & I (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  88. Somewhere - West Side Story (Bernstein & Sondheim)

  89. Speak Low - One Touch of Venus (Weill & Nash)

  90. Stay Well, Trouble Man - Lost in the Stars (Weill & Anderson)

  91. Summertime - Porgy & Bess (Gershwin, Gershwin & Heyward)

  92. Surabaya Johnny - Happy End (Weill & Brecht)

  93. Sweet Thursday - Pipe Dream (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  94. Ten Minutes Ago - Cinderella (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  95. The Gypsy in Me - Anything Goes (Porter)

  96. The Man I Love - Lady, Be Good (Gershwin & Gershwin)

  97. There's a Small Hotel - On Your Toes (Rodgers & Hart)

  98. There's Music in You - Cinderella (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  99. The Saga of Jenny - Lady in the Dark (Weill & Gershwin)

  100. The Song Is You - Music in the Air (Kern & Hammerstein)

  101. The Sound of Music - The Sound of Music (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  102. The Sun, Whose Rays Are All Ablaze - The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)

  103. The Woman in His Room - Where’s Charley? (Loesser)

  104. This Is All Very New to Me - Plain & Fancy (Hague & Horwitt)

  105. This Is All Very New to Me - Plain & Fancy (Hague & Horwitt)

  106. Till There Was You - The Music Man (Wilson)

  107. Vilia - The Merry Widow (Lehár & Ross)

  108. Waitin' for My Dearie - Brigadoon (Loewe)

  109. Warm All Over - The Most Happy Fella (Loesser)

  110. We Kiss in a Shadow - The King & I (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  111. Welcome Home - Johnny Guitar (Lee & Young)

  112. What's the Use of Wond'rin' - Carousel (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  113. What Good Would the Moon Be? - Street Scene (Weill & Hughes)

  114. When Did I Fall in Love? - Fiorello! (Bock & Harnick)

  115. Where or When - Babes in Arms (Rodgers & Hart)

  116. Who Am I? - Peter Pan (Charlap, Styne, Comden, Green & Leigh)

  117. Why Was I Born? - Sweet Adeline (Kern & Hammerstein)

  118. Without You - My Fair Lady (Loewe)

  119. Wouldn't It Be Loverly - My Fair Lady (Loewe)

  120. Yes, My Heart - Carnival (Merrill)

  121. Yesterdays - Roberta (Kern & Harbach)

  122. You'll Never Walk Alone - Carousel (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  123. 210 Dear Friend - She Love Me (Bock & Harnick)

  124. 66 Under the Tree - Celebration (Schmidt & Jones)

  125. A Quiet Thing - Flora, The Red Menace (Kander & Ebb)

  126. Before I Gaze at You Again - Camelot (Loewe & Lerner)

  127. Cry like the Wind - Do Re Mi (Stone, Comden & Green)

  128. Far from the Home I Love - Fiddler on the Roof (Bock & Harnick)

  129. Feelings - The Apple Tree (Bock & Harnick)

  130. Gooch's Song - Mame (Herman)

  131. How Lovely to Be a Woman, One Boy - Bye Bye Birdie (Strouse & Adams)

  132. I Don't Know His Name -  She Love Me (Bock & Harnick)

  133. I Like Him - Drat! The Cat! (Levin & Schafer)

  134. I Loved - Jacques Brel is Alive & Well & Living in Paris (Blau & Shuman)

  135. I Loved You Once in Silence - Camelot (Loewe & Lerner)

  136. I Remember - Evening Primrose (Sondheim)

  137. Love, Don't Turn Away - 110 in the Shade (Schmidt & Jones)

  138. Matchmaker - - Fiddler on the Roof (Bock & Harnick)

  139. Much More - The Fantasticks (Schmidt & Jones)

  140. No More Candy - She Love Me (Bock & Harnick)

  141. Ribbons Down My Back - Hello, Dolly! (Herman)

  142. Sons of… - Jacques Brel is Alive & Well & Living in Paris (Blau & Shuman)

  143. Take Me to the World - Evening Primrose (Sondheim)

  144. The Secret Service - Mr. President (Berlin)

  145. The Simple Joys of Maidenhood - Camelot (Loewe & Lerner)

  146. Vanilla Ice Cream - She Love Me (Bock & Harnick)

  147. What Does He Want of Me - Man of La Mancha (Leigh & Darion)

  148. What Makes Me Love Him - The Apple Tree (Bock & Harnick)

  149. Will He Like Me? - She Love Me (Bock & Harnick)

 

The vast array of soprano songs from the Golden Age encapsulates a rich tapestry of emotions, melodies, and storytelling. They represent a diverse spectrum of human experiences, from soaring joys to heart-wrenching sorrows. As we reflect on these classics, it becomes evident that their beauty lies not just in their melodies but in the universality of their themes.


For aspiring performers, these songs are more than musical pieces; they are gateways to understanding the intricacies of performance and storytelling. Embracing these classics is an invitation to explore the nuances of character, emotion, and vocal expression, enriching one's journey as an artist.


So, to those embarking on their musical journey or seeking to broaden their repertoire, delve into these classics with an open heart and an eagerness to interpret them in your unique voice. The richness and depth of the Golden Age soprano songs await your exploration and interpretation.


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* Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for general informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional or medical advice. Singers and professional voice users should always consult with qualified professionals, such as singing teachers or medical practitioners before making any decisions or taking any actions related to their vocal health and wellbeing.


 

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