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#134: 74 Golden Age Musical Theatre Songs for Tenor

74 Golden Age Musical Theatre Songs for Tenor - 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. Tenor 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 tenor 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 74 Golden Age Musical Theatre songs for tenor 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 Tenor

  1. All I Need Is the Girl - Gypsy (Styne & Sondheim)

  2. All Kinds of People - Pipe Dream (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  3. Almost Like Being In Love - Brigadoon (Loewe & Lerner)

  4. A New Love Is Old - The Cat and the Fiddle (Kern & Harbach)

  5. A New Town Is A Blue Town - The Pajama Game (Adler & Ross)

  6. Bon Voyage - Candide (Bernstein, Sondheim, La Touche & Hellman)  

  7. Come with Me - The Boys from Syracuse (Rodgers & Hart)

  8. Easy To Love (You'd Be So Easy To Love) - Born to Dance (Porter & Newman)

  9. Fanny - Fanny (Rome)

  10. Geraniums In The Winder - Carousel (Hammerstein)

  11. Hey There - The Pajama Game (Adler & Ross)

  12. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket - Follow the Fleet (Berlin & Steiner)

  13. I Am in Love - Can-Can (Porter)

  14. I Could Write A Book - Pal Joey (Rodgers & Hart)

  15. I Like You - Fanny (Rome)

  16. I Met A Girl - Bells Are Ringing (Styne, Comden & Green)

  17. Kansas City - Oklahoma! (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  18. Like A God - Flower Drum Song (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  19. Lonely House - Street Scene (Weill & Hughes)

  20. Lucky In Love - Good News (Henderson)

  21. Many Moons Ago - Once Upon a Mattress (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  22. Margot - The Desert Song (Romberg, Hammerstein, Harbach & Mandel)

  23. Maria - West Side Story (Berstein & Sondheim)

  24. Maybe I Should Change My Ways - Beggar’s Holiday (Ellington & La Touche)

  25. Night Of My Nights - Kismet (Forrest & Wright)

  26. Old Devil Moon - Finian’s Rainbow (Lane & Harburg)

  27. Once Upon A Time Today - Call me Madam (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  28. On the Street Where You Live - My Fair Lady (Loewe & Lerner)

  29. Serenade - The Student Prince (Romberg, Brodszky & Stoll)

  30. Shipoopi - The Music Man (Wilson)

  31. Sit Down You're Rockin' The Boat - Guys and Dolls (Loesser)

  32. Steppin' Out With My Baby - Easter Parade (Berlin)

  33. Stranger in Paradise - Kismet (Forrest & Wright)

  34. That's the Way It Happens - Me and Juliet (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  35. The Big Black Giant - Me and Juliet (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  36. The Breeze Kissed Your Hair - The Cat and the Fiddle (Kern & Harbach)

  37. The Wild Justice - Lost in the Stars (Weill & Anderson)

  38. Tschaikowsky (And Other Russians) - Lady in the Dark (Weill & Gershwin)

  39. When I'm Not Near The Girl I Love - Finian’s Rainbow (Lane & Harburg)

  40. Wish You Were Here - Wish You Were Here (Rome)

  41. You're Devastating - Roberta (Kern & Harbach)

  42. You've Got to Be Carefully Taught - South Pacific (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  43. You Are Beautiful - Flower Drum Song (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  44. You Are Never Away - Allegro (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  45. Young And Foolish - Plain and Fancy (Hague & Horwitt)

  46. Younger Than Springtime - South Pacific (Rodgers & Hammerstein)

  47. Amsterdam - Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Brel, Shuman & Blau)

  48. Any Dream Will Do - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Lloyd-Webber & Rice)

  49. Asking For You - Do Re Mi (Styne, Comden & Green)

  50. Beethoven Day - You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Gesner)

  51. Boy For Sale - Oliver! (Bart)

  52. Close Every Door Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Lloyd-Webber & Rice)

  53. Fifty Million Years Ago - Celebration (Schmidt & Jones)

  54. Free - A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum (Sondheim)

  55. I'm Calm - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Sondheim)

  56. I Believe In You - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Loesser)

  57. I Don't Care Much - Cabaret (Kander & Ebb)

  58. If You Could See Her, Sitting Pretty - Cabaret (Kander & Ebb)

  59. I Hear - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Sondheim)

  60. I Know About Love - Do Re Mi (Styne, Comden & Green)

  61. I Will Follow You - Milk and Honey (Herman)

  62. Love - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Sondheim)

  63. Make Someone Happy - Do Re Mi (Styne, Comden & Green)

  64. Mama - 1776 (Edwards)

  65. Miracle Of Miracles - Fiddler on the Roof (Bock & Harnick)

  66. She Loves Me - She Loves Me (Bock & Harnick)

  67. She Wasn't You - On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Lane & Lerner)

  68. Sitting Pretty (The Money Song) - Cabaret (Kander & Ebb)

  69. Stay - Do I Hear a Waltz? (Rodgers & Sondheim)

  70. Tango Tragique - She Loves Me (Bock & Harnick)

  71. The Apple Tree (Forbidden Fruit) - The Apple Tree (Bock & Harnick)

  72. Tomorrow Belongs To Me - Cabaret (Kander & Ebb)

  73. Tonight At Eight - She Loves Me (Bock & Harnick)

  74. Willkommen - Cabaret (Kander & Ebb)


The vast array of tenor 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 tenor 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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