Serious Broadway Audition Songs for Lower Female Voices

5 Show-Stopping Tunes for Altos

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“Invisible” from Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

On Broadway 2010 and in West End in 2015, this popular musical tells the story of women in unhappy relationships and how in one day their fates change. This particular character, Lucía, was sung on Broadway by the great Patti LuPone. Lucía went crazy because Iván had left her right before she had his baby. The song effectively describes someone going insane. Iván is described as magic because he was always there and must be invisible. She goes to prison and years pass with Lucía only remembering one meal. At the end of the song, she realizes she is also invisible like Iván because now that she is out of prison none of the young men smile at her.

“Annie’s Party,” from Fugitive Songs by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen

Fugitive Songs is a show somewhere between a song recital and musical and is referred to as a song cycle. Unlike a traditional song cycle, several different singers sing the collection of 19 songs. Each song highlights people running away either because they did something wrong or are unhappy. It was nominated for the 2008 Drama Desk Award Nominee for Outstanding Revue. In this particular song, Annie’s boyfriend does not show up for her party. She is in pearls, with gloves, purse, and dressed to kill, but with no date is left humiliated. Still, she expresses her ability to put on a good face, while she suffers and plots revenge inside.

“Orphan Girl” by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen

A stand-alone song about a poor orphan girl who works the paper mills and lives in the hills called Black Mountain. She met a travelin’ man who attracted women as he was “handsome as a devil,” and “beautiful as sin.” He set his eyes on her and took her away to New Orleans. The first choruses have a yearning sound, “My whole life long, I’m waiting for someone. My whole life long, I’m waiting to come undone.” She felt he was her answer. Then he left and she had to carry on somehow. The last words say that the travelin’ man “gave her what she always feared. This orphan girl has finally come undone.” The song has a folk feel to it and is reminiscent of the art song classic, “The Lass From the Low Countree,” by John Jacob Niles.

“I Think That He Likes Me,” by Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond

Kooman and Dimond received the 2013 Fred Ebb Award for their satirical musical The Enlightenment of Percival von Schmootz. But, according to the songwriting duo’s blog, this is their most performed song. It tells the story of how two best friends were hanging out and something suddenly changes. His hand brushes her cheek, he looks at her weird, and it sends shivers down her spine. She deals with the fact that he likes her and by the end of the song she admits she likes him too. The song is a great piece for showing off your acting skills. It is also solidly in the alto range.

“Nobody” from Betty Blue Eyes by Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, George Stiles, and Anthony Drewe

In a small English town, where food is rationed, three local businessmen decide to illegally raise a pig to celebrate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Phillip. Their mistake is to not invite Joyce to the party because she persuades her husband to steal the pig. This song is Joyce’s reaction to hearing she is not invited to the party and is, in essence, told she is a “nobody.” She angrily sings “nobody calls me nobody…. I’m well-bred enough, well-read enough, with witty reparté, I’m good enough.” The song is mostly sung in belt.