Musical Theatre Singers

of Note


Musical Theatre Singers of Note

I’ve listed some of the most important singers in Musical Theatre. This is a working list and singers will be added. The most obvious role models are listed first but after them are the ones that are of most interest to me. Male singers are now listed after the women.

Inclusion on this list doesn’t necessarily mean that the singer is great, but instead that they have had a significant career and therefore are worth study. There are many current singers who could have been included but I have chosen to add only those who have had two or more Broadway or off-Broadway roles.

Neal Richardson November 2011

Female Singers

The Obvious

Angela Lansbury

Audra McDonald

Burnadette Peters

Christine Chenoweth

Ethyl Merman

Idina Menzel

Judy Garland

Kelly O'Hara

Liza Minelli

Mary Martin

Patti LuPone

Shirley Jones

Sutton Foster

The Others

Aisha de Hass       Mamma Don’t Cry

Alice Ripley            I Miss the Mountains

Alison Fraser        Hold On

Angela Christian   How the Other Half Lives

Amy Spanger         Right In Front of Your Eyes

Andrea Burns     What More Do I Need

Anika Noni Rose     I Hate The Bus

Annaleigh Ashford    Take Me Or Leave Me (She’s the blonde)

Ashley Brown     I've Got The World On A String

Barbara Cook     Chain Of Love

Barbara Walsh    Stop, Time

Beth Fowler      Patterns

Beth Leavel         As We Stumble Along

Betsy Wolfe        Moonfall

Betty Buckley         He Plays The Violin

Carolee Carmello    Any time (I Am There)

Capathia Jenkins        Turn Back, O Man

Celeste Holm                I Cain't Say No

Celia Keenan Bolger    Blue Hair

Chita Rivera                Kiss of the Spider Woman

Christiane Noll            Once Upon A Dream

Christine Andreas        When I Look At You

Christine Ebersole       Will You

Daphne Rubin-Vega    Out Tonight

Debbie Gravitte          Mr. Monotony

Debra Monk                Everybody's Girl

Dee Hoty                        Could I Leave You?

Dianne Pilkington       Pretty Lies

Dolores Gray               If You Hadn't But You Did

Donna Mckechnie        Music and the Mirror

Donna Murphy            I Read

Donna Lynne Champlin    Lullaby

Dorothy Loudon          Fifty Percent

Eden Espinosa             Once Upon a Time

Elaine Paige                Memory

Elaine Stritch            The Little Things You Do Together

Elizabeth Stanley        Fever (Coming...)

Emily Skinner            Life With Harold

Erin Davie                The World She Writes   

Erin Dilly                    My Funny Valentine

Faith Prince                It's A Perfect Relationship

Florence Lacey          Ribbons Down My Back

Heather Headley        Elaborate Lives

Jan Maxwell                Could I Leave You

Jenn Gambatese        Love Me Tender

Jane Krakowski        I Want to Go to Hollywood

Jennifer Damiano        Superboy and the Invisible Girl  with Aaron Tviet

Jessica Molaskey        Love Me

Jill Paice                     How Will I Know?                      

Joanna Gleason         Moments in the Woods

Judith Blazer            Times Like This

Judy Kaye                 Hey There (Reprise)

Judy Kuhn                Nobody's Side

Julia Murney            Maybe I Like it this Way

Karen Olivo            It Won't Be Long Now

Karen Ziemba        Thinking of Him

Kate Baldwin        How Are Things in Glocca Morra?

Kate Shindle        Legally Blonde Remix

Katie Rowley Jones    The Life I Never Led

Kecia Lewis-Evans      Mama Will Provide

Kerry Butler        Somewhere That's Green

Kerry Ellis                I'm Not That Girl

La Chanze                I'm Here

Laura Bell Bundy      So Much Better

Laura Benanti            Unusual Way

Laura Osnes            My Heart is Split

Lauren Kennedy     Fly Into The Future

Lauren Ward            Lay Down Your Head

Lea Salonga            I'd Give My Life For You

Leslie Kritzer          One White Dress

Lillias White           Come Down from the Tree

Linda Balgord        The Role Of The Queen

Lindsay Mendez        Pretty Funny

Lisa Howard            Infinite Joy

Liz Callaway            The Story Goes On

Madeline Kahn        Never

Mari Davi                Shimmy Like They Do In Paree

Maria Schaffel            Painting Her Portrait

Marin Mazzie            Back to Before

Marnie Nixon            Just You Wait

Marti Webb                Tell Me On A Sunday

Mary Testa                  Change

Megan Hilty                Backwoods Barbie

Megan Mullaly            Deep Love

Megan McGinnis        Find Her

Melissa Errico               Nothing Has Changed

Michele Pawk               Amayzing Mayzie

Montego Glover           Colored Women

Nancy Opel                  It's a Privilege to Pee

Nancy Walker              I Can Cook Too

Natascia Diaz            My Death

Orfeh                            Ireland

Pam Myers

Patina Miller            Sister Act

Priscilla Lopez            What I Did for Love

Rachel York                Lost & Found

Randy Graff                Next Best Thing to Love

Rebecca Luker            My White Knight

Ruthie Henshall            How Did I Get To Where I Am

Sally Mayes                 A Trip To The Library

Sally Murphy               What's The Use Of Wond'rin'

Sara Ramirez                Diva's Lament (Whatever Happened To My Part)

Sarah Brightman         Think of Me

Sarah Uriarte Berry     The Joy You Feel

Sherie Rene Scott        Lovesick

Shoshana Bean            Bless The Lord

Sierra Boggess             Part of Your World

Stephanie J. Block        Get Out And Stay Out

Stephanie D’Abruzzo     Like It Was

Susan Egan                    Anything

Tammy Grimes            About A Quarter To Nine  with Wanda Richert later

Teresa McCarthy            I Remember

Terri White                    Necessity

Tonya Pinkins                Lot's Wife

Vanessa Williams         Come Rain Or Come Shine

Victoria Clark                Dividing Day

Vivian Blaine                Adelaide's Lament

Vivienne Segal              To Keep My Love Alive (Parts 1 & 2)

People to watch

Natalie Weiss            Quiet

Nikki M. James        Sal Tlay Ka Siti

Mandy Gonzalez        Breathe

Stephanie Umoh        Average, Simple Mega Superstar


Aaron Lazar               In Praise of Women

Aaron Tviet                I'm Alive

Adam Pascal               One Song Glory

Alexander Gemignani   The Best Thing That Ever Has Happened

Alfred Drake                So in Love (Reprise)

Barrett Foa                    God Save The People

Ben Vereen                    Simple Joys

Billy Porter                    Awaiting You

Bobby Steggart              Shallops and Scrubbing Brushes

Boyd Gaines                   Tonight at Eight

Brent Carver                    It's Hard To Speak My Heart

Brent Spiner                    Is Anybody There?

Brian d'Arcy James        At The Fountain

Brian Stokes Mitchell        Yesterday, Tomorrow And Today

Brooks Ashmanskas           If I Ever Say I’m Over You

Chad Kimball                     Memphis Lives In Me

Charles Kimborough        

Cheyenne Jackson            Old Devil Moon  with Kate Baldwin

Chip Zien                        No More

Christian Borle                My Dogs

Christopher Fitzgerald    You're There Too

Christopher Sieber            Issue In Question

Chuck Cooper                    The Bus

Chuck Wagner                    (Robert Westenberg)

Colm Wilkinson                Bring Him Home

Constantine Maroulis       High Enough with Amy Spanger

Danny Burstein                Madrid Is My Mama   The Right Girl

Darius de Haas                Field Flowers

David Hyde Pierce         Coffee Shop Nights

Dean Jones

Dick van Dyke                Put on a Happy Face

Douglas Sills                    Into The Fire

Eddie Korbich                Geraniums In The Winder

Euan Morton                    Pretty Lies

Gavin Creel                  What Do I Need with Love

George Hearn                I Am What I Am

Gordon MacRae            Soliloquy

Gregg Edelman                A Quiet Girl

Harry Connick                Hey There

Harve Presnell                Colorado, My Home

Howard Keel                    Where Is The Life That Late I Led

Howard McGillin            Ilona

Hugh Panaro                    Sail Me Away

Hunter Foster                    Run, Freedom, Run!

Hugh Jackman                   The Lives Of Me

James Barbour                    As Good As You.m4a

Jason Danieley                    I Miss the Music

Jason Graae                       A Green and Private Place

Jeff McCarthy                    Only At Night

Jeremy Jordan                     Drift      

Jerry Orbach                    Half As Big As Life

Joel Grey                            Mister Cellophane

John Cameron Mitchel        Winter's on the Wing

John Cullum                        Come Back to Me

John Lithgow                    Don't Look Now

John Raitt

John Rubenstein                With You

Julian Ovenden                 Soliloquy

Keith Byron Kirk

Ken Page

Kevin Chamberlin       The Moon And Me

Kevin Earley                I Thought That I Could Live

Kevin Kline 

Larry Kert                 Something's Coming

Lee Roy Reams         Dames

Len Cariou                Epiphany

Malcolm Gets            And They're Off

Mandy Patinkin        Finishing the Hat

Matthew Morrison    My Girl Back Home

Marc Kudisch            I Met A Girl

Mark Jacoby               Johanna

Matt Cavanaugh        Roberto's Eyes

Matthew Broderick

Michael Ball                Empty Chairs and Empty Tables

Michael Cerveris        Epiphany

Michael Crawford    You Can Get Away with Anything

Michael McElroy    Let It Sing

Michael Rupert                Live Alone And Like It

Nathan Lane            Happy/Sad

Norbert Leo Butz    Moving Too Fast

Norm Lewis            You Should Be Loved

Raul Esparza            Marry Me a Little

Richard Kiley            The Impossible Dream (The Quest)

Robert Cuccioli        This is the Moment

Robert Goulet            C'est Moi

Robert Morse            I Believe In You

Robert Preston         I Won't Send Roses

Robert Westenberg    Agony with Chuck Wagner

Ron Bohmer            Free, Easy Guy

Ron Raines             Hey There        The Road You Didn't Take

Shuler Hensley         No Other Way

Stephen Bogardus      You Got To Die Some Time

Stephen Buntrock     The Voice Across the Moors

Stephen Pasquale    The Streets of Dublin

Steve Balsamo        Gethsemane

Steve Kazee            Gold

Terrance Mann       Stars

Theodore Bikel

Titus Burgess        The House of Love

Tom Hewitt            Quiet Life

Tom Wopat            I Stayed

Tony Yazbeck        All I Need Is The Girl

Tyler Maynard        Epiphany

Victor Garber        Johanna

Will Chase            Top 5 Desert Island Breakups

Will Swenson        Hair

Zero Mostel            If I Were A Rich Man