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I'm currently in vocal lessons at my university. I would like to sing a Sondheim piece for my one musical theatre piece requirement. I don't know many of Sondheim's shows. Only the popular ones like Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd. I did read the script for Assassins that I used for a play analysis in high school. What bass/baritone pieces has Sondheim written? Thanks! :D

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Post Re: Baritone/Bass Sondheim Pieces
"In Praise of Women" from A Little Night Music (but only if you can absolutely sell it, because it is a crazy hard song to sing)
"Sorry-Grateful" from Company
"A Bowler Hat" from Pacific Overtures
"The Barber and His Wife" from Sweeney Todd
"My Friends" from Sweeney Todd
"Epiphany" from Sweeney Todd
"The Judge's Johanna" (cut) from Sweeney Todd :o LOL, kidding, don't actually do it.
"Everybody Says Don't" from Anyone Can Whistle

There are others, but those are the ones that came to mind first. If it were me, I'd lean toward ALNM or Anyone Can Whistle. But Sweeney Todd should be abundant with bass songs considering Todd is, you know, the best baritone role ever.

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Post Re: Baritone/Bass Sondheim Pieces
Also,

"With So Little To Be Sure Of" from Anyone Can Whistle
"The Road You Didn't Take" from Follies
"The Right Girl" from same
"Marry Me a Little" from "Company"
"Happily Ever After" cut from same
"Bring Me My Bride" from "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum"
"Your Eyes Are Blue" cut from same
"Comedy Tonight" from same
The Boatman's song from the "The Day Off" sequence from "Sunday in the Park with George," though that's probably better as an audition piece than a study piece.
"Fear No More" from "The Frogs."
"No One Has Ever Loved Me" from "Passion."


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Disney-Bway27 wrote:
"The Judge's Johanna" (cut) from Sweeney Todd :o LOL, kidding, don't actually do it.


Spoilsport! I had that song cut from me two days before opening because they couldn't get the set change down and had enough bigger problems that "cut!" seemed like the best solution. Actually, while it's a weird song, if you're a real bass with an F4, it COULD be a good song to show off with.

To that end, I would NEVER recommend Epiphany as an audition song. It's just so frenetic with the switching from motif to motif, and a lot of it is best done speak-sing... yeah.

Actually, I've used "My Friends" as an audition song multiple times, even for non-Sondheim stuff. It's got a simple enough accompaniment that the pianist won't be shooting you death glares, it's melodic but interesting, and it's got good dynamic range, which is a great thing to show off.

And don't forget "Pretty Women."

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I used the first section of "Unworthy of Your Love" as an audition piece. That duet as a whole is a very good piece for a baritone, or even a bass-baritone if you can hit the F-sharp.


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Thanks everyone for your help! I chose "The Road You Didn't Take" from Follies and will do "Everybody Says Don't" from Anyone Can Whistle in the future.

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The begining of "Gun Song" from Assassins.

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Post Re: Baritone/Bass Sondheim Pieces
Pannic wrote:
I used the first section of "Unworthy of Your Love" as an audition piece. That duet as a whole is a very good piece for a baritone, or even a bass-baritone if you can hit the F-sharp.


What lyric falls on the F-sharp?

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Apples2for10 wrote:
Pannic wrote:
I used the first section of "Unworthy of Your Love" as an audition piece. That duet as a whole is a very good piece for a baritone, or even a bass-baritone if you can hit the F-sharp.


What lyric falls on the F-sharp?

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