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April 1, 2020

Shows That are Perfect for a Singalong


Bust out your best speakers and get ready for an unforgettable Broadway singalong! At Concord Theatricals, we are proud to represent some of the most hummable musicals from the classic to the contemporary. Check out these shows that will unleash the karaoke star within.

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35m: A Musical Exhibition
Music & Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver

If you’re looking for something to really sing your heart out to, look no further than 35mm. This contemporary musical with high-octane rock rhythms is based on a series of photographs. Featuring such hits as “On Monday,” “The Ballad of Sara Berry” and “Caralee,” each song captures a moment in time, giving you excellent characters and stories to dig into. This score was made for hair-brush-microphone singing. (US/UK)

An American in Paris
Music & Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin / Book by Craig Lucas

When it comes to a singalong, you can’t go wrong with a Gershwin. An American in Paris, based on the film of the same name, boasts an iconic score with such hummable tunes as “I Got Rhythm” and “’S Wonderful.” Bonus: you can really flex your dancing skills singing along to this. (US/UK)

Music by Richard Rodgers / Book by Oscar Hammerstein II / Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II 

For all you bass singers and sopranos out there, Carousel is your time to shine. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic features music that ranges from the achingly gorgeous to the toe-tappable. You won’t be able to help bursting into song when “June is Bustin’ Out All Over” or “What’s the Use of Wond’rin?” comes on. (US/UK)

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber / Based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot / Additional material written by Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe

Let’s just be honest: a lot of us are singing for an audience of our cats. Time to make them feel included with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit, CATS. Featuring the poems of T.S. Eliot, this character-based musical includes the unforgettable (and addictively hummable) “Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats,” “The Rum Tum Tugger,” “Mr. Mistoffelees” and “Memory.” (US)

Book by Richard Nelson / Lyrics by Tim Rice / Music by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson

Really looking to jam out? The 80s pop musical Chess, by Tim Rice and ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, is perfect for belting out. Chess is a sung-through, Cold War era tale of a two countries, the United States and the USSR, playing politics against the backdrop of an international chess match. With breakout hits like “One Night in Bangkok” and “Nobody’s Side,” this is a treat for any fan of both pop and musical theatre. (US)

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse / Music by John Kander / Lyrics by Fred Ebb / Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins / Script adaptation by David Thompson

Pop, six, squish… Kander and Ebb’s murderously fun Chicago will have you in song from the very first vamp. Set in 1920s Chicago, the musical follows Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly as they vie for the spotlight and put on a great show to prove their innocence. The hits don’t stop with songs like “All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” “When You’re Good to Mama,” and so many more. From start to finish this show is singalong gold! (US/UK)

A Chorus Line
Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett / Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante / Music by Marvin Hamlisch / Lyrics by Edward Kleban

No musical theatre singalong would be complete without a showing from A Chorus Line. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical features classics like “One,” “What I Did For Love,” and “I Can Do That.” Bust out your best moves and show that you’re a singular sensation. (US/UK)

Music by Richard Rodgers / Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II / New Book by Douglas Carter Beane / Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II

Even in your own little corner you can sing along to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. These dreamy, stunning melodies will transport you into a fairy tale with such favorites as “Impossible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.” It’s childhood nostalgia meets musical theatre mastery, making for a perfect day of singing and dreaming. (US/UK)

Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen / Music by Henry Krieger / Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler 

Who among us has not completely torn up the stage singing “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”? Dreamgirls brings you the addictive melodies of the 1960s and 70s as we follow an up-and-coming girl group, The Dreams, as they entangle themselves in the competitive world of the entertainment industry. A perfect show to FaceTime your friends and bust out your best girl group moves. (US/UK)

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Music by Dan Gillespie Sells / Book & Lyrics by Tom MacRae

This West End hit is the perfect new musical to bop along to. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in but knows he’s going to be a sensation. With exciting new songs like “And You Don’t Even Know It” and “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” you’ll be ready to get dolled up and fabulous. (US/UK)

Funny Girl
Music by Jule Styne / Lyrics by Bob Merrill / Book by Isobel Lennart

Time to let them know that nothing and nobody can rain on your parade. Funny Girl, the touchstone 1960s musical about comedian Fanny Brice, is the prime opportunity to sport your Barbra Streisand impression. So put on your best swan costume, strap on your roller skates, and belt out “I’m the Greatest Star,” “People” and “Don’t Rain On My Parade.” (US/UK)

Fun Home
Music by Jeanine Tesori / Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron

This Broadway smash hit boasts stunning music and lyrics that demand attention. Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Fun Home is an achingly gorgeous exploration of growing up, coming out, and discovering who your parents are. You won’t be able to help singing your heart out to “Ring of Keys,” “Changing My Major” and “Telephone Wire.” (US/UK)

Book by Arthur Laurents / Music by Jule Styne / Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Curtain up, light the lights! Belt it out like Merman, Peters, Midler, or LuPone to Gypsy. The quintessential Broadway musical about the ultimate show mother is a cornerstone of any singalong. Once you get a gimmick, everything’ll be coming up roses. (US/UK)

Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado / Music by Galt MacDermot 

If you’re ready to switch gears, you can’t go wrong with HAIR. The hippie musical with standout hits like “Aquarius,” “Hair,” “Good Morning Starshine” and “Let the Sunshine In” will make you feel like you’re in Central Park on a hot day. Bonus points for shaking your hair at your pet. They love that. (US/UK)

Book, Music & Lyrics by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe 

What’s your damage? Put on your scrunchies and get ready to jam out to Heathers The Musical. The cult-classic rock musical is a perfect fit for anyone looking for a little danger. Get your roommates and friends together and totally nail “Candy Store,” “Freeze Your Brain,” “Our Love is God” and “Seventeen.” (US/UK)

Jesus Christ Superstar
Lyrics by Tim Rice / Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

The timeless rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is a hit with any fan of musical theatre. Throw out your training and get ready to shred such favorites as “Heaven on Their Minds,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “King Herod’s Song” and “Superstar.” (US)

Man of La Mancha
Written by Dale Wasserman / Music by Mitch Leigh / Lyrics by Joe Darion

If you’re looking for some high drama, look no further than Man of La Mancha. This play within a play follows the knight, Don Quixote, as he sets out to right all the wrongs in the world. The words of this timeless musical might feel more relevant than ever as you sing “The Impossible Dream.” Or, if you jog, “Man of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)” is the perfect song to sing if you’re keeping a nine-minute mile — fun fact! (US/UK)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Book, Music and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes

If it’s a FaceTime/Zoom/Google Hangout singalong you’re looking for, you’ll have a blast with The Mystery of Edwin Drood. We know you’ll absolutely slam-dunk “The Writing on the Wall,” “Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead,” “Perfect Strangers,” and “Off to the Races.” Once you’ve gotten to the end, vote with your friends on who did it! Or, challenge: do every single confession. And there you are! (US)

Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Music & Lyrics by Dave Malloy

There’s a war going out there, somewhere… but not in your house. Break out the vodka and oysters and get ready to sing along to this electro-pop adaptation of a scandalous slice of War and Peace. Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 will transform your space into a circus tent as you sing out “No One Else,” “Charming” and “Sonya Alone.” (US/UK)

The Secret Garden
Music and Lyrics by Marsha Norman / Music by Lucy Simon 

Get swept away with The Secret Garden. This enchanting musical based on the literary classic will have you sighing with contentment as you sing along to such classics as “Hold On” and “Lily’s Eyes.” (US/UK)

The Sound of Music
Music by Richard Rodgers / Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II / Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

If you need a feel-good classic about love and overcoming hardship, The Sound of Music is your show. The inspirational story, based on the memoir of Maria Augusta Trapp, follows an ebullient postulate who serves as governess to the seven children of the imperious Captain Von Trapp, bringing music and joy to the household. But as the forces of Nazism take hold of Austria, Maria and the entire Von Trapp family must make a moral decision. Featuring a trove of cherished songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Sixteeen Going on Seventeen” and the title number, your spirits will soar as you sing hit after hit. (US/UK)

Sunset Boulevard
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber / Book and Lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton 

I’m ready for my closeup… Get ready to live out your Hollywood fantasies with Sunset Boulevard. Based on the film of the same name, this Tony-winning masterwork follows the faded silent-screen actress Norma Desmond and impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis. You won’t be able to resist crooning to “With One Look” and “As If We Never Said Goodbye.” (US)

A Tale of Two Cities
Music & Lyrics by Jill Santoriello

Looking for something a little more epic? The Broadway musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ French Revolution classic, A Tale of Two Cities will leave you saying “‘Tis a far, far better thing…” Shipping the love triangle between young beauty Lucie Manette, French aristocrat Charles Darnay, and drunken English cynic Sydney Carton, you’ll love singing to “You’ll Never Be Alone,” “Reflection” and “Until Tomorrow.” (US/UK)

Twelfth Night
Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah & Shaina Taub / Music and Lyrics by Shaina Taub

“If music be the food of love, play on!” Shaina Taub’s joyful, New Orleans-style adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy, Twelfth Night is an absolute mood-booster. Open up the windows, put on your favorite lipstick, and throw caution to the wind as you sing along to “Play On,” “Viola’s Soliloquy” and “Is This Not Love.” (US)

The Wizard of Oz
By L. Frank Baum / With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg / Background Music by Herbert Stothart / Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard / Orchestration by Larry Wilcox / Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company / Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

Put an instant smile on your face with The Wizard of Oz. The MGM classic film and its subsequent stage adaptation is one of the most beloved properties of all time. With songs like “Over The Rainbow,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard” and “If I Only Had a Brain,” you’ll be reminded that there is no place like home. Bonus: the dog can play, too! (US/UK)

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Based on The Comic Strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz / Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner / Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer / Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Your favorite Peanuts are back in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The feel-good musical has everything you could want: drama, philosophy, Beethoven, kites, and even sports. You can inhabit your favorite characters with “Beethoven Day,” “My New Philosophy” and “Suppertime.” From start to finish, this musical is nothing but happiness. (US/UK)

For even more hummable musicals, visit the Concord Theatricals website in the US or UK.

Photo: Hair by Gerome Ragni, James Rado & Galt MacDermot (Joan Marcus)