More Funny Broadway Audition Songs for Mid-Range Female Voices

4 Contemporary Broadway Songs that Make People Laugh

Fugitive Songs A Song Cycle
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“What Do You Do With Your Arms,” by Sam Carner & Derek Gregor

A hilarious song about someone who does not know what to do with their arms not only when they sing, but all the time. It can be particularly funny when the singer is able to show many examples of how to use arms awkwardly. Some movements are indicated by lyrics, but how the singer interprets that is entirely up to them. The humor is mostly physical, though even if someone sings it without much movement the line “even my doctor calls my upper arm humerus,” is laughable.

Joke timing is also written into the music, when the singer gets faster and faster as she sings, “step danced for hours and hours on end until the lady downstairs who was near 90 shouted out through the ceiling for God’s sake just stop,” at which point the music stops suddenly and the singer states she thought the lady was deaf. The music starts up slow and quiet as the singer expresses how happy she was when she broke her arm, giving her a break from worrying about what to do with them. A very well-written piece that is available in several different keys with versions for both women and men.

Taylor the Latte Boy” by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler

Kristin Chenoweth made this particular piece more popular by singing it on the late late night show with Craig Ferguson, but it is still a great audition piece when sung well. It tells the story of a girl who falls in love with a boy she hardly knows.

Turns out, the boy is the one who makes her lattes and his “How are you,” every morning piqued her interest. She thinks he reciprocates when he makes a triple latte for her when she orders a double. She writes a poem for him which becomes the chorus, “Taylor the latte boy, bring me java, bring me joy.

Taylor the latte boy, I love him, I love him, I love him.” The piece has a certain appealing innocence about it. The range is in the middle of the voice and simple to sing making it a particularly great audition piece for beginners.

Lost,” from Fugitive Songs by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen

Fugitive Songs is a non-traditional musical that is more of a vocal recital and called a song cycle. All the songs are unified by characters who tell their story about running away, but also stand alone as funny story songs by themselves. In this case, a girl is going hiking with her boyfriend when he loses her. Now she can’t find a way up the mountain. She describes going in circles and how she can’t see the forest edge for all the, “goddamn trees.” She is also not used to the outdoors and is afraid of everything around her, “Jesus, I’m done for. Goodbye to my well-being, look at all the woodland creatures nodding and agreeing.” The two quotes are the most mature language-wise, so it may be appropriate for most teenagers on up.

Sing, But Don’t Tell,” from Island Song by Sam Carner and Derek Gregor

A piece about a girl in love with her pianist. Although it is part of a larger work, it also stands alone.

It is funny partly because of the interaction between the pianist and the singer, but also because of some of the reasons the singer gives for her love: “When I want to talk, he vamps; When I’m singing soft, he damps; And the boy don’t need no amps when it is time for the climax.” It also has a lot of fun play on words: “I would be sharp or flat, if he would tickle me like that,” or “why can’t he just play me?” When she confesses her love, the accompaniment and singer communicate to each other using motifs. It is not only funny, but witty.