This Broadway hit is most lively, with great choreography possibilities. Isn’t this just where you would like to be?
A great show opener, this Broadway standard will get any performance off to an energetic start. Continue reading Another Op’nin’, Another Show
No one else ever wrote lyrics quite like the great Cole Porter. In-rhymes, regular rhymes, irregular rhymes—Porter used the English language to enable performers to take their audiences on a delightful roller coaster ride. So hop on into the first car. . . .
An eight-part song from Annie Get Your Gun that is a sure hit for a combined number with a chorus or quartet of the opposite sex. Can you guess who wins in the end? Also available in eight-part male and female versions. Continue reading Anything You Can Do
Did you ever fall in love with the wrong person? You know he or she is just not right for you—perhaps not for anyone—but there you are, hooked. Stuck in the magic spell. Well, maybe it will help you to sing about it. Sinatra did. . . .
This uptune moves right along and is great for a Broadway show theme. Come to think of it, you could open any of your performancew with this lively number.
Here is an old-fashioned fallen-woman ballad. This one is sweet and understanding.
Songs do not come any more powerful than this classic. International quartet champion Musical Island Boys did a bang-up job on it in competition.
From the musical “Oliver,” this happy, lively tune can be sung in contest. International champ Power Play welcomed you to their family with this one.
This rousing song is from the musical “Les Miserables.” Your audiences’ hearts and guts will be moved, and the song itself would even fly in contest, though this arrangement is better off used for shows.
This Broadway show opener is ultra-optimistic. Better take your 5-Hour Energy drink!
From the all-time great musical Oklahoma, this tune is rollicking fun. Somehow a song about folks who don’t see eye to eye trying to get along anyhow seems very fitting for the age we live in, so give this one a . . . ride.
One of the loveliest pieces you will ever hear, this song has a message that reaches well beyond the avian kingdom. It pairs very well with the “Mary Poppins Medley.”
Though this song is usually set as a dialog between two people (see the next entry), the song can work just fine for one soloist. So if you are like many groups and have just one soloist with the medium range, this piece could be just the ticket for you.
From the musical Wicked, this song features a heartfelt, intense dialogue between witches Elphaba and Glinda. If your group has two good soloists with medium to high voices, this is the ticket for you. This arrangement, and the sentiments of the song, work just fine for men as well. Tracks for the women’s version have been recorded by Shawn Thomas. Continue reading For Good (two soloists)
This contestable medley from the musical Wildcat was sung by Power Play. With lots of energy built in, this piece makes a fine show-opener. Continue reading Hey, Look Me Over/If My Friends Could See Me Now!
The old meets the new in this fun, lively medley. That’s right, we are talking South Pacific and the Beatles—for contest, no less!
The young woman in question is clearly going to live life her way, no matter what. And her way includes making it big on Broadway. Popularized by Harmony Inc. queen quartet Taken 4 Granite, this tune is lively, saucy and just plain fun!
From the musical Girl Crazy, this swingy tune is a sure crowd-pleaser. But you had better have the rhythm in your soul if you want to pull it off.
From the musical Mame, this happy, driving song urges you to celebrate the day. It makes a really energetic opener and is great for both men and women. Continue reading It’s Today
It is always a jolly ‘oliday when you sing this delightful piece. It contains Jolly Holiday, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Step in Time and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. This medley pairs very well with the lovely ballad Feed the Birds.
What do you call a medley of Consider Yourself; Food, Glorious Food; and Who Will Buy? Big fun, that’s what! This high-energy contest piece is no longer exclusive to the Brothers in Harmony.
This would be a great ballad in a show-biz/Broadway set. The story is that success in show biz does not necessarily equal a happy life.
This high-energy mix of Razzle Dazzle and Applause is no longer exclusive to the Phoenicians. Start off your performances with a Broadway flair!
From the hit musical and movie Chicago, this fast-paced song is quite lively and clever. So it’s time for you to “hypnotizzy” your audiences. . . . Continue reading Razzle Dazzle
Brothers and Sisters, are you leading a life of sin and corruption? If so, this energetic, tongue-in-cheek song will set you on the righteous path. Okay, so it did not quite do the trick for the comedy quartet Up All Night, but it almost always works. Let me hear an “Amen!”
What could be more barbershop than strutting around the stage to this tune from The Music Man? Time for some energetic fun, for both your group and your audiences!
From the 1954 Broadway musical The Pajama Game, this tune is hot. No, it’s hotter than hot! The Cleveland Heights High School Women Barbershoppers debuted this sultry song with great success at the Midwinter Convention, but is just fine for the grownups as well. The piece is probably not suitable for SAI contests, but it is great for shows. And don’t forget to wear your black derbies. . . .
A fine show opener in the Broadway tradition, this song offers plenty of clever, energetic fun.
Barbershopper Fred Tremper wrote this piece about Broadway stardom. Hey, perhaps this tune can send you on your way as well.
There are not many lovelier, more touching Broadway ballads than this. A bonus is that this song is contestable. I often listen to Tim Waurick’s full mix of this arrangement just for enjoyment.
This classic is a good candidate for the best popular song of all time. “And may all your Christmases be white!”
Question: What could be better than a lovely ballad from The Music Man that is about, well . . . you? Answer: two such lovely ballads. Do check out this medley of “Till There Was You” and “It’s You.” Both you and your audiences will be glad you did.
This beautiful tempo ballad comes from the Broadway musical version of The Full Monty. At first hearing, I assumed it was a religious piece. While “You Walk with Me” certainly can be sung that way, in the musical it is sung by two people who love each other. Do yourself a favor and look this song up, whether through a preview from me or simply online.