SSA or SSAA: Musical theater
Dear Listers, Finally,(you know how the beginning of a semester is) here
is the compilation many of you were waiting for of suggestions for Musical
Theatre Pieces for women. Thanks to all for your wonderful help. I did
have trouble finding some of them in print. But I found Hal Leonard had the
most complete list including a collection "Broadway Hits for Women" which I
ordered. The best to all of you for a great Spring.
Have you thought about "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" from Stephen
Sondheim's "Company"? It's really for a three voice Andrews Sisters
type group, but works very well for a larger ensemble (I did it last
spring with my 45 member Women's Chorus) Another hysterically funny
piece would be "The Man in the Moon" from "Mame". If you have a female
soloist who can sing down to a low Eb, it's a great piece. (solo plus
female "ooh aah" chorus). Good luck!
Sing for Your Supper, from The Boys from Syracuse, is a great piece. It's
written for three women, but I'm sure would adapt well for a Women's Chorus.
I have used Many a New Day from Oklahoma, Matchmaker from Fiddler, It's a
Grand Night for Singing from State Fair. I have also used Someone to Watch
Over Me, which was used in several Gershwin shows.
You cannot have a broadway concert that features women without the Lieber
and Stoller great "I'm A Woman." Your girls will LOVE IT!! Also, if you
can find it, "Forget About the Boy" from Thoroughly Modern Millie is an
excellent song for girls. "You Could Drive A Person Crazy" from Company is
another good female anthem.
"I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story
"Hard Candy Christmas" from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
"Wonderful Day" from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
"Perfect Young Ladies" from The Boyfriend
"If Momma Was Married" from Gypsy (just a duet, but could be done as an SA
"Cell Block Tango" from Chicago
"Don't Tell Mama" from Cabaret
"Matchmaker" from Fiddler on the Roof
"Western People Funny" from The King and I
"Little Shop of Horrors" from Little Shop of Horrors
"At the Ballet" from Chorus Line
"Praeludium" and "Maria" from The Sound of Music
"A Bushel and a Peck" and "Take Back Your Mink" from Guys and Dolls
I feel pretty, West Side Story
All of "Quilters"
What's the Use of Wondrin,' Carousel
On the Willows from Godspell not originally for women, but sounds great
chorally with women's voices if you have clean sop. 1's
Why, O Why O Why O Did I Ever Leave Ohio
is that "On the Town?"
Opening Scene of Sound of Music -- all those nuns
Sabbath Prayer, Fiddler on the Roof
Cleaning Women, Working
Susan's Friends, Big
Some of these are not exactly high consciousness (Carousel "What's the use",
Sabbath Prayer) but fine music
Wrong Note Rag, Lonely Town, Bernstein
Beautiful easy 2-pt arr. of Summertime from Porgy and Bess for SA by
Cellblock Tango, Chicago
Black Boys/White Boys Hair
read your e-mail on the choral list. I am a singer and a composer. My
original show, music and lyrics 'Zoe's Musical Fairy Tale, Upon A Time'
features pieces for SSA. A few of these selections include a soloist. Here
are the titles:
Musick Box (SSA, a short piece)
Le Rossignol (SSA and high soprano or coloratura)
For the Beauty of the Earth (SSA and soprano or mezzo soloist)
Icy Waters (SSA and soprano)
Night Vision (SSA, high soprano and bass)
Crystal Pool of Love (duet for SS or ST)
I did a medley of Gershwin pieces a while ago titled "A Gershwin
Portrait" and it had some really nice SSA sections in it. I don't know
if it comes completely for SSA but the music is great and would be
worth looking at anyway. It seems to me it was arranged by Mac Huff or
maybe Lojeski, but a quick search on the JWPepper website should lead
you to it.
A fun piece is the overture from the musical NINE SSAA women. You may have
to get it from the actual score. I'm not sure it's in print as an octavo.
How about the old chestnut "I'm Gonna wash that Man right Outta My Hair"
"Mirror, Mirror" from Follies
"Cell Block Tango" from Chicago
If you consider Gilbert and Sullivan, there are loads of great choruses