10 More Underrated Musical Theatre Songs

July 26, 2020
My last post all about underrated musical theatre songs did really well so I thought I'd bring you 10 more songs I love but aren't as popular as I believe they should be.

1. Where Did The Rock Go - School of Rock

Based on the hit film, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn some extra money by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and turning his class into a rock band.

'Where Did The Rock Go' is sung by Rosalie towards the start of act two as she sings about how she feels she's lost her inner music. This song is beautiful and would be great for auditions.

2. Falling Into You - The Bridges of Madison County

Francesca is an Italian immigrant housewife living a happy existence on a farm in the American Midwest. However, when her family go off to the State Fair, she meets Robert Kincaid, a national geographic photographer on assignment filming bridges in the area. Their initial friendship develops into a brief but passionate affair which has devastating consequences on their lives.

'Falling into You' is a stunning duet that ends the first act where Robert and Francesca realise their love for each other. 

3. All I've Ever Known - Hadestown

Hadestown is a musical with music, lyrics and book by Anaïs Mitchell. It tells a version of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, where Orpheus goes to the underworld to rescue his fiancée Eurydice.

'All I've Ever Known' comes in the middle of act one where Eurydice reflects on her growing love for Orpheus, despite her independence. The lyrics of this song are so beautiful and well written and I can definitely see it becoming very popular in the future.

4. Luckiest Girl In The World - Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman centres around a Hollywood prostitute Vivian Ward, who is hired by Edward Lewis, a wealthy businessman, to be his escort for several business and social functions, and their developing relationship over the course of her week-long stay with him.

'Luckiest Girl In The World' comes in the middle of act one and is upbeat and full of energy, a great song to dance to.

5. Lovely Lonely Man - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Inventor Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and fly. Trouble occurs when Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts to outwit the Baron and Baroness and their henchman, the Child Catcher.

Sung by Truly Scrumptious as she longs for Caractacus, this is a gorgeous song which I absolutely love. I believe this song is cut in some versions of the show but it really is a wonderful song with a fabulous arrangement. 

6. A Million Miles Away - Aladdin

Aladdin tells the story of a poor boy living on the streets who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine and a genie from a magical lamp. 

'A Million Miles Away' is another gorgeous duet which I actually prefer to the classic 'A Whole New World'. It comes in act one when Aladdin takes Jasmine to his hideout, where they each reveal their unhappiness in their own lives.

7. Here Right Now - Ghost

Ghost the musical centres on lovers Sam and Molly, who are attacked as they are returning to their apartment. When Sam dies, he becomes caught between the real world and the next. 

I don't think I've ever cried at a musical more than I have at Ghost. The score to the whole show is incredible and 'Here Right Now' begins the show perfectly with its beautiful melody.

8. I'll Be Here - Ordinary Days

Set on the bustling streets of New York City, Ordinary Days singles out four average New Yorkers whose lives end up unexpectedly entwined.

'I'll Be Here' is one of my favourite musical theatre songs of all time. It is sung by Claire as she reminiscences about her previous relationship with a man named John. They had been together for over a year before he passed in the September 11 attacks. During this song she hears John say it's okay for her to move on. This is such an emotional song and I'm surprised it's not more popular.

9. No One Else - Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is a sung-through musical adaptation of a 70-page segment from Leo Tolstoy's 1869 novel War and Peace. It is based on Volume 2, Part 5 of Tolstoy's novel, focusing on Natasha's affair with Anatole and Pierre's search for meaning in his life.

This song is so enchanting and is another one with a great arrangement. It would be amazing for auditions. 

10. You Love Who You Love - Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde is a musical which tells the story of real-life fugitives, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow as they escape jail and crave for fame. 

During this song Bonnie confesses her love for Clyde as Blanche does the same for Buck. I adore the harmonies in this song and can't help but think how amazing it would be to hear live.

I could probably do another 5 posts about underrated musical theatre songs but these are some of my favourites at the moment. What are some of your favourite musical theatre songs you think are underrated? I'd love to know! 

Stay safe.

Mia x

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