10 New Musical Theatre Duets for Ladies Only
If you’re female and a singer, chances are you probably have approximately 100 other female friends in the exact same boat. Musical theatre, am I right?
In the spirit of this, I decided to dig through the NMT archives and present you with some of my favorite duets featuring female singers. These songs are about friends, mothers, sisters (of the Greek and biological variety), and more. Next time you’re searching for a duet to sing with one of your own 100+ friends, try some of these contemporary gems.
READY TO BE LOVED – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Right from the first marking of “carefree,” Edges’ “Ready to Be Loved” is an uplifting shot of optimism and strength. Bonus points if you have the chops to pull off the R&B riffs Patina Miller and Shayna Steele do. (See below.)
PLAY THE PRINCESS – Joe Iconis
In this rock-inspired, tongue-in-cheek song about typecasting, the “whore/wife” and “princess” express their individual bitterness over their assigned lots in life. In the end, they both come to terms with the fact that someone has to play the princess in the play.
NEXT THING YOU KNOW – Joshua Salzman and Ryan Cunningham
Waverly and Lisa’s ode to moving onward and upwards despite life not going according to plan is Next Thing You Know in a nutshell. If you’re looking for a piece that’s tinged with bewilderment and yet wildly catchy, this is it. Listen to it here.
CAITLYN AND HALEY – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
As sisters Caitlyn and Haley grow older and apart, they lament the change in their relationship.
EVERYTHING I DO, YOU DO – Timothy Huang and Sara Wordsworth
This nurturing mother/daughter song was originally written and recorded by Sutton Foster and Stephanie Bast for Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project. It’s a warm and loving piece.
SORORITY GIRLS – Nick Blaemire
If you’re looking for something sweet and innocent, check out the song above because “Sorority Girls” is most definitely not safe for work. Two sisters of the fictional Phi Sigma Kappa Delta sing about every negative stereotype associated with sorority life with breezy indifference.
POOR LITTLE PATTY – Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen
Two Patty Hearst fanatics long for drama and excitement in this uptempo duet from Fugitive Songs.
OWN IT – Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk
This piece from Hot Mess in Manhattan is all about owning your inner mess because after all, “You are what you own.”
THE ACTUARY SONG – Joshua Salzman and Ryan Cunningham
Diana helps Marcy scientifically calculate her rebound time in this patter-like duet from I Love You Because.
FREEDOM – Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk
What kind of list would this be without the ultimate friendship anthem from The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown? Sam and Kelly’s kiss-off to conventionality is a fun and upbeat classic.
What are your favorite lady duets? Share them in the comments!