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15 Overlooked Contemporary Male Duets

Several contemporary duets are gems because of their unexpected brash humor and soaring vocal lines. In most cases, male/female duets or exclusively female duets take precedence, leaving male duets on the sidelines. But fear not! If any of you dirty rotten scoundrels wish to seize the day with some less frequently done numbers, here are 15 male/male duets you’ll love:

1.“Two Nobodies in New York” from “[title of show]”

In this duet from the 2008 Broadway musical, Jeff and Hunter decide to write a musical submission for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. It’s a great comedic duet that contextually rings true for budding composers.  Voice 1: C3–B4. Voice 2: C3–G4.

2. “Devil Take the Hindmost” From “Love Never Dies”

In this duet from the sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera,” Raoul and the Phantom try to claim Christine for themselves, even though she is married to Raoul. This duet is the one on this list most similar to the pop-opera style. Voice 1: E3–Ab4. Voice 2: E3–Ab4.

3. “Worlds Apart” From “Big River”

In this scene, Huck apologizes to Jim, a slave, after he pranks him and realizes he is still worthy of respect and dignity. This duet is influenced by folk and country music.  Voice 1: B2–B4 (falsetto). Voice 2: B2–G4.

4. “Dirty Rotten Number” From “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

In this penultimate number, Lawrence and Freddy agree that the scam that backfired on them was still a good adventure. Voice 1: C3–Gb4. Voice 2: D3–Bb4.

5. “Take What You Got” From “Kinky Boots”

Influenced by folk rock groups such as Mumford & Sons, this duet features Charlie talking to his friend, Harry, about saving the factory Charlie’s late father owned from bankruptcy. Voice 1: F#3–F#4. Voice 2: F#3–G#4.

6. “You Can Do Better Than Him” From “Bonnie and Clyde”

Inspired by country music, a left turn from Frank Wildhorn’s usual pop-opera style, the imprisoned characters Ted and Clyde reflect on their feelings for Bonnie. Voice 1: B2–A4. Voice 2: E3–G4.

7. “The Riddle Song” From “Floyd Collins”

This is of the most vocally challenging duets in contemporary theatre. In it, brothers Floyd and Homer recite riddles to each other while Floyd’s foot is trapped in a cave. Voice 1: C3–C5. Voice 1: C3–A4.

8. “Together Again” From “Young Frankenstein”

In this classic-sounding Mel Brooks duet, the hunchback Igor tries to convince Frederick to be a mad scientist like Frederick’s grandfather. Voice 1: D3–G4. Voice 2: E3–E4.

9. “Vegas” From “Tales from the Bad Years”

In this Kerrigan-Lowdermilk duet, two friends try to live it up in Vegas for one weekend while tackling some misadventures. Warning: This song contains strong language and sexual dialogue). Voice 1: F#3–B4 (falsetto). Voice 2: C3–B4 (falsetto)

10. “Blaze a Trail” From “Trails”

In this duet, two friends who haven’t seen each other in 10 years decide to hike across the entire Appalachian Trail. Voice 1: E3–A4. Voice 2: E3–A4.

11. “Boys” From “Glory Days”

This musical, which closed after one official Broadway performance in 2008, features a beautiful coming-of-age duet. Two friends, Will and Skip, forgive each other for their mistakes and move on from the past. Voice 1: D3–A4. Voice 2: D3–A4.

12. “You Are My” From “See Rock City”

A more vulgar response to Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World,” “See Rock City” features two pals singing a duet about trying to one-up each other. Warning: Contains obscene language. Voice 1: D3–G4. Voice 2: D3–Bb4.

13. “My Best Friend” by Jonathan Reid Gealt

Although not from a musical, Gealt’s works are popular among many top Broadway performers, such as Titus Burgess. This song is about two old friends who remember their earliest fun together and how they still value their time together. Voice 1: G#3–A4 (optional C#5). Voice 2: C#3–G4.

14. “Henry and Mudge” From “Henry and Mudge”

This Kerrigan-Lowdermilk adaptation of the eponymous book series premiered Off-Broadway in 2006. This duet features the character Harry and his dog, Mudge, and how they enjoy playing together. Voice 1: A2–B4 (in falsetto). Voice 2: A2–E4.

15. “Funky Fried Piece of Man Meat” From “Crazy, Just Like Me”

One or the more notable “bromance” musicals (aside from “Book of Mormon”), this musical premiered in 2009 at the NAMT Showcase. This duet features the two friends, one of whom tries to embrace the other’s masculinity. Voice 1: G3–Bb4. Voice 2: Bb3–Bb4.

Know an awesome male/male duet that we left off here? Let us know in the comments below…

Written by Joseph Kisiday

Joseph Kisiday is a 2016 graduate from Christopher Newport University, majoring in Music Composition. Joseph's love for theatre came at a young age through discovering the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber, such as "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera." When he is not writing, Joseph can be found watching operas or Miyazaki films.


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