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Staff Picks: Musical Theater Power Ballads Sung by Women

March 4, 2021 by TodayTix
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Cynthia Erivo
Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? It’s a whole month dedicated to celebrating the social, political, and cultural achievements of women. Women have been taking center stage throughout the years, both in character representation and the Broadway actors that play them.

To acknowledge Women’s History Month, our team have shared some of their favorite female power ballads. Trust us when we say you’ll want to turn your speaker up to max volume to listen to these.

“Don’t Rain On My Parade” from Funny Girl 
Sophie, Marketing Team

I must confess that the first time I ever heard this song was on Glee. Lea Michele singing “Don’t Rain On My Parade” was somewhat of a teenage awakening in me — I really was (and still am) obsessed with all things musical theatre. I’ve seen Funny Girl in London and even Barbra Streisand sing this song and it just gets better and better each time. It’s *the* power song.

“And I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls
Sam, Ticketing Team

An iconic performance, an iconic song, an iconic musical. And Jennifer is only 21 in this performance. Granted this clip looks like it was filmed on a calculator, but the sheer passion and talent shines through. 

“Someone Like You” from Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical
Geri, Theatre Team

It’s not easy to pick the best female power ballad in Jekyll & Hyde, with “In His Eyes” and “A New Life,” easily deserving top contender status, but “Someone Like You” takes the cake for anyone who gets a particular thrill from belting wistfully about their crush in the shower or at a karaoke night. Chills every time, and Coleen Sexton’s performance in the Broadway production captured for DVD is incredible. (Did I mention this was her Broadway debut, and she was cast at age 19?!)

“I’m Here,” from The Color Purple
Suzy, Marketing Team

How many times can I put this song on a staff picks list? Answer: the limit does not exist. If you’re looking for a soulful, empowering 11 o’clock number about a woman reclaiming her power, then look no further than “I’m Here.” It’s got the notes. It’s got the emotions. It’s got the girl power. 

“Before the Parade Passes By” from Hello, Dolly! 
Joseph, UK Ticketing Team

“Before the Parade Passes By” is an absolute belter, and this version by Barbra Streisand is the best. The song starts slow and mellow then builds and builds until the big crescendo at the end! “I can hold my head up high, for I’ve got a goal again, I’ve got a drive again, I wanna feel my heart coming alive again, before the parade passes by”.