With Halloween less than a week away, it seems like the perfect time to explore some of the most incredibly strange solo songs for men from cult horror and sci-fi musicals. In addition to my previous list for women, below are ten of my favorite, bizarre-but-infinitely-entertaining male musical theatre songs. Most of these pieces would make great audition selections for cult horror and sci-fi shows like Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, The Addams Family, Bat Boy, etc. Enjoy, and have a spooky Halloween!
1. “Apology to a Cow” from Bat Boy
Overview: A half-boy, half-bat creature named Edgar (aka Bat Boy) slaughters a cow and vows to enact bloody vengeance on the family that betrayed him.
2. “Sweet Transvestite” from The Rocky Horror Show
Overview: Dr. Frank N. Furter, a pansexual, cross-dressing mad scientist from outer space, makes a grand entrance for onlookers. This piece is gender-neutral.
3. “I’m Not a Killer” from Evil Dead: The Musical
Overview: After his friends are turned into demons, Ash wields his trusty chainsaw– hacking, dismembering and decapitating whoever and whatever gets in his way.
4. “The Master’s Song” from Dracula: The Musical
Overview: In a mental institution, a disturbed, spider-eating patient named Renfield recounts his bizarre relationship with a mysterious, unseen ‘master’ (Count Dracula).
5. “Dead Old Man” from Reefer Madness
Overview: Teenager Jimmy laments the error of his ways after accidentally killing an old man while under the influence of the dreaded REEFER. Cut song.
6. “Blast From the Past” from Zombie Prom
Overview: In this 1950s-inspired rock ‘n’ roll number, undead teenager Jonny Warner arrives on the scene with a bang.
7.“If I Could Smell Her C**t” from Silence! The Musical
Overview: The imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter longs to be closer to Special Agent Clarice Starling in this outrageous parody number. ADULT CONTENT WARNING.
8. “A Man Could Go Quite Mad” from The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Overview: In the little town of Cloisterham, respected choirmaster John Jasper introduces us to his inner world of delusion and insanity.
9. “Mean Green Mother from Outer Space” from Little Shop of Horrors
Overview: A mysterious, overgrown plant named Audrey II reveals itself as an extraterrestrial being from outer space.
10. “Thank God She’s Blind” from The Toxic Avenger
Overview: The disfigured and radioactive Toxie (aka The Toxic Avenger) pines for Sarah, the town’s beautiful, blind librarian.