A House song bridges the gap between the audience and the singer, when the character comes out of the story on stage and speaks directly to the viewers, know that he (and the drama) is being watched.
In Musical theater there are not many real House songs, but there are a number of songs you can alter to make your performance cross that invisible fourth wall between you and the audience.
In this article I suggest 60 songs for women from the Musical Theater repertoire that could be sung as a House song. I have placed them in three categories: the true House song, the audience number and the soliloquy.
In the first category, the true House song, the musical is written deliberately for the character to step out of the drama and speak to the viewers. My first thoughts are Spamalot (the Diva’s Lament), and City of Angels (You Can Always Count On Me). When You’re Good To Mama from Chicago springs to mind immediately. Other true House songs include Big Spender from Sweet Charity (originally a chorus number but can be sung by one person), I’m Still Here from Follies, Broadway Baby from Follies, I Just Wanna Dance from Jerry Springer, Jonny One Note from Babes in Arms, and Nobody Does It Like Me – the Cy Coleman song from the musical SeeSaw. And Miss Byrd from Closer Than Ever shares her secret across the fourth wall.