What I love about broadway songs about saying goodbye is that there are so many ways to say goodbye on broadway. Some people are singing about their careers while others are songs about saying goodbye to the person they love. Some broadway songs about saying goodbye could be about them dying and wishing they could have done more and others are about starting over or even just moving on to a new show or career. Broadway songs about saying goodbye could be sad, happy or somewhere in the middle. Anyways, here is my list of my top ten favorite broadway songs about saying goodbye.
Don’t Rain on My Parade Reprise from Funny Girl
I love the reprise of Don’t Rain on My Parade from Funny Girl for my top ten list of broadway songs about saying goodbye because it is all about saying screw you to a theatre that rejects you and picking yourself back up. It teaches you that if something doesn’t work out, pick yourself back up and move on because there is always something better and another show that you can do.
Fly, Fly Away from Catch Me If You Can the Musical
The song Fly Fly Away from Catch Me If You Can the Musical is another great song about saying goodbye. It is the main character’s girlfriend singing to him about wishing him the best and saying goodbye because she just turned him over to the authorities but knows that she will see him again. It is basically her way of saying goodbye to the guy she loves but not really saying goodbye at the same time.
Don’t Cry for Me Argentina Reprise from Evita
The Reprise of Don’t Cry for Me Argentina is when Evita is laying on her death bed and saying goodbye to the world in which she helped to redefine. She is saying goodbye to her life, her husband and her true love, her country. The Don’t Cry for Me Argentina Reprise is one of my favorite goodbye songs on broadway.
Goodbye Love from Rent
Goodbye Love from Rent is when Mimi is saying Goodbye to Roger, but also saying goodbye to trying to fight off her AIDS. It is one of the points in the show where everyone in the audience wants to cry because they are watching a good person give up and say goodbye to life. Not to mention they are also all at Angel’s funeral. Goodbye Love from Rent is one of the saddest but most memorable goodbye songs on broadway.
The Death of Alonso Quijano from The Man of Lamancha
This song is about Dulcinea saying goodbye to the main character. It is one that I will always remember seeing when I was younger. This and the song about the mirrors from man of La Mancha are two of my favorite broadway goodbye songs. If you have ever seen man of Lamancha you will understand why.
For Good from Wicked
This is one of my favorite showtunes from newer shows. It is the song where Elphaba and Galinda are saying goodbye to each other before Elphaba is killed by Dorothy. Not only do you want to cry during this song, but you want to go on stage and give Elphaba a hug. For Good from Wicked is above and beyond one of the most emotional goodbye songs on broadway and one that gets almost everyone in the audience to start to tear.
And I’m Telling You from Dreamgirls
Who doesn’t love a Diva? Especially one who is bitter, pissed and ready for revenge. In this song you have a woman who is tired of everyone walking on her and she is ready to say goodbye to everyone stealing from her, using her and being a doormat. And I’m Telling You from Dreamgirls is one of the ultimate best goodbye broadway songs of all times.
Goodbye from Catch Me If You Can
This is one of my new favorite showtunes. Not only is it perfect for this list because he is saying goodbye to his old life, but his goodbye is also his hello to his new life. The character who sings this song is not only tired of running and making up lies, but he is ready to move on to an honest life where he can “use his talents for good” (I completely had to throw a quote from Wicked in there). Goodbye from Catch Me If You Can is one of my favorite showtunes and perfect for this list of the top ten broadway songs about saying goodbye.
Anatevka from Fiddler on the Roof
Anatevka from Fiddler on the Roof is one of the saddest songs on this list and on broadway. Not only is it asbout the jews of Anatevka being forced out of their homes, but they are saying goodbye to their homes, their lives, their friends, their families and all of their memories. Anatevka from Fiddler on the Roof is one of the best goodbye songs and one of the saddest.
Rose’s Turn from Gypsy
The top ten list of broadway songs about saying goodbye could not be complete without one song from the stage mom who says goodbye to everything. Rose sings this song to say goodbye to being a doormat, doing work to make her dreams for everyone else come true and also to being in the shadows when all she ever wanted was a spotlight. Rose’s goodbye song is all about her taking control of her life and finally doing something for herself. This is one of my favorite goodbye songs and one of my favorite showtunes to sing at karaoke.
There are tons of other goodbye songs on broadway like Give My Regards to Broadway or As We Stumble Along or even Drink With Me from Les Miserables. You have We Go Together, Forget About the Boy and even I Want to Be a Producer from the Producers. The problem with broadway songs about saying goodbye is that almost every show has one and each of them are memorable. Most of them are by the finale’s or intermissions and most of them generate emotions for you. If you have a favorite broadway song about saying goodbye, feel free to share it by leaving a comment below.