OK. So my Thesbian Troupe is doing Beauty and the Beast. I know this may sound a bit ambitious but I want to be GASTON.
What songs would work best in this case? I would do a Sweeny or other Sondheim work usually but the ones I know are much darker than Gaston's Large Ham.
Alrighty then, you need a big, bombastic baritone piece that can show off a legit voice.
"My Name" from Oliver!
"All I Care About" or "Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago.
"Meditation" from Shenandoah.
"Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'" from Oklahoma!
"Stars" from Les Miserables (might be a bit overdone, granted. Every baritone and their mother does that song).
"I Rise Again" from On the Twentieth Century.
"Molasses to Rum" from 1776.
"C'est Moi" from Camelot.
"Where is the Life that Late I Led" or "I've Come to Wive it Wealthily in Padua" from Kiss Me, Kate.
"In Praise of Women" from A Little Night Music.
Ooh, that's a good one. Do "In Praise of Women."
Yeah, I'd go with "C'est Moi" or "In Praise of Women." I lean slightly more towards the latter because it's closer to Gaston's vocal range - he's got a few high Fs, notably in the middle and at the end of "Me," as well as a brief high passage in the Mob Song ("It's time to follow me."). I don't know where else he goes that high, though.
You could type your vocal range - C4 is middle C. Example:
Typical bass range is E2-E4, typical baritone range is G2-G4, typical tenor range is A2-A4. Gaston's range, I believe, is A2-F4. Same range as the Beast, if I'm not mistaken.
If "In Praise of Women" is too daunting, I'd suggest "All I Care About." Same range as Gaston, and it has a high F near the end, but it's just once, as opposed to "In Praise of Women," which has them all over the place. In addition, you sorta slide up to it in that one and can choose to take it as long or short as you want, and even if you mess up, there's still the E-flat right after it that you can recover on.