* Sorry, Brian, but there really is a difference between a legit and non-legit tenor, even in musicals pre-1960.

Some suggestions for Legit Tenor:

"The street where you live" - sung by Freddie Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady (Lerner/Loewe)

"Come to me, bend to me" - sung by Charlie Dalrymple in Brigadoon (L/L); "There but for you go I" - sung by Tommy in the same show

"I talk to the trees" and "Another Autumn" - sung by Julio in Paint Your Wagon (L/L)

"Geraniums in the winder" - sung by Enoch Snow in Carousel (Rodgers/Hammerstein)

"The man I used to be" - sung by Doc in Pipe Dream (R/H)

"You've got to be carefully taught" - sung by Lt. Cable in South Pacific (R/H)

"The big black giant" - sung by Larry in Me and Juliet (R/H)

"You are never away" - sung by Joseph Taylor Jr. in Allegro (R/H)

"Like a god" - sung by Wang Ta in Flower Drum Song (R/H)

"Lonely House" - sung by Sam Kaplan in Street Scene (Weill)

"Lonely Town" - sung by Gabey in On the Town (Bernstein)

"Maria" - Sung by Tony in West Side Story (Bernstein)

"Where's the mate for me?/Make believe" - sung by Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat (Kern)

"You don't know Paree" - sung by Peter in Fifty Million Frenchmen (Porter)

"Stranger in Paradise" - sung by Caliph in Kismet (Wright/Forrest/Borodin)

Some suggestions for "non-legit" tenor:

"The seven deadly virtues" - sung by Mordred in Camelot (Lerner/Loewe)

"Thinkin'" - sung by Mac in Pipe Dream (R/H)

"Big brother" - sung by Dromio of Ephesus in The Boys from Syracuse (Rodgers/Hart)

"How to succeed" - sung by J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business (Loesser)

"Once upon a time, today" - sung by Kenneth in Call Me Madam (Berlin)

"I feel my luck comin' down" and "Ridin' on the moon" - sung by in St. Louis Woman (Arlen)

Examples of "legit" musical theatre tenors:

Jack Cassidy -

George Dvorsky -

Examples of "non-legit" musical theatre tenors:

Michael Ball -

John Barrowman -

Victor Garber -

And somewhere in between:

Brent Barrett -

Howard McGillin -

Hugh Panaro -