Peruse these videos to see examples of various song formats. Most are from MUSICAL! the musical runs.
Here is an example of a (last line) Tagline song.
(Mike Shreeman singing, Eric Svejcar on piano)
Here is another (last line) Tagline song, but done as a Love Duet
(Mike Shreeman and Colleen McHugh singing, Eric Svejcar on piano)
Here is a Verse Chorus song. It’s the finale song for SHAWSHANK! the musical. There is a scene into the song – the song itself starts at 3:15.
(Cast: Jason Sperling, Mike Shreeman, Pat Carton, Colleen McHugh, Nancy Howland Walker, Nadia Ahearn, Randy Craig, Eric Svejcar on keyboards, Marc Greenstein on lights)
Here is another Verse Chorus song, but this has a dance break. The chorus does change a bit each time, but notice how the backup singers respect the soloist, letting her change it while supporting what they can. Also note the fabulous re-entry into the song after the dance break! Song starts at 1:30
(Cast: Nancy Howland Walker, Colleen McHugh, Mary McCain, Nadia Ahearn, Eric Svejcar on keyboards, Marc Greenstein on lights)
Here’s a Verse Song (last line Title) done as a trio. In this improvised musical (GORE!), we opened the second act with three politicians who were vice-presidents, but never became president. The format is (person 1) monologue, verse (person 2) monologue, verse, (person 3) monologue, verse, and then all sing their verse together, tagging the title.
(cast: Nancy Howland Walker, Randy Craig, Mike Shreeman, Luke Nelson on Keyboards, Marc Greenstein on lights)
Here’s a scene/song from WATERFRONT! the musical. Done in the Sondheim style/format.
(Cast: Don Hall, Jason Sperling, Jeff Shivar on keyboards, Marc Greenstein on lights)