Archive | June 2014

Auditions II

More thoughts on auditions:

Regional sounds

Lincoln, NE–

With three days of auditions now in the books, I can safely make this statement:

Regional sounds are disappearing amongst teenagers.

We have heard folks from nearly every state in the country.  With few exceptions, each of these students sounded pretty much the same.  I heard two kids who sounded like they were from the South, and one who sounded like New Jersey.  But for the most part, a generic Midwestern flatness is now part of the speaking voice of the several hundred high school students who auditioned this week.

I lament the loss of regional vocal differences!

Musical theatre audition songs, round 2

Earlier this week:

And this list of audition songs from Monday and Tuesday:


From the 2014 International  Thespian Society college auditions in Lincoln, Nebraska:

Here is a list of songs heard at on the third day of auditions . . . .

(In no particular order, and not check for duplicates)

  • Castle on a cloud, Les Miserables
  • Someone else’s story, Chess
  • I know it’s today, Shrek
  • Close Ev’ry Door, Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • All that jazz, Chicago
  • If you want me, Once
  • Ten minutes ago, Cinderella
  • Safer, First Date
  • Caitlin & Haley, Edges
  • Why, Tick Tick Boom!
  • Last One Picked, Whoop De Do
  • How could I ever know?, Secret Garden
  • What do I need from love, Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • My Ship, Lady in the Dark
  • Astonishing, Little Women
  • If I Love Again, Hold Your Horses
  • I’ll never say no, Unsinkable Molly Brown
  • Art is calling for me, Victor Herbert
  • Take me or leave me, Rent
  • Some girls, Once On This Island
  • I hate the bus, Caroline or Change
  • You’ve got possibilities, It’s a Bird . . . Plane . . . Superman
  • Pretty Funny, Dogfight
  • Race you to the top of the morning, Secret Garden
  • Everything else, Next to Normal
  • No More, Into the Woods
  • Always a bridesmaid, I Love You . . . Perfect . . . Change
  • I know things now, Into the Woods
  • I’ll know, Guys & Dolls
  • With you, Ghost
  • I’ll be here, Adam Gwon
  • Back to Before, Ragtime
  • Gaston, Beauty and the Beast
  • Bill, Showboat
  • One normal night, Addams Family
  • Rags, Rags
  • Make Believe, Showboat
  • Love never dies, Love never dies
  • Waiting, Addams Family
  • Spark of Creation, Children of Eden
  • Honey Bun, South Pacific
  • Go the distance, Hercules
  • Get out and stay out, 9 to 5
  • I’m not at all in love, Pajama Game
  • Stepsister’s lament, Cinderella
  • Make them hear you, Ragtime
  • Role of a lifetime, Bare
  • It’s hard to speak my heart, Parade
  • Everybody says don’t, Anyone can whistle
  • Screw Loose, Cry-Baby
  • After today, Dr. Doolittle
  • Light in the Piazza, from Light in the Piazza
  • If my friends could see me now, Sweet Charity
  • Another day, Rent
  • Girl in 14-G, Tesori
  • Too close to the sun, Making of Madeline Moore
  • Live out loud, Little Princess
  • I get a kick out of you, Anything Goes
  • Everything else, Next to Normal

Repost: What NOT to sing

Here’s a blog entry I posted after attending the Thespian conference in 2011.

These statements are still appropriate!

Musical theatre audition songs

With Jocelyn before auditions on Monday.  I wasn't looking this lively Tuesday at 6!

With Jocelyn before auditions on Monday. I wasn’t looking this lively Tuesday at 6!

I am finished now with two days (11.5 hours!) of auditions at the 2014 International Thespian Society annual conference. We have more to go on Thursday and Friday.

I have been keeping track of most of the songs that have been used for auditions here as rising high school seniors are singing for various college and university reps.

Herewith, a nearly-complete list in no particular order (and not checked for duplicates):

  • Someone Like You – Jekkyl & Hyde
  • Life of the Party – Wild Party
  • Blow Gabriel Blow – Anything Goes
  • I am Aldolpho – Drowsy Chaperone
  • When words fail – Shrek
  • Breathe – In the Heights
  • As long as he needs me – Oliver!
  • Somewhere that’s green – Little Shop of Horrors
  • Fly, fly away – Catch me if you can
  • In these skies – Ace
  • Green finch and linnet bird – Sweeney Todd
  • Many a new day – Oklahoma!
  • Benny’s Dispatch – In the Heights
  • Here I Am – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Notice me, Horton – Seussical
  • Corner of the Sky – Pippin
  • So Anyway – Next to Normal (I would urge careful consideration and caution before using this for an audition!  It’s too specific, too hard for a youngster to understand, and too identified with a particular singer.)
  • Gimme, gimme – Thoroughly Modern Millie (I would urge careful consideration and caution before using this for an audition! It’s overdone.)
  • Maybe This Time – Cabaret
  • Lost in the Wilderness – Children of Eden
  • Together Again – Young Frankenstein
  • Now I Have Everything – Fiddler on the Roof
  • Pulled – Addams Family
  • Being Alive – Company
  • She Loves Me – She Loves Me
  • Javert’s Suicide – Les Miserables
  • If you were gay – Avenue Q
  • Part of your world – Little Mermaid (I would urge careful consideration and caution before using this for an audition! The song tends to be a bit cloying when taken out of context.)
  • Change – A New Brain
  • What About Me? – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Cross the Line – Big
  • Live in living color – Catch Me If You Can
  • All through the night – Cole Porter
  • Giants in the sky – Into the Woods
  • Mama who bore me – Spring Awakening
  • Beyond my wildest dreams – Little Mermaid
  • Love, look away – Flower Drum Song
  • Little Shop of Horrors – Little Shop of Horrors
  • Once more I can see – Wonderland
  • I don’t remember you – Happy Time
  • A Mix Tape – Avenue Q
  • I will prevail – Wonderland
  • The Life I Never Led – Sister Act
  • Loose Ends – Witches of Eastwick
  • Model Behavior – Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown
  • The gentleman is a dope – Allegro
  • If I loved you – Carousel
  • Don’t rain on my parade – Funny Girl (I would urge careful consideration and caution before using this for an audition! It’s identified with an inimitable star.)
  • King Herod’s Song – Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Fire Within Me – Little Women
  • Some things are meant to be – Little Women
  • In know the truth – Aida
  • Santa Fe – Newsies (I would urge careful consideration and caution before using this for an audition! The song is too current with a particular show.)
  • Magic to Do – Pippin
  • Pretty Funny – Dogfight
  • Grow for Me – Little Shop of Horrors
  • I can hear the bells – Hairspray
  • Some Day – The Wedding Singer
  • Cabaret – Cabaret
  • Miracle of Miracles – Fiddler on the Roof
  • Sailor of my dreams – Dames at Sea
  • Dancing all the time – Big
  • And this is my beloved – Kismet
  • Run away with me
  • Colored Women – Memphis
  • Far from the home I love – Fiddler on the Roof
  • This world will remember – Bonnie & Clyde
  • Man Inside the  . . . – Catch Me If You Can
  • Out of my dreams – Oklahoma!
  • I got plenty of nothin’ – Porgy & Bess
  • Go the Distance – Hercules
  • I Don’t Do Sadness – Spring Awakening
  • O mio babbino caro – La Rondine
  • Once upon a time – Brooklyn
  • Lonely Town – On the Town
  • Who I Be – Shrek
  • Waiting for life – Once on This Island
  • Fine fine line – Avenue Q
  • Patterns – Baby
  • Don’t Let Me Go – Shrek
  • Pirate King – Pirates of Penzance
  • When I’m not with the girl I love – Finian’s Rainbow
  • I want to be bad – Follow Through
  • Sunset Boulevard – Sunset Boulevard
  • A little brains – Damn Yankees
  • Bigger is better – When Pigs Fly
  • Watch What Happens – Newsies
  • Someone to watch over me – Gershwin
  • Dying Ain’t So Bad – Bonnie & Clyde
  • Perfect – Edges
  • A trip to the library – She Loves Me
  • History of Wrong Guys – Kinky Boots
  • Quiet – Forward
  • Climbing Up Hill – Last Five Years
  • Hello, Tom
  • How are things in Glocca Mora – Finian’s Rainbow
  • Any place I hang my hat – St. Louis Woman
  • I decided to marry you – Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
  • My white knight – The Music Man
  • Everlasting – Tuck Everlasting
  • DeLovely – Anything Goes
  • Where is love – Oliver!
  • If he walked into my life – Mame
  • May I like it this way – Wild Party
  • Mr. Snow – Carousel