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Musical theatre audition songs

As I hear auditions at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, I’m keeping a comprehensive list of the songs that these rising high school seniors are singing.

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The view from my audition desk before the students arrive.

From Monday and Tuesday (song title, show):

  • Lost in the brass, Band Geeks
  • Your daddy’s son, Ragtime
  • Dear Daddy, Welcome To My Life
  • There’s a fine, fine line, Avenue Q
  • Fly fly away, Catch Me If You Can
  • Watch what happens, Newsies
  • Woman, The Pirate Queen
  • I don’t need a roof, Big Fish
  • Sibella, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
  • Always starting over, If/Then
  • Home, Phantom
  • I’m your man, Meet John Doe
  • I’d rather be sailing, A New Brain
  • Flight, by Craig Carnelia
  • Before the summer ends, Dracula
  • The life I never led, Sister Act
  • Tonight at eight, She Loves Me
  • As we stumble along, The Drowsy Chaperon
  • I like him, The Man of La Mancha
  • Mama who bore me, Spring Awakening
  • Time stops, Big Fish
  • On my own, Les Miserables
  • One normal night, Addams Family
  • I have a love, West Side Story
  • I can cook too, On the Town
  • Carrie, Carrie
  • Astonishing, Little Women
  • Where am I now, Lysistrata Jones
  • What do I need with love, Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Art is calling for me, by Victor Herbert
  • All that jazz, Chicago
  • It only takes a moment, Hello Dolly!
  • A trip to the library, She Loves Me
  • I want to go to Hollywood, Grand Hotel
  • So big so small, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Memory, Cats
  • Who can I turn to?, The Roar of the Greasepaint etc.
  • Here I am, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • She was there, Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Killer instinct, Bring It On
  • Will he like me?, She Loves me
  • When you’re good to mama, Chicago
  • Set those sails, In Trousers
  • Run away with me, The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown
  • My Petersburg, Anastasia
  • Music of my soul, Memphis
  • Mr. Cellophane, Chicago
  • Kindergarten boyfriend, Heathers
  • Come out of the dumpster, The Wedding Singer
  • Bring it on, Bring It On
  • Heaven on their minds, Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Always true to you in my fashion, Anything Goes
  • Vanilla ice cream, She Loves
  • Come to your senses, Tick Tick Boom
  • Cute boys with short haircuts, Vanities
  • What am I doing, Closer than Ever
  • On my way, Violet
  • Gooch’s Song, Mame
  • Funny, City of Angels
  • Safer, First Date
  • Diva’s lament, Spamalot
  • Breathe, In the Heights
  • Wishing you were somehow here again, Phantom of the Opera
  • If he knew my story, Bright Star
  • Purpose, Avenue Q
  • Franklin Shepherd Inc., Merrily We Roll Along
  • Like a god, Flower Drum Song
  • Santa Fe, Newsies
  • If I didn’t believe in your, Last Five Years
  • The moon and me, Addams Family
  • Old-fashioned wedding, Annie Get Your Gun
  • With you, Ghost
  • Lost in the wilderness, Children of Eden
  • Beautiful city, Godspell
  • If I loved you, Carousel
  • What do I need with love, Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • How did I end up here, Romance Romance
  • Easy as life, Aida
  • The history of wrong guys, Kinky Boots
  • Quiet, by Jonathan Read Gealt
  • Mandolin waltz, Western Star
  • Corner of the sky, Pippin
  • Don’t rain on my parade, Funny Girl
  • She used to be mine, Waitress
  • The view from here, by Ryan Scott Oliver
  • Some other me, If/Then
  • A little bit in love, Wonderful Town
  • All grown up, Bare
  • Till there was you, The Music Man
  • Shy, Once Upon a Mattress
  • Before it’s over, Dogfight
  • I’ll be here, Ordinary Days
  • Words fail, Dear Evan Hansen
  • Her voice, The Little Mermaid
  • Journey to the past, Anastasia
  • What do you do with a BA in English, Avenue Q
  • Never getting rid of me, Waitress
  • Kiss the air, by Scott Alan
  • I love Betsy, Honeymoon in Vegas
  • Gotta get out, Ordinary Days
  • Not for the life of me, Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Please don’t make me love you, Dracula
  • I didn’t plan it, Waitress
  • I have found, The Royal Family of Broadway
  • I want to be bad, Good News
  • What I did for love, Chorus Love
  • I am playing me, [title of show]
  • She’s got a way, by Billy Joel
  • Last one picked, Whoop De Do
  • Everything I know, In the Heights
  • I’m allergic to cats, Theory of Relativity
  • Some things are meant to be, Little Women
  • There once was a man, Pajama Game
  • I miss the mountains, Next to Normal
  • Once upon a time, Brooklyn
  • Beyond my wildest dreams, The Little Mermaid
  • If ever I would leave you, Camelot
  • Monticello, by Pasek and Paul
  • Holding to the ground, Falsettos
  • A new life, Jekyll and Hyde
  • I got plenty of nuthin’, Porgy and Bess
  • Picture Show, Bonnie and Clyde
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Audition song choices 2015

I’m live-blogging at the 2015 annual conference of the International Thespian Society.  Because of commitments in Saint Louis, I missed the Monday and Tuesday thespian auditions this year, but today’s session includes well over 100 actors and singers.

Here’s a list of the songs we heard today:

  • Foolish to think.  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
  • Fly fly away.  Catch Me If You Can.
  • Pretty funny.  Dogfight.
  • Fly into the future.  Vanities
  • Don’t let me go.  Shrek, the Musical
  • Proud of your boy.  Aladdin
  • Being alive.  Company
  • Shiksa goddess.  The Last Five Years
  • If he really knew me.  They’re Playing Our Song
  • Nothing.  A Chorus Line.
  • Screw loose.  Crybaby the Musical
  • One more kiss.  Follies
  • Fight the dragons.  Big Fish.
  • Suppertime.  You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • I wish it so. Juno
  • I dreamed a dream.  Les Miserables
  • Astonishing.  Little Women
  • My new philosophy.  You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • I wanna be a producer.  The Producers
  • Alto’s lament.  Kerrigan and Loudermilk
  • With you.  Ghost, the Musical
  • Bye bye baby.  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Tonight at eight.  She Loves Me
  • Much more.  The Fantasticks
  • If I left London.  Chaplin, the Musical
  • Beautiful.  Heathers
  • Good morning, Baltimore.  Hairspray
  • I got rhythm.  Mr and Mr Gershwin
  • Corner of the sky.  Pippin
  • Mama who bore me.  Spring Awakening
  • Someone like you.  Jekyll and Hyde
  • Extraordinary.  Pippin
  • Happy/Sad.  The Addams Family
  • Suddenly Seymour.  Little Shop of Horrors
  • Fine, fine line.  Avenue Q
  • Dyin’ ain’t so bad.  Bonnie & Clyde
  • Unexpected song, Song and Dance
  • Waiting.  The Addams Family
  • On my way. Violet
  • Loving you.  Passion
  • Glitter and be gay.  Bernstein
  • Superboy and the invisible girl.  Next to Normal
  • I can cook too.  On the Town
  • As we stumble along.  The Drowsy Chaperone
  • Make me see it.  The Fantasticks
  • Diva’s lament.  Spamalot
  • Seasons of love.  Rent
  • I can hear the bells.  Hairspray
  • Spark of creation. Children of Eden
  • Once upon a time.  Bare
  • You can’t get a man with a gun.  Assassins
  • Freeze ray.  Dr. Horrible etc.
  • Lifeboat.  Heathers, the Musical
  • Some enchanted evening.  South Pacific
  • How can I call this home?  Parade

What not to sing

Here’s a post from a half-decade ago.  The advice is still relevant and valid!

https://musicchair.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/what-not-to-sing/

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