There are many considerations that go into choosing a standout audition song. I think these are very important:
- Does it showcase the part of the voice / vocal technique that the role you are working toward showcases? (If a character belts in the show, it’s good to belt in your audition song!)
- Is it age-appropriate? (Nobody wants to see a 12-year-old sing about *adult* themes.)
- Is your audition song in the musical style of the show you’re auditioning for? (Rock for rock, classical for classical!)
- Will the pianist be able to play the accompaniment?
- Can you find an audition cut that fits the audition time requirements?
Now that you know what to look for, feel free to take my audition song idea quiz or check out the entire list of songs for girls below!
Audition Song Idea List for Boys
- “Picture Show”: Bonnie and Clyde
- “Basketball”: Freckleface Strawberry
- “I Gotta Crow”: Peter Pan
- “If Only You Would Listen”: School of Rock
- “Consider Yourself”: Oliver!
- “Gary, Indiana”: The Music Man*
- “I’d Do Anything”: Oliver!
- “Little People”: Les Misérables
- “Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir”: Sweeney Todd
- “When I Get My Name in Lights”: The Boy from Oz
- “Why Am I Me?”: Shenandoah
- “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”: The Lion King*
- “Giants in the Sky”: Into the Woods*
- “Fight the Dragons”: Big Fish
- “Bigger Isn’t Better”: Barnum
- “In the Big Blue World”: Finding Nemo the Musical
- “Middle of A Moment”: James and the Giant Peach
- “Neat to Be a Newsboy”: Working
*Might be overdone. In my opinion, if an overdone audition song is the perfect song for your audition –and you can rock it– go for it!
- “Beautiful”: Love Never Dies
- “Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun”: A Christmas Story
- “Alone in the Universe”: Seussical*
- “Electricity”: Billy Elliot
- “Getting Tall”: Nine
- “I Need to Know”: Tarzan
- “My Best Girl”: Mame
- “Not While I’m Around”: Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
- “Frank Mills”: Hair
- “Somewhere Out There”: An American Tail
- “When Your Feet Don’t Touch The Ground”: Finding Neverland
- “What If”: The Addams Family
- “Where is Love?”: Oliver!
- “On Your Way Home”: James and the Giant Peach
- “A Letter from Charlie Bucket”: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
This is certainly not an exhaustive list. I will continue to update this as I find more songs!
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