Best Audition Songs for Sopranos
Songs To Get You That Role
As an ex-musical theatre major, I have gone on probably at least 100 auditions. After much trial and error, I have come up with a decent and growing list of awesome audition songs for Sopranos and belters that will make you stand out and be heard. Of course there are many others, these are just my personal favorites.
1. My all time favorite, all around Great Audition Song: Gimme Gimme from Thoroughly Modern Millie. This song marks the transition point in the show where Millie decides she wants love more than money. The song starts off soft, slow, and pensive and eventually explodes into a great ending sequence of excitement and a belted C that seemingly lasts forever. The song requires acting as well which makes it a great audition song.
2. Song from old Rogers and Hammerstein: My Lord and Master from The King and I. This song is slow and needs to be sung deliberately and with a growing passion. It is very difficult to sing correctly considering the range and the fact that most of it lingers around the passaggio. Ultimately, it ends on a long, high note (I think the version I have ends on an A flat) that can grow and impress the people for whom you sing.
3. Another song from old Rogers and Hammerstein: Wonderful Guy from South Pacific. It is very simple and lighthearted in a waltz beat. If you need a happy-go-lucky song that is made to sound incredibly simple to sing (but can be difficult if not sung correctly), then go for this one. It has a very small range as well, so almost anyone can sing it. This song would be good for auditions where the role you want needs to act in a song.
4. Belting: When you Got It, Flaunt It from The Producers. I'm sure you've heard this one. It is to be sung in a Swedish accent. I usually start from the middle before the big "Bring It Home!" section where she sings "When I was just a little girl in Sweden..." The end has you belting high E flats. If you're up for a slutty but dumb role, try this one.
5. A cute song with some high notes: Fine, Fine Line from Avenue Q. A puppet singing? How adorable. This song is thoughtful and depicts the part in the show where the main monster girl, Kate, has been dumped by her boyfriend, Princeton, and she's singing her sorrows of never knowing if a guy is just a friend or more. It is mostly soft and thoughtful, but the end grows up to a D. This song is great to be sung in that normal, slightly nasally "Broadway tone" we've all grown to love and envy.
6. A classic nearly everyone has sung...: On my Own from Les Miserables. You know it. Everyone knows it. It's deep, passionate, thoughtful, soft, loud, and all in all it's just a fantastic song. However do NOT sing this at an audition for Les Miserables. Please? The directors and producers have probably heard it about a million times before you came in and are pretty sick of it. It will not help you stand out.
6b. Another classic...: Someone Like You from Jekyll and Hyde. I really like this one when you start from the second verse. That's when the music picks up and you can really let those high notes fly. Passionate. And it shows if you can sing or not. I've actually stepped into an audition with this song right after someone else sang the same song before me, and the directors complimented me on it, saying, "Not many people can sing this song like that." So if you can pull it off, it'll be worth it.
These are just my favorite songs; as I've said, there are a bunch of great songs. In fact, any song could probably be a great audition song if it's sung well (except for something "I Don't Know How To Love Him" from JesusChristSuperstar. It's boring, slow, and repetitive. No one wants to sit through that). Most of these songs I listed here can be found in the Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology books which you can find on Amazon.com.
Remember, the auditioners just want to make sure you have a love of musical theatre and the ability to show it on stage. So smile, sing your heart out, and have fun!!