When choosing monologues for auditions, if you are auditioning for a play, the casting directors are more than likely going to want you to to have a monologue from a play.
1.Choose a monologue appropriate for you. If you are a 13 year old girl, you should not be doing a monologue by a character that is an 80-year-old man. You need to choose a monologue that if you were in that play that you could pull off as that character.
2. Stay away from excessive profanity. Unless you are DEAD SET that this monologue is what is going to get you the part, then go for it. But in the same way that the public sometimes off-put by it, you never know what you’ll get in the audition room.
3. Make sure the monologue is in the same style as the show you’re auditioning for. Trust me, you do not want to show up to an audition for “Agnes of God” with a monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They know you can do Shakespeare, but that doesn’t help them in casting their show.
Jukebox and Radio
Lots of these songs are from what we call Jukebox Musicals. Jukebox musicals are musicals that don’t have an original score. One well known example would Be Rock of Ages. Rock of ages has plenty of classic rock songs woven into a story line. This and Shows such as Grease and Smoky Joe’s Cafe also fit the bill.
There are Worse Things I could Do Grease
Want you Back by the Jackson 5
Anything from XANADU. (Roller skates not required.)
Yes, he gets his own category because he has earned his own category. His music is beautiful and complicated and everyone will tell you to never give an accompanist a Sondheim song to sight-read but sometimes directors will ask for it and sometimes it’s worth the risk to look seriously impressive.
Anyone can Whistle from Anyone Can Whistle
I Feel Pretty from West Side Story
I Know Things Now from Into the Woods
On the Steps of the Palace From Into the Woods
There are virtually no unknown songs in this category that a director will sit and say “wow, I haven’t heard that one before…” unless they’re lying. These songs are from shows that disney has produced on Broadway. If it hasn’t made it to Broadway or at least into a stage musical, don’t bother with it. These songs are all overdone, so take your pick and find your favorite!
Part of That World from the Little Mermaid
A Whole New World from Aladdin
Santa Fe from Newsies
Home From Beauty and the Beast
Musical Theatre Pop
The genre includes any song from a pop musical from witers such as Alan Menken, Jason Robert Brown, and Stephen Schwartz.
Here are some examples for you:
That’s what it means to be a Friend From 13 the Musical
Honey, Honey from Mamma Mia
Someone Else’s Story from Chess
Amongst many other.
Post-Golden Age Standards:
Golden Age standards are the show like Godspell, Cabaret, A Chorus Line.
And let me tell you, if you can nail a Sondheim song for an audition, do it. But otherwise, be very careful.
Day by Day From Godspell
Maybe This Time From Cabaret
What I Did For Love From A Chorus Line
The most important thing you need for a musical audition is a musical audition notebook. This is a small 1-1 1/2 in. notebook , black or white that holds everything you need for a musical audition.
What to have in your notebook:
- Several copies of your theatre resume. Make sure you keep extra of these in the outside sleeves just in case you need more than the amount asked for. You can never have too many copies. Just make sure you don’t keep them in there all the time of the edges will get frayed.
- Sheet music for your audition. This is the most important so you have music to give to the accompanist. There are a lot of categories for the genres of music you should have in your notebook, which I will address in later posts because there are a LOT of them.
- Sheet protectors for your music. The idea for this is to keep your music clean and easy to turn. Tip: When putting your music into your notebook make sure to limit the amount of page turns for a song. Because the more the pianist has to turn a page the more chances they have to mess up while you are singing.
Your notebook is your notebook and it is open for interpretation.
A Singer’s Most Important Audition Tool