Audition Song Tips

PICKING AN AUDITION SONG…

DO…

  • Pick a song that is in your range
  • Pick a song SIMILAR to the show you are auditioning for
  • Pick a song that has a strong character
  • Act the song as you perform
  • Dress professionally
    • You can hint at the character in the show you are interested in
  • Pick a song that you enjoy
  • Play a character
    • Acting > singing ability
  • Pick something more upbeat

DON’T…

  • Don’t pick a song that doesn’t match your voice type
  • Don’t pick a song from the show you’re auditioning for unless they ask you to
  • Don’t just stand and sing
  • Don’t do full out choreography
  • Don’t wear a costume
  • Don’t pick a song JUST because you like it
  • Don’t pick a song that is overdone
  • Don’t put your hands in your pockets
  • Don’t sing an angsty ballad

Some great shows to research for a Guys and Dolls audition…

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Crazy For You
Hello, Dolly
Funny Girl
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Bye Bye Birdie
Singin’ in the Rain
Damn Yankees!
Annie
South Pacific
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Music Man
Kiss Me Kate
Newsies
Gypsy
Finian’s Rainbow
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Annie Get Your Gun
Elf: The Musical
White Christmas

Guys and Dolls is a 1940s jazzy musical. Look for something with BIG characters, lots of acting opportunities, and a classical Broadway sound.

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