31 Days of Music: Choosing an Audition Song



So, your child has decided that they want to audition for a musical.  Awesome!  Musicals are so much fun!  The audition process, though… that can be a little scary.  For me, the audition part of drama is the hardest part as a parent.  It’s so hard to see your child build up their expectations and want a part that 14 other girls are shooting for with the same intensity!  Believe me, there have been many tears shed at my house over a cast list.  I can tell you, though, that there is such amazing joy in watching your child jump up and down with excitement because they got the part they had been focusing on and working toward so hard for the past year.

Many times, it just comes down to rocking the audition.  When picking out your audition song, there are a few things you want to think about:

  • What are your child’s strengths?  Obviously, you want to pick a song that suits your child’s vocal range well, but you also want to choose a song that plays to their strengths.  What if their strength is not in their vocal quality, but they are awesome at comedic expression?  You need to choose a song that showcases that — maybe one with a little talking mixed in with the vocals that can showcase their personality.
  • What character are they auditioning for?  If they are auditioning for Miss Hannagan in Annie,  they might not want to go for the sweet Cinderella song, “In My Own Little Corner,” but maybe something a little more villainous like “Poor Unfortunate Soul” from The Little Mermaid.  You also want to keep the song age appropriate.  There are a lot of awesome songs out there that might just not be appropriate for a children’s musical audition (“I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No” comes to mind).
  • How well known is the song?  This one can be tricky.  You don’t want to pick a song that’s terribly popular.  When you chose to sing that song you grew up loving, or one from the latest and greatest Broadway musical, chances are, you’re not the only one who loves it.  For example, at last year’s auditions for “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” we had about 20 girls sing Frozen’s “Let it Go”.  No director wants to hear “Let it Go” 20 times… and even if your child does an awesome rendition of it (like my middle one did), they are not going to stand out as much as someone who equally rocked a unique song.  When you sing a song that is a little less known, the director is going to sit up and pay better attention.
  • Length.  2-3 minutes is ideal.  5 is too long.

So, what are some good choices?  By all means, this is not an exhaustive list.  There are TONS out there.  Google audition songs, and I’m sure you can get some great ideas.  These are just a few to get you started:

Baby Face (Thoroughly Modern Millie)
Broadway Baby (Follies)
Candle on the Water (Pete’s Dragon)
Don’t Rain on My Parade (Funny Girl)
Far From the Home I Love (Fiddler on the Roof)
Happy Talk (South Pacific)
Home (Beauty and the Beast)
I Feel Pretty (West Side Story)
I Have Confidence (Sound of Music)
I Won’t Say I’m in Love (Hercules)
In My Own Little Corner (Cinderella)
Little Girls (Annie)
Ribbons Down My Back (Hello, Dolly!)
Matchmaker (Fiddler on the Roof)
Maybe (Annie)
On My Own (Les Miz)
Part of Your World (A Little Mermaid)
Poor Wandering One (Pirates of Penance)
Stepsister’s Lament (Cinderella)
The Wizard and I (Wicked)
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (My Fair Lady)


Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep (White Christmas)
Do You Hear the People Sing?  (Les Miz)
Empty Chairs and Empty Tables (Les Miz)
Everybody Wants to Be a Cat (Aristocats)
Happiness (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown)
I Just Can’t Wait to Be King (The Lion King)
I’ve Got No Strings (Pinocchio)
Gary Indiana (The Music Man)
Me (Beauty and the Beast)
Miracle of Miracles (Fiddler on the Roof)
Prima Donna (Phantom of the Opera)
A Sentimental Man (Wicked)
Something’s Coming (West Side Story)
Strangers Like Me (Tarzan)
The Surry With the Fringe on Top (Oklahoma)
Under the Sea (A Little Mermaid)
When She Loved Me (Toy Story)


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