NOTE:  I am receiving large numbers of requests for feedback on audition pieces. My schedule no longer allows me to respond to every request in a timely manner. I will still try to respond to requests, but I may approve your comment and leave it on the website for others to respond before I can personally chime in. Thanks for checking out the site! ~Matt

“DO NOT” lists can be controversial but can also be a great starting place to figure out if your singing something everyone else will be singing as well.  The following serve as a starting place for your rep search.  I will update this list as I receive updates from agents, colleagues, etc.

In general:

Nothing with excessive profanity

Nothing that puts yourself up on a pedestal/says look at me!  (i.e. Gorgeous from Apple Tree)

Nothing with excessive sexual innuendo

Do not play a mentally challenged person

Do not ask rhetorical questions of a sexual nature to the audition panel

Nothing from a current Broadway show

Nothing made famous by a specific artist (i.e. Barbara Streisand or Kristin Chenoweth)

From a top agent in NYC:

  • Anything Jason Robert Brown
  • Anything from Phantom of the Opera
  • Girl in 14 G
  • Taylor the Latte Boy
  • Gorgeous (Apple Tree)
  • Take a Chance on Me
  • Run Away with Me
  • I Gotta Run
  • Neverland (Scott Alan)
  • Mama Says
  • Forest for the Trees
  • Not for the Life of Me
  • Gimme Gimme
  • everything from Wild Party
  • Screw Loose
  • Privilege to Pee
  • Here I Am
  • Astonishing
  • Show off

Overused selections (This is not always as important for college auditions, but it can serve as a warning and you may want to bring other songs.  If the song is perfect for you, its probably ok for a college audition if its on the list below, for the list above, its probably not a good idea regardless of how well you sing it.)

  • All I need is the girl
  • Always true to you
  • Anyone Can whistle
  • At times like this
  • Being Alive
  • Corner of the sky
  • How ’bout a dance?
  • I’m not that smart
  • In a very unusual way
  • In my life
  • It hurts me
  • Johanna
  • Not for the life of me
  • Not while I’m around
  • Notice me, Horton
  • On the street where you live
  • Sara Lee
  • She Loves Me
  • Should I be Sweet (or Hot)
  • Don’t rain on my parade
  • Easy Money
  • Everybody’s girl
  • Extraordinary
  • Fifty Percent (50%)
  • Forget about the boy
  • Gimme Gimme
  • Goodbye, old girl
  • Good Think Going
  • Gorgeous
  • Home (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Home from Phantom
  • I cain’t say no
  • I enjoy being a girl
  • I met a girl
  • I wanna be bad
  • Ice Cream
  • Life of the Party
  • Lonely Town
  • Look what happened to Mabel
  • Lost in the wilderness
  • Love Look Away
  • Luck be a lady
  • Mamma Says
  • Man Wanted
  • Many a new day
  • Maybe this time
  • Meadowlark
  • Memory
  • Miracle of Miracles
  • My new philosophy
  • My white night
  • No man left for me
  • Nobody does it like me
  • Show me
  • Stranger to the rain
  • Take a chance on me
  • That’ll show him
  • The Story Goes on
  • Tonight at 8
  • Waiting for life to begin
  • What do I need with love
  • What is it about her?
  • What you’d call a dream
  • When did I fall in love
  • When will my life begin (from Tangled)
  • Wherever he ain’t
  • Yes, my heart
  • You can always count on me
  • You’ve got possibilities
Shows to watch out for:
  • Annie
  • Baby
  • Secret Garden
  • Children of Eden
  • The movie “Fame”
  • Godspell
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie  (this one applies to college too)
  • Phantom of the Opera (this one applies to college too)
  • Any Disney films
  • The Fantasticks
  • Wicked

Top Monologues:

  • Joan Cusack’s monologue (Is there, oh, ANY OTHER TIME you could have told me this?) — this has been VERY popular for at least three years now. Give it a rest.
  • Squeaky Fromme from Assassins
  • Darleen Dances
  • Bridal Registry from A My Name is Still Alice
  • Belize’s monologue about the national anthem from Angels in America
  • Mom’s Ashes from I Think I Love You — I can’t BELIEVE this is STILL so popular… it is really getting ridiculous
  • Murder Your Fish/Mess up your life a little… don’t know what it’s from but it must be in a monologue book somewhere because HOLY COW
  • Diana from Moving (Quaker school… awards… someone is going to prick your bubble)
  • Anything from Kellie Powell’s website (notmyshoes.net) – she’s a great person, lately every 1 out of 5 female auditionees at SU has a monologue from her site.

From: http://www.musicaltheatreaudition.com/performance/auditions/overdoneauditionsongs.html

Overdone Audition Songs Not Associated With A Specific Show

  • I Get a Kick Out of You
  • Miss Bird
  • Embracable You
  • New York, New York

Overdone Shows That Directors Are Sick Of

Watch Out For… Songs that are Problematic

(These songs may not necessarily be overdone, but have something that may make them inappropriate for auditions)

  • Over The Rainbow fom The Wizard of Oz (this song belongs to Judy Garland)
  • Any other “Signature Song”
One Last Thought
Almost every voice teacher in this country owns the Musical Theatre Anthology published by Hal Leonard.  If the song you are planning to use is out of that book, there’s a strong possibility its overdone (not always) but if every voice teacher owns it, your odds for hearing others sing it are high.  To increase your chances of finding something unique, try finding songs from books specific to a certain show (i.e. Vocal Selections from Aida).  If you have a library in your home town, try looking for complete vocal piano scores of Golden Age shows.  Also, remember most schools are only looking for a cut.  If there is a part of a larger ensemble piece or duet, but it makes a good cut, you can use it.
~Matt
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Comments
  1. Boekincho says:

    I know that we’re heavily discouraged from using anything with accents or dialects, but I still can’t help but ask… “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Suddenly Seymour,” (Little Shop) I feel really showcase my voice perfectly and I love singing them. Should I not even consider them just because of Audrey’s dialect? Would doing one of them without the dialect be even worse then doing it with?

    • It depends what you’re auditioning for. If you are auditioning for an academic program and those are the songs that absolutely show you off the best and make you feel comfortable, then use them. I would tame down the dialect or not do it at all. However, be prepared to do the opposite of whatever you decide to prepare and have other selections available in case they ask. Most panels are not going to toss you to the side because you picked a “wrong song” they may just ask to hear it a different way or hear a different song. If they are going to hold it against you, you don’t want to go there anyway.

      Matt

      • veggieleezy says:

        I have a similar question to Boechinko, albeit a bit on the late side. I did Little Shop in high school (as Seymour), and I can pretty much do all of the male songs from that show most comfortably, even without the accent. I know the show’s on the “overdone” list, but the “Dentist” song isn’t on the list. Would this still be advised against as an audition choice? I really enjoy doing it and it fits my voice well, but I can come up with another song if need be.

      • Sorry for the long delay, I was out of the country giving a masterclass. I rarely see or hear people singing the “Dentist” song. If it really fits you, I think you could use it, just be careful not to over act it. The role is meant to be ridiculous in the show because you are supposed to be a caricature. In a college audition, we want to see a real person, not a caricature. So if you can do it in a way that is a little less showy and a little more real, I think it could work, but if you can’t, try looking at other roles. Think more Dexter, than Steve Martin.

  2. Bri Tobin says:

    I am wondering if “Far From the Home I Love” from Fiddler on the Roof would be considered a good classical broadway ballad, or if it is overdone at all?

  3. I am about to audition for UK drama school and was planning to do Stars and The Moon from Songs For a New World by Jason Robert Brown. I feel I can perform this song well and it works nicely as I have to remain on a stool (ie no movement) while singing. Is this a no-no all the same? I don’t want to drop at the first hurdle because my song is too ‘done’.

    • Things in Europe are a little different than they are in the United States. I gave a masterclass earlier this fall in Sweden and almost every student had a Jason Robert Brown or John Bucchino song in their book and it seemed totally acceptable. You may want to email their admissions rep and ask them. England may be different and none these rules may apply. Good luck!

      Matt

  4. Katie Perri says:

    Hi there,
    I noticed nothing from Into the Woods, either individual songs or the musical itself was on this list. Personally, I was under the impression that it was overdone. Is this not the case? Or does it find itself on the list as a no no under the “Nothing made famous by a specific artist” because of B. Peters? I am specifically interested in ‘Children Will Listen’ and ‘No One Is Alone’

    • These songs are not specifically on any of the do-not lists I’ve seen. However, they are by Sondheim, and in general Sondheim is a do not. Sondheim can be difficult to play and difficult to cut. The subject matter is often mature and not appropriate for young performers. Into the Woods is a little different though. If you feel like those songs are your best options, I think you’re ok. If you can find something else, you’re probably better off.

  5. Are songs from Spelling Bee overdone?

    Some say yes…?

    • Heather: Yes, I do see 25th on many of the do not lists and do hear it myself quite often. I think more of the problem with the show is what to use it for when auditioning? 25th is just about the only show with adult actors playing kids (with rated R minds) that I know of. There is of course You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, but there aren’t a whole lot of others. When picking an audition song for a specific show you want to make sure that it conveys a message that could fit one of the characters in that show. For a general call, you want to present something that show who you are. Most people are not adults that only play pre-pubescent kids, so Spelling Bee doesn’t really work.

      Hope that helps.

      Matt

  6. I know that this is primarily for college auditions, but my question is for professional and regional auditions (NYC based, specifically). Do you know if other shows by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk besides Samantha Brown are “safe”? Also, is “Hold On” from Secret Garden one of the ones that I should steer clear of?

    • Kerrigan-Lowdermilk fall into what I call the “modern cabaret/musical theatre” category. Other composers include Pasek/Paul and Scott Alan. The material is becoming very overdone. Look the song your considering up on YouTube. IF there are a lot of videos, its probably overdone. If you aren’t finding many vids, there may not be as many people singing it and it could work. I don’t hear “Hold On” that often but I do remember trying to make a decent 16 bar cut of it once for a student and we had to be a little creative if I remember correctly.

      Modern rep is always a challenge to find. At the end of the day, if you sing something that may be overdone, make sure you really think about it dramatically and try to bring something different to it.

      Matt

  7. I’ve seen Children of Eden on many lists, but I have had some good results with “In Whatever Time We Have” (male)… is it overdone? Is it a bad choice because it is from that show?

  8. Hi, I have an audition for a High School regional project of Cinderella (R&H) and I am hoping for a stepsister part. I will be entering my freshman year of high school next year, look much older than I am (Have been mistaken for four years older than I am since the age of 11) and am a mezzo that has a large range (can sing way down to tenor and can sing many soprano songs).

    Does anyone have any good audition songs?
    I was going to do My New Philosophy, then thought again about it, and it is extremely overdone and characterizing. So that’s my backup plan. :)

  9. amyjeanbevan says:

    does anyone know if taylor the latte boy is overdone in the UK?

  10. Jacqui Sirois says:

    SO what sort of things SHOULD be sung?

  11. saraemma88 says:

    I will be auditioning for “Assassins” and I was wondering if Sarah’s part from “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” from Guys and Dolls would be an acceptable audition piece. I’ve never auditioned for a Sondheim show before so I’m worried that, though the song shows my full vocal range, it isn’t the type of song they’re looking to hear. They didn’t give any specifications on what type of song to sing, so I’m just going on what I sing best. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  12. seussboy says:

    Is “It Takes Two” from Hairspray overused? Also, although It Takes Two isn’t very fast, would it still be considered up-tempo?

  13. [...] pick a song that is unique. For a list of audition pieces that are overdone check out this blog on overused songs and monologues. Be original and choose something that makes you look [...]

  14. Hello my name is Lydia I am auditioning for dance colleges in the Uk will it be the same for me? Thanks

  15. Hi! Not for the Life of Me from Millie is probably my best go-to audition song. It really shows off my voice well and I don’t have another song that can really compare to it. Should I try and find something else or wil this be a good audition song choice fro college auditions?

  16. Hi, i have a college audition coming up and my two choices for auditions were “See I’m smiling” from the last five years and “gimme gimme”. are they really that awful to do for college auditions even if i feel they showcase my voice?

    • Yes, I’d really try to find other material. Your material shows that you’ve done your homework, that you are fluent in the musical theatre repertoire and you have something unique to bring to the table. Both of those songs are regularly performed and don’t necessarily communicate the message that you are well versed in the literature. Try the process I suggest for picking the perfect audition song and finding your type, there is a lot of great material out there.

  17. What is your opinion of the Emily monologues from Our Town?

  18. I’m auditioning for Into The Woods later this week. It’s a general audition, but I want to get the part of Little Red Riding Hood. I know it’s on one of the lists, but I feel that “My New Philosophy” would showcase my vocal range and attitude. Would it be considered ok for the audition?

  19. This is a great list, thank you! I completely realize Lloyd Webber is mainly off-limits; but would a song from his latest, (Love Never Dies), be a should-not as well? The show hasn’t made it to Broadway, and it doesn’t seem very well known as of yet. The titular piece shows off my range nicely; this would be for college… Another: my teacher has me doing “Show Me” from My Fair Lady as an uptempo option. Yea, nay?

    Thank you very much!

    • Show me is great – not over done. I’ve had a student use a piece from Love Never Dies and it worked for him. I think its safe for now. Sorry its taken so long to get back to you, its a very busy time of the year. Break a leg!

  20. PS. Once the musical, considered audition material?
    Merci!

  21. Oh dear, I’m terribly sorry to comment over and over; I’ll leave you in peace after this last question, I promise!
    Somewhere, from West Side Story? Is this show still as overdone as I think it is?
    Thank you, O MT Guru! :)

  22. I am working on putting together a cabaret/dinner theatre show using overdone audition songs. The premise is simple, the songs should be relatively well known and canned versions of them should be readily available. I am writing it for a quartet, two woman and two men. One older couple and one younger, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone. Need to include duets, trios and a couple quartets as well as solos. Of course, with the popularity of Les Mis right now, will have a couple sets from that show. Any ideas out there?

  23. Is Reefer Madness overused? Also, for a college audition that requires two contrasting songs, do you think someone could get away with using an overused song with a song that isn’t used often, as long as each suits their voice?

    • I have never seen Reefer Madness in an audition. As far as it making up for an overused song, that’s hard to say. Some schools are more picky about that than others. At Shenandoah, as long as its done well we don’t care. But its in your best interest not to sing the same song as the last five guys so you are not compared to them.

  24. meganlebo says:

    Ok, the choosing of audition songs can prove to be a daunting task. It seems like there are so many songs on the DO NOT list that its hard to come up with songs to even use. I have 2 upcoming auditions, one for Les Mis and one for Into the Woods. For my Les Mis audition I had chosen to do You Must Love Me from Evita bc of the emotion that can be portrayed. But you mentioned selections from Evita being a bad choice. For my Into the Woods auditon I had chosen My White Knight which you also placed on the DO NOT list. So, do you have any suggestions on better selections for an audition for both of these shows???

    • Look up the posts on picking the perfect audition song and discovering your type. I think those two should lead you to a long list of repertoire that will serve you well for years to come. If the audition is coming up soon, stick with what you are comfortable with. If not, I think the Evita is fine, but I would work on finding an alternate for My White Knight.

  25. So I'” actually already in college but I am auditioning for the MUNY this weekend and I’m having second thoughts about my audition pieces. I’m trying to decide between “Falling in love with love” “when did I fall in love” and “yes my heart”. Oh gosh I need help.

  26. k1323 says:

    Is it appropriate for a girl to sing a song that was originally performed by a man? I have a pretty low alto range and I feel comfortable singing some male songs such as “Goodbye” from Catch Me If You Can or “Beautiful City” from Godspell. I can sing higher songs as well, but I was just wondering.

    • Switching gender on a pop/rock song is usually ok, but with musical theatre you are better sticking to the gender in the show. When you sing a song for an audition, you are basically saying this is an excerpt of a role that I could sing.

  27. Reblogged this on TheMusicalKiss and commented:
    I think auditioning should depend on your voice. there are some songs that your voice can’t touch and there are those you would just smash. All you need to do is find the right fit for you. Are you comfortable singing it? Do you feel your chords are all right when you sing? Go for it! But I still think these songs are helpful

  28. sksherm says:

    I’m a mezzo auditioning for a college program in a couple of weeks. I’ve had a really difficult time trying to find songs that weren’t overdone and that contrasted enough with each other…as of right now I am planning on singing “Sleepy Man” from the Robber Bridegroom as my ballad and “The Lady Is A Tramp” from Babes in Arms as my uptempo…does this sound like a safe pairing?

  29. Carl Betts says:

    Would you suggest avoiding ‘The Last Five Years?’ I’ve gone through a lot of different audition songs and I found that ‘If I didn’t believe in you’ suits me really well. Other than that I have no idea how to find song that aren’t done to death, as I’ve never really been that into musicals.

    Ps, great list btw

    • I think that song is fine for an audition as long as it fits your type. I haven’t seen songs from “Last Five Years” that often lately so that show can probably be used sparingly. Women should still avoid Summer in Ohio (not as funny as people think it is in an audition) and I’m Still Hurting (too depressing/angsty for an audition).

  30. I’m a jr. Thespian in Florida and want to do a solo next year for a district festival/competition. I was thinking of doing either Something’s Coming from West Side Dtory or Being Alive from Company. I’m torn between which one I should do. What song do you think would be better? Are there any other solos that you think I should do instead. This year I did Empty Chairs At Empty Tables from Les Miserables and did fantastic. Do you think I should do that again?

    • Taylor – Being Alive is too old for someone your age. Sondheim was writing for people in their 30s, not teenagers. Even Into the Woods is much deeper than teenagers understand even though its a very popular high school musical. Everything Les Mis should be off-limits right now because everyone who doesn’t read this blog is going to be singing it thanks to the movie. I think Something’s Coming is your best bet of those three. But I’d also check out age appropriate shows like 13 the Musical, Bare, and Spring Awakening. ~ Matt

  31. Hi,

    I am graduating from college with a BA in Theatre this spring and I have an audition for a professional musical theater company coming up. Would you say that this list applies to professional musical theatre auditions as well? Or are there more shows and songs that should be steered away from?

    Thank you,

    Katie

  32. I’m auditioning for the musical theatre program at WCU and I see that you do not recomend to sing a song with an accent….but my vocal teacher wants me to sing Wouldnt it be loverly from my fair lady. Would that be a innapropriate uptempo song choice because she has a cockney accent. I will also be singing Look to the rainbow from Fibians Rainbow.

    • Western Carolina refers to this site for advice on “do not” lists. Therefore, I would say no to “Wouldn’t it be loverly.” That role is known for the cockney accent, singing it without an accent leaves out a vital part of the story.

  33. thejennablog says:

    Dear auditioningforcollege,

    In about 2 weeks I will be auditioning for the musical Annie Get Your Gun, for the part of Annie. I have a good monologue but still need a song. I probably have about the same vocal range as Annie in this show. I am considering “Loverly” from My Fair Lady and “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story. You mentioned My Fair Lady as overused, and I feel like “I Feel Pretty” is also probably sung a lot. Your thoughts?

  34. OMG! I’m OVERDONE! I feel so famous! This is fabulous. 1 in 5 females? I have cornered the market!

    • You are definitely famous Kellie! Seriously this year there were a ton of your monologues in auditions. I personally like some of the ones I’ve seen quite a bit. But there are so many people doing them without looking around for material from a play that fits them better, which is putting them on the overdone list. The internet monologues show a lack of work in getting to know the rep and that is what bothers an audition panel. But for anyone else reading, Kellie is a fabulous person and its worth following her career. ~Matt

  35. I know you said Andrew Lloyd-Webber is a big no, which I would agree with. So many people tell me they’re going to use Memory or Think of Me etc. What about something from one of his more obscure works? Specifically “The First Man You Remember” from Aspects of Love.

  36. Luci DiMuzio says:

    I know this is mostly for college, but I’m auditioning for a performing arts highschool so I’m hoping the same rules apply. Is the song “I Enjoy Being a Girl” overdone? I hadn’t even heard it until just a few days ago, but I just want to make sure. Also, any suggestions for one of my two monolouges would be greatly appreciated.

    • For a performing arts high school that song should be fine. As for monologues, for a performing arts high school I don’t think you need to worry too much. They know you are seeking training, so they are just trying to see what you can do. Don’t try to overdue anything, just be yourself.

      Matt

  37. Matt Mucha says:

    As a ballad for a college audition, how is “Role of a Lifetime” or “Once Upon A Time” from Bare?

  38. How do you feel about “Loving You Keeps Me Alive” or “Before Summer Ends” for college auditions? (this is for my son by the way)

  39. As a ballad for college audition “Before Summer End” from Dracula. This is for my son.

    • Deneen: I’ve been on the road and short on time, I apologize its taken so long to respond. Musically this is a good song. Dracula is a weird character to portray as a representation of yourself being yourself. If you can pick a section that doesn’t have text about anything related to the Dracula story and can be used out of context towards another person in everyday life, then I think it could work.

      ~Matt

  40. nacholi27 says:

    I am currently suiting up to prepare for my Unified Auditions for this upcoming season. With that in mind I have found the perfect contemporary uptempo that I am currently trying to match. My uptempo shows a nice belt and is light hearted and comedic without being too “in your face and screamy.” As a baritone i have a nice legit lower register and would like to show it off in my Golden age ballad. I wanted to sing a song that shows off my legit and lower register like ” If Ever I Would Leave You” from Camelot but that song is too overdone and too out of my age range. Any suggestions?

    • If ever I would leave you is a very standard musical theater ballad. If you have a unique up-tempo and a good monologue I think you’re fine singing that song. It shows us a certain vocal quality that we automatically know we can use or can’t use. Just make sure you sing it as yourself and don’t try to put on any mannerisms of someone older than yourself.

  41. Hi Matt, I’m going to be auditioning for different Musical Theatre programs in January and I will be singing “The Light in the Piazza”, from the The Light in the Piazza and “If I were a Bell” from Guys and Dolls. I will also be doing a monologue from Saint Joan, as Joan of Arc and a monologue from “The Star Spangled Girl”, as the character of Sophie. Are those good choices?

    • The songs sound good to me. You’re definitely selling yourself as a soprano with those two pieces. I’m not that familiar with either of the monologues, I believe I have seen something from Joan of Arc before that was not that great. If you want to send me a message through the feedback form with the text of the monologues I can let you know what I think.

  42. redddviness says:

    Is “Pulled” from The Addams Family or “Say the Word” from The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown overdone? Also, I read something about Neil Simon monologues being overdone; what about anything from “I Ought to be in Pictures”?

    Thank you for your time.

    • Pulled is definitely overdone. The Samantha Brown piece is not. As for Neil Simon monologues, I do see a lot of them. However they are somewhat standard rep and they come from actual plays instead of monologue books, which are two positive attributes. Standard repertoire is a little bit different when it comes to being overdone. The overdone monologues and songs that get annoying are those that come from pieces that are the hottest thing at the current moment.

  43. This page is brilliant, so much help. Is there a list of shows where I can find a solo from that aren’t “overdone”?

  44. Thinking about using Un Bel Di (Madama Butterfly) for a Musical Theater audition….you mentioned selecting from Aida…..yes/no? Am more than a few years removed from college….30 to be honest;)

    • Madame Butterfly is not a musical, so that would not work for musical theater audition. I list Aida, but that is the musical by Elton John. Try finding something from the singers musical theater anthology that fits your vocal range. There should be several things out there for you.

  45. James Comito says:

    Do you think Wicked is still too current a show to start singing some of it’s songs at auditions?
    Also, any songs you think would suit a teenage Tenor would be much appreciated!
    (Nothing to risqué)

  46. Lisa Falls says:

    Hi there let me start by saying just came across this blog by a google search and I am so happy to have found your Blog. Great advise.

    I know this is all about college but can you offer any advise to Children. I have a 9 year old daughter auditioning for local and Broadway coming up in a few weeks. She is a soprano and can belt. Would you suggest still staying away form the songs on your list or do you think there is more leniency when it comes to children. Any advise on song choice and any Do nots would be a great help.
    Thank you!

    • There is definitely more leniency for a nine-year-old. Especially because there are so few roles out there with solos for them. I do think it would be in her best interest to sing something as close to her age as possible. Definitely do not sing anything overly adult.

      ~Matt

  47. Emma Sanders says:

    I’m auditioning for colleges this year and I was thinking of singing either Another Hundred People from Company or Worst Pies from Sweeney Todd would these be good choices?

  48. Hi! I am starting my auditions for MT college programs soon. I am a tenor and wanted to know if you had any specific suggestions towards any songs you feel that would be best for a college audition… I am afraid to pick a song that may not fit for a college audition…

    Thank you!

  49. Hi I am a voice teacher & coach and I would like your opinion on the following:

    Do you think “The Beauty Is” from “light in the piazza” is an unwise choice because of the difficulty of the accompaniment? It’s got a great 32 bar cut.
    thank you for your thoughts!

    • Linda,
      See if you can find out who will be playing the auditions. If it is someone experienced, the song should be fine. If it’s a student accompanist or an accompanist without classical chops, it could be a problem. One strategy would be to have another first choice song and if you hear great playing coming out of the room before the audition, switch to “The Beauty Is.”

      ~Matt

  50. laurrein says:

    I’m auditioning for twelve angry jurors (twelve angry men) and I was wondering if the Emily Webb monologue “changes” from Our Town was a good choice. If not, do you have any suggestions?? Thanks

  51. Gabs Sobral says:

    Hi Matt, I’ve been struggling for a few months now trying to find a good song for my college audition. What do you think about everything else or superboy and the invisible girl from next to normal? Would not for the life of me from thoroughly modern millie and someone like you from jekyll and hyde still be a no even If can sing them pretty well?
    Also, should rock shows like once, spider man, or spring awakening be avoided for college auditions? And my last question, I’m a very strong soprano and my teacher is always encouraging me to sing classical style songs like till there was you from the music man, or somewhere from west side story, what are your thoughts for this? Because I feel that they’re just not right, and I would be labeled as a classical singer because of the lack of belting in those kind of songs. Thank you so much.

  52. Hello! My name is Delaney Hagy and I will be auditioning for several colleges this winter. I was wondering if you thought Someone to Watch Over Me or It Might As Well Be Spring are overdone/ good audition choices?
    Thanks so much!

  53. Hello! My name is Delaney Hagy and I have some college auditions coming up. I was wondering if you felt “It Might As Well Be Spring” from State Fair or “Someone to Watch Over Me” are over done songs from the Golden Age? Also would a monologue from Almost Maine be overdone?

    • “It might as well be spring” is great and not overly done. “Someone to watch over me” is a little overdone, but its a classic and its not annoying in the audition room. Just make sure you sing it really well if you choose that song over State Fair. As far as Almost Maine, should be fine.

  54. I’m not sure what musical I’m auditioning for yet (it’s still coming up pretty soon), but would a song that was cut from a show make a good audition song?

  55. This website is brilliant and I have just read all the posts.

    Currently trying to get some audition pieces together for UK MT courses which ask for 3 contrasting pieces and was wondering whether you thought the following are contrasting enough or overdone:

    Why God Why? – Miss Saigon
    Something’s Coming – West Side Story
    Stranger in Paradise – Kismet

    Thanks!

    • Hello Matthew,

      I’m British currently in UK youth Musical Theatre so I probably don’t have as much weight to my opinion on this site as others but since you haven’t had a reply yet I though I would give you my advice: I’ve been told ‘Why God why?’ always goes done well. It lets you convey emotion and Miss Saigon is not overdone. It changes it tempo so doesn’t remain ‘a slow emotional yardy ya song’. I don’t know enough about the one from Kismet to say. The fact its quite unheard of, to me, would suggest do it. As long as you don’t have to do an accent, they are varied and it’s not from Wicked or Les Mis then you’re on a good line. Where are you applying to?

      Jack.

  56. Is any song from Cabaret overdone? I have a feeling something like Mein Herr might be.

  57. I have a college audition in a month, and I have picked far from the Home i love for my ballad but I’m not sure what i should do for an uptempo. I don’t really have many of them in my repertoire. i’m mezzo soprano(A4-G6) but not a huge belter
    also you said to make sure the monologue is upbeat if one does Far from the home i love, but I thought i’d do Catherine’s monologue from Proof since i did a a scene from it in an acting class and really connected with the character. should i find something else?
    thanks in advance!

  58. Do you have any suggestions for auditioning for the role “Lady of the lake” for Spamalot?
    I am a classically trained soprano. Even though I am not trained in theatre, I can still perform all of her songs quite well and incorporate all the diva that she brings to the stage. I can’t decide on a song that shows off my range and that is comical to fit the part. I was considering “to keep my love alive” since it is a cheery little song about murdering all her husbands but the melody and form of the song is so repetitive. It doesn’t show off what I can do. I was also considering ” a summer in Ohio” it’s funny and i live in ohio but everyone says NO Jason Robert Brown. I then considered “when did I fall in love” thinking I could really ham it up and over act it, since that is her character in the show. But that song is also on the “do not” list.
    Any ideas would be much appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Kim

  59. I will be auditioning at Emerson College as a prospective Musical Theatre BFA . I have been considering Nothing Short of Wonderful from Dogfight or A Summer In Ohio or I Can Do Better Than That from The Last Five Years, Which do you believe would be most appealing? Also, I am required to have another contrasting piece ready to audition with. Could you give me a few ideas as to what would be contrasting to the pieces I mentioned? I was thinking possibly Pretty Funny from Dogfight. Any other suggestions?

  60. Hi,
    I’m about to audition for James and the Giant Peach at my University and i have no clue as to what i’m auditioning with. I’m a bari-tenor and i have nothing prepared. I was wondering if maybe you could help considering you did make this forum of “do not do …” i was thinking Go the Distance from hercules but the sheet music was problematic for me. I was also thinking of any other disney song. If I could get your opinion soon then that would be amazing. Thanks.

  61. What do you think of “Live In Living Color” from Catch Me If You Can, “Another Pyramid” from Aida, or “Run, Freedom Run!” from Urinetown?

  62. Stephanie says:

    Hello, I am doing an audition for Pinkalicious the musical and need two contrasting songs. I was going to do part of God Help the Outcasts which shows my range but I need help with an upbeat comedic song. I’m a mezzo / soprano. Any ideas ? I was going to do My New Philosophy but I see it’s overdone… anything like this?

  63. So, I recently discovered the genius of Joe Iconis. I’m not auditioning for anything in particular at the moment, but I am trying to build a good repertoire of songs i can pull from in the future. Anyway, some of his material can be a bit mature. There isn’t any excessive profanity, but there is innuendo present in a lot of his work. One of his songs that really showcases my voice is “Jeff”. Is it still okay to perform at an audition, or should I look to other places for pieces?

  64. What about the song “Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad” from Bonnie And Clyde? Also, how do you feel about songs that have been transposed? Should I just find a song in that key or do you think it’s alright to use a piece that I’ve had transposed?

  65. Hey I was wondering if ‘If I Can’t Love her’ from Beauty and The Beast and ‘Seven Wonders’ from Catch Me if you can are considered overdone :)

  66. julianne223 says:

    For a college audition….is Someone Else’s Story from Chess okay? I know several guys who have sung from Chess before but never any women. Thanks!

  67. Hi I am auditioning for the musical theatre program at WCU and I’ve had a lot of trouble picking the right audition songs. For the ballad, I am thinking of doing either Notice Me, Horton or Blue Wind from Spring Awakening. Would either of those be good choices? Also, do you have any suggestions for upbeat songs? I thought about doing Take Me Or Leave Me. Is it too overdone?

  68. Olivia T says:

    I’m auditioning for Amneris (in Aida) and my choir director (who has heavy experience in theater) said to do I Hate Men and Somewhere That’s Green, both of which are on this list…is it still okay to do it? I’m auditioning at a community theater.

  69. What about any songs from legally blonde, I don’t think I saw it on the list. Also would “As long as he needs me” from Oliver be too depressing? I was originally thinking of doing “Still Hurting” from the last five years, but I saw your comment about it. I still want to do it, but if its not recommended, I could switch.

    Also, which is better for an audition an upbeat song or a ballad? Although I enjoy upbeat songs, it makes my voice sound odd and I personally find my voice stronger when I do ballads.

    • Legally Blonde is ok if it really fits you. So much better should probably be avoided but otherwise you should be fine. As long he needs me is ok. No still Hurting. It’s overdone and it’s too emotional, it just drags down the room. As far as ballad vs. uptempo, do what you feel you do best.

  70. Are there any songs from Les Mis that are not over done? I have and large range, I just don’t know what gets used much. If most are overused, then what is your all-time favorite song from a musical?

  71. Do you have any suggestions of good audition songs that show range and acting but are not over done and directors will like to hear and not be sick of?

  72. Would you say Next to Normal is over done? So Anyway, Everything Else, Maybe (Next to Normal), Didn’t I see This Movie, The Break, You Don’t Know etc…..

    • The only song that is maybe a little overdone is “Everything Else.” If you have to really push or it sounds like you are screaming the high notes on “nothing your paranoid parents can say,” don’t sing it. If you can absolutely nail that part, not pushing, not flipping over into head voice, but belting with a free an open throat that shows control – you can sing it.

      Matt

  73. Kylee Smith says:

    Would you consider Is It Really Me from 110 In the Shade overdone??

  74. Is “If I Were a Bell” from Guys and Dolls overdone?

  75. leahboyd7 says:

    I’m auditioning for the addams family musical; is “gotta get out” from ordinary days overdone? thanks!!

  76. Nyanza Mack says:

    I have a question… would I be able to do a song from Fame for my audition?

  77. I’m in a theatre program, and we need to have a monologue, 16 bars of a song, and a special skill. I was thinking of doing Astonishing or Dyin Ain’t So Bad. Thoughts? Thanks it’d be appreciated!

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