What are the best audition songs for me?
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Well, no it won’t unless you’re vocally and physically ideal for it AND are completely on top of the techniques required. I’ve heard a LOT of people struggle through a song that doesn’t work for them because they thought they ought to be “belting as high as they can”. They don’t get much further.
The real answer is something that you can sing. Backwards. With a streaming cold. In the rain. When your cat is sick. Also something you can act, without the music. Something that you could present as a spoken piece of script and still make work. Something that allows us to see your interpretation of the character and the situation. Something that we can believe you to be.
Notice I haven’t yet said which song you should sing? That’s because I can’t know. I don’t know you, I haven’t met you, I don’t know your voice, your energy or your casting. Yet.
I understand that some course leaders or MDs have pet-hate songs like “Never sing Cabaret, Never Sing Defying Gravity, Never sing Bad Cinderella”. But I’ve also been in auditions where someone walks onto the stage, sings a song I don’t like and sells it so well that I end up loving it. And that’s the point. It doesn’t really matter what you sing as long as you make it work for you, your energy and your voice.
You can certainly sing a song that isn’t your casting, if you have a good reason to. Some of the best performing I’ve seen comes from performers singing songs that were not written for their gender or physical casting (check out MCC Theater’s MisCast gala on YouTube)
So the question isn’t “which song should I sing?” The question is “who am I?”
I have coached many singers for West End shows and I will often get them to sing a song they know very well, that’s in their repertoire already. But we’ll change something. The subtext, the character or the “costume” (historical to modern etc).
So here’s an exercise to find your personal take for an audition. Take a song you already know. Identify the character, the general emotion of the song, the historical context, who they are singing to. And change one thing.
In a word, EXPERIMENT. When you experiment like this, you find versions you’ve never seen or heard, because they come from you and your experience, your brain, your artistry.
Give it a go, then message me and share what happened!
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