Whenever anyone asks me for audition material advice, I always say the same thing - make sure it's a piece that highlights your abilities as both a singer and actor and make sure it's something that most accompanists can play(which eliminates most Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown). You would think this would be an obvious assumption but you'd be surprised to know how many performers don't consider that before they walk into that room.
So here is another edition of 10 Songs I Never Mind Hearing at Auditions, 5 for men and 5 for women.
"I Want to Go Home" from BIG: The Musical
Don't sleep on BIG: The Musical, while the overall show is half-decent, there is some great audition material within it. "I Want to Go Home" is a comedic ballad for a man which allows for some great performance moments.
"Love's a Gun " from Love's Labour's Lost
If you're auditioning for shows like RENT, American Idiot or Spring Awakening, I would highly recommend anything from Love's Labour's Lost, but most of all Love's a Gun. It's got a rocking score with a cynical tone.
"Out There" from Barnum
Perfect for any male who is auditioning for a Kander & Ebb or Jerry Herman show. A nice upbeat charismatic song.
"Moonfall" from The Mystery of Edwin Drood
I don't know why more sopranos aren't using "Moonfall". It's a great tune which highlights the voice very nicely.
"Serve Yourself" from Pump Boys and Dinettes
Another rockin' bluesy' dated type of song. Perfect choice for more period musicals like Hairspray or Little Shop of Horrors.
"Mother's Gonna Make Things Fine" from A New Brain
Good selection, especially if you're going out for a mother role. Upbeat, zany, allows for a great performance.
"You Walk With Me" from The Full Monty
If you're looking for a sad ballad, I highly recommend this song which has a borderline classic/contemporary style to it. Not a bad option if you're audition for Sondheim or Jason Robert Brown shows.
"If You Want Me" from Once
A nice slow, intimate song which allows a different side of one's voice. Another good option for rock musicals.
"Lost in the Brass" from Band Geeks
I highly recommend giving Band Geeks a listen, it's rich with audition material. "Lost in the Brass" is another comedic, quirky, upbeat option.
"The Night that Goldman Spoke at Union Square" from Ragtime
Roll of the dice here because it's a bit complex to play but a great option for any role that requires a big male voice. Especially for Sondheim, Webber and R&H shows.