PUP Audition Process
The PUP audition process varies from show to show at the discretion of the director, but typically the production will want you to prepare 16 bars (around 30-45 seconds) or 32 bars (around 75-90 seconds) of a musical theatre song that showcases your voice for the initial audition. The director may ask you to prepare additional materials, so make sure you always double check what is required at that specific audition. There is no need to stress, we want you to feel comfortable during the audition process and have fun with us!
Audition Song Selection
When picking what song to sing, it is important to pick a song that showcases your voice. For instance, if you are really good at singing low, it’s probably not a good idea to pick a super high song. In addition, it is generally good to pick a song that is in a similar style as the show you’re auditioning for. For example, singing a song from Les Miserables might not be good when auditioning for a modern rock musical. At the same time though, you don’t need to sing a song that is from the show you’re auditioning for.
Sample Audition Songs
If you are having trouble figuring out where to start in your search for an audition song, you can look at the chart below for some of our favorites. These songs are not the end-all-be-all in audition songs, but can hopefully give you a starting point. Perhaps you can look further into the shows that these songs are from if you like the style of a song but not the specific song itself.
|Adelaide’s Lament||Guys and Dolls||Low (originally sung by alto)||Comedy|
|An English Teacher||Bye Bye Birdie||Low (originally sung by an alto)||Upbeat, classic|
|Corner of the Sky||Pippin||High (originally sung by tenor)||Modern pop|
|Dead Mom||Beetlejuice||High (originally sung by soprano)||Angsty pop-rock|
|Don’t Wanna Be Here||Ordinary Days||Middle (originally sung by alto)||Comedic, upbeat|
|Heaven on their Minds||Jesus Christ Superstar||High (originally sung by tenor…?)||Upbeat rock|
|The Light in the Piazza||The Light in the Piazza||High (originally sung by a soprano)||Dramatic, modern|
|Monticello||Edges||High (originally sung by tenor)||Upbeat pop-rock|
|Proud Lady||Baker’s Wife||Middle (originally sung by baritone/tenor)||Charactery, comedic|
|Saturday Alone||Calvin Berger||Middle to High (originally sung by mezzo-soprano)||Modern, charactery|
|Stars||Les Miserables||Low (originally sung by a bass/baritone)||Slow, dramatic|
|Tonight at 8||She Loves Me||Low to Middle (originally sung by baritone/tenor)||Comedic, upbeat|
|Ah, Miss||Sweeney Todd||Middle (originally sung by baritone/tenor)||Charactery, emotional|