Contemporary Audition Songs

Are you preparing to audition for a contemporary musical such as Grease, Spring Awakenings, American Idiot, RENT, Jasper in Deadland or Legally Blonde?


Here is a far less than complete list to get you started on some good choices. Just remember: make sure you perform (ACT IT!) the song, don't just sing it...


I you need sheet music, try or MusicNotes has an on-line low quality midi player so you can get an idea of what the music may sound like before you buy. Transposition is often available on-line after you buy.

Spotify list:

Could We Start Again Please - J.C. Superstar

Someone Else’s Story - Chess

Unusual Way - Nine

The Movie in the Mind - Miss Saigon
Don’t Rain on My Parade – Funny Girl

Nobody’s Side – Chess

When You’re Good To Mama – Chicago
The Winner Takes It All- Mamma Mia
Living Dead- Jasper in Deadland
21 Guns- American Idiot
Another Day (Mimi’s Part)- RENT
Good Morning Baltimore- Hairspray
Brand New Day- Camp Rock the Musical

This is Me- Camp Rock the Musical
One Night With You- All Shook Up

I Won’t Say I’m In Love- Hercules
God Help the Outcasts -  Hunchback of Notre Dame
Biggest Blame Fool -  Seussical



Falling In Love with Love – The Boys from Syracuse
Honey, Honey- Mamma Mia
Let’s Hear it For the Boy- Footloose
21 Guns- American Idiot
Do You Know What It’s Like- Zanna Don’t
Popular- Wicked
Breaking Free- High School Musical
Just Around the Riverbend- Pocahontas



I Don't Know How to Love Him - J.C Superstar

Everything's Alright - J.C. Superstar

Maybe this Time  -  Cabaret
What I Did For Love -  A Chorus Line
Take A Chance On Me - Mamma Mia
Holding Out For a Hero -  Footloose
I Ain’t Got Time - Zanna Don’t
Take Me Or Leave Me -  RENT
I Know Where I’ve Been -  Hairspray
Hungry for Your Heart -  Jasper in Deadland
Perfect Isn’t Easy -  Oliver and Company
All That Jazz - Chicago
Oh Darling - Across the Universe



Corner of the Sky - Pippin
Out There - Hunchback of Notre Dame
Santa Fe - Newsies
Go the Distance - Hercules

Dancing Through Life – Wicked
Seize the Day- Newsies
Stroke by Stroke- Jasper in Deadland
I Can’t Stand Still- Footloose
Do You Know What It’s Like- Zanna Don’t
Play My Music- Camp Rock the Musical
Breaking Free- High School Musical
King Herod’s Song – Jesus Christ Superstar

Brotherhood of Man – How To Succeed…Trying

Luck Be A Lady – Guys and Dolls

Being Alive – Company

Into the Fire – Scarlet Pimpernel
Wake Me Up When September Ends- American Idiot
Razzle Dazzle - Chicago
All My Loving -  Across the Universe



Anthem – Chess

Who I’d Be – Shrek the Musical

Falcon in the Dive – Scarlet Pimpernel
If I Can't Love Her- Beauty and the Beast

Pilate’s Dream – Jesus Christ Superstar

The Impossible Dream- Man of La Mancha

This is the Moment – Jekyll and Hyde

Knowing Me, Knowing You- Mamma Mia
Sante Fe- RENT
I’ll Cover You (Reprise)- RENT
Blue Suede Shoes- All Shook Up
Mr. Cellophane- Chicago
Hey Jude- Across the Universe