Hello fellow MDs, accompanists, and coaches! Welcome to our YouTube channel, all about audition repertoire. I’m a musical director and audition accompanist myself, and the purpose of this new series is to let you know what’s happening in these audition rooms in order to share with you the standard rep, as well as hot, new pieces, based on my own experience.
Whenever I accompany auditions, I keep a running list of all the songs brought in, as well as comments from casting directors and musical directors about the chosen material. Hopefully, this will provide some insight into current audition trends, and as show you some new music to share with actors.
Each week will feature a different topic, whether it be choosing a good pop/rock song, popular songs from a specific composer, and even songs to stay away from.
To kick this series off, I have included the ten most performed pieces from the musical theatre canon that I have come across in recent auditions. Several of these auditions were for an entire season of summer shows, so this should serve as a good survey of popular rep. The list includes four songs for men, five for women, and one that is commonly done by either gender.
Someone Else’s Story from Chess
I Can Cook, Too from On The Town
So In Love from Kiss Me, Kate
Hit Me With A Hot Note from Sophisticated Ladies
I Will Be Loved from I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Lost In The Wilderness from Children of Eden
Proud Lady from The Baker’s Wife
It Takes Two from Hairspray
Gethsemane from Jesus Christ Superstar
FOR BOTH GENDER
Old Devil Moon from Finian’s Rainbow