You stand outside the audition room, taking those last deep breaths to calm down your nerves before going in. Your hair is on point. Outfit perfect. Book open to your audition song. You are warmed up and ready to walk in and shine like the star you are...and then you hear the girl (or guy) before you through the door starting to sing YOUR EXACT SAME SONG!
You start to get panicked. Flip through your book frantically. Maybe I should change my song? GAH!!! What should I sing? Maybe I can sing it better. And then she (or he) hits the high note....flawlessly...
The audition door opens. She (he) walks out with that "Nailed it!" attitude. You're next and you're feeling a little like....
We want you to avoid that "GAH!!!" moment, so to help you all have the best auditions possible, we have put together some of the top overdone uptempo audition songs for women and men that you definitely should avoid at your next audition.
This week's feature:
Overdone Uptempo Audition Songs
Overdone Female Uptempo Songs
"Adelaide's Lament" (Guys and Dolls)
"Always True To You In My Fashion" (Kiss Me, Kate)
"Don't Rain on my Parade" (Funny Girl)
"I Cain't Say No" (Oklahoma!)
"I Could Have Danced All Night" (My Fair Lady)
"I Enjoy Being a Girl" (Flower Drum Song)
"In My Own Little Corner" (Cinderella)
"Gimme Gimme" (Thoroughly Modern Millie)
Overdone Male Uptempo Songs
"Any Dream Will Do" (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)
"Lost in the Wilderness" (Children of Eden)
"Everybody Says Don't" (Anyone Can Whistle)
"Friend Like Me" (Aladdin)
"Giants in the Sky" (Into the Woods)
"Luck Be a Lady" (Guys & Dolls)
"Mr. Cellophane" (Chicago)
"She Loves Me" (She Loves Me)
"What Do I Need With Love" (Thoroughly Modern Millie)
Do any of these Overdone Uptempo
Audition Songs sound familiar?
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Next week's feature:
Overdone Ballad Audition Songs
Caroline Selia is a NYC-based singing coach, co-founder of Polish Your Passion, and a professional singer/actor. She holds a B.F.A. in Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.M. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has been teaching for the past 14 years, advising and coaching students through the college audition process and beyond. She loves sparkles, Audra McDonald, and emojis ;-)
Aidan Davis is a NYC-based singing coach and a professional actor/singer. He holds a triple B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan (Voice Performance/Music Theory and Composition/Church Music) and a M.M. in Voice Performance/Pedagogy at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Penn State and has been teaching for the past 10 years. He loves coffee, sour patch kids, and old MGM movie musicals.