We all love to sing ballads. Honestly, ballads are our favorite types of audition material to perform. There's nothing quite like pouring your heart into the lyrics of a beautifully written song.
If we are feeling all the feels, then everyone in the audition room is going to be amazed by our incredible ability to interpret lyrics and connect to our audition material? Right?
Well...unfortunately, if everyone is singing the exact same ballad, you might be feeling all the feels, but the audition is room is feeling like...
So to help you have your best "ballad audition," we have put together some of the top overdone ballad audition songs for women and men that you definitely should avoid at your next audition.
This week's feature:
Overdone Audition Ballads
Overdone Female Ballads
"A Change In Me" (Beauty and the Beast)
"Astonishing" (Little Women)
"Defying Gravity" (Wicked)
"Dyin' Ain't So Bad" (Bonnie & Clyde)
"Goodnight, My Someone" (The Music Man)
"If I Loved You" (Carousel)
"On My Own" (Les Miserables)
"Part Of Your World" (The Little Mermaid)
"So In Love" (Kiss Me, Kate)
"Think Of Me" (Phantom of the Opera)
Overdone Male Ballads
"Being Alive" (Company)
"Corner of the Sky" (Pippin)
"Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" (Les Miserables)
"Go the Distance" (Hercules)
"The Impossible Dream" (Man of La Mancha)
"Music of the Night" (Phantom of the Opera)
"One Song Glory" (Rent)
"On the Street Where You Live" (My Fair Lady)
"Younger than Springtime" (South Pacific)
Do any of these Overdone
Audition Ballads sound familiar?
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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.