Auditioning is a skill every musical theatre performer must learn. It is through auditioning that a director, casting agent, or teacher becomes familiar with the performer's talents and makes the decision of how to cast a production.
The most challenging task in a musical theatre audition is the proper song selection. Most professional auditions ask for a 16 or 32-bar cut, a shortened section of a song. In this small amount of time, it is important to demonstrate both your vocal strengths and your ability to act a song. Each selection in the new Alfred Broadway Presents! Audition Musical Theatre Anthologies is crafted to showcase these important skills.
When selecting the right song for an audition, here are some considerations:
- Determine the year the show or songs in the show were written, and choose a song from around the same date.
- Sing a song written by the same composer, but from a different show.
- If you have a specific character in mind, choose a song that demonstrates that character's attributes.
- Many characters exhibit specific vocal styles: legit, belt, mix, or pop/contemporary. You want to match the singing style of the character and/or the production in your audition song.
In these two newly released audition books, each selection lasts between 30-45 seconds in length and demonstrates the necessary vocal and acting skills for maximum audition impact. Style and Genre indexes will assist with the best song selection. Plus, an additional "Song Set-Up" is included for each excerpt, to help the singer capture the essence of the song and the situation in which it is performed.