Song Suggestions by Role

This material is from our 2013 production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and remains here for archival purposes.

These are just suggestions to help you choose a song to sing at auditions – by no means an exhaustive list. Again, please do NOT sing a song from DROOD. Choose a song that best showcases your range and your ability as a singer, and remember to connect with the audience first and foremost.

Sheet music for any of these listed songs can be found from various sources:

Chairperson/Mayor Thomas Sapsea: any patter song from Gilbert and Sullivan (“When I was a Lad,” “Modern Major General”); “Getting Married Today” from Company (female); “Watch What Happens” from Newsies (female); “Let’s Not Talk About Love” from Let’s Face It by Cole Porter (either)

Clive Paget/John Jasper and Victor Grinstead/Neville Landless: “Man of La Mancha” from Man of La Mancha; “Being Alive” from Company;  “Anthem” from Chess; “My Time of Day” from Guys and Dolls; “Stars” from Les Miserables

Alice Nutting/Edwin Drood: “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl; “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific; “There’s a Fine, Fine Line” from Avenue Q; “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” from Anything Goes

Deirdre Peregrine/Rosa Bud: Any soprano aria from Gilbert and Sullivan (“The hours creep on apace,” “Poor wand’ring one,” “If somebody there chanced to be”); “Green Finch and Linnet Bird” from Sweeney Todd; “How Could I Ever Know” from Secret Garden; “In My Own Little Corner” from Cinderella

Angela Prysock/Princess Puffer: “Class” from Chicago; “No Time At All” from Pippin; “They Don’t Know” from Thoroughly Modern Millie

Janet Conover/Helena Landless: “Hold On” from Secret Garden, “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables, “Just You Wait” from My Fair Lady; “Ladies Who Lunch” from Company

Cedric Moncrieffe/Reverend Crisparkle: “No More” from Into the Woods (Mysterious Man section); “Someone Nice Like You” from Stop the World, I Want to Get Off; “Mr. Bojangles” from Fosse/Dancin’

Phillip Bax/Bazzard: “Mister Cellophane” from Chicago; “Put on a Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie; “No More” from Into the Woods (Baker section); “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” from Guys and Dolls

Other Company members (female): “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz; “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Gershwin; “Magic to Do” from Pippin; “It Never Was You” from Knickerbocker Holiday

Other Company members (male): “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma!; “Magic to Do” from Pippin; “September” from The Fantasticks; “Maria” from West Side Story