One of the most difficult aspects of an audition is selecting the right song to sing. When considering your audition song, you need to think about whether the tune shows off your voice without forcing you to sing notes you can’t reach, whether it conveys the right emotions for the part for which you are auditioning, and whether it will help you stand out from the competition.
While there are numerous options for audition songs for baritone in musical theater, you also have many rock and pop options. Here are some great choices to consider:
1. “I Can’t Stand Still” – Footloose
“I Can’t Stand Still” from Footloose is a great option to show off the energy in your voice. This jazzy and upbeat piece is ideal for auditions for musicals that have a similar lighthearted feel. Although you do not need a wide range to sing the song, it can sound very impressive with the right energy.
2. “Forest for the Trees” – Spitfire Grill
To impress musical directors with your rendition of “Forest for the Trees” from Spitfire Grill, consider incorporating some acting into your performance. This is the perfect way to exemplify your ability to interpret lyrics. “Forest for the Trees” is quite a challenging piece, as it includes a number of high notes. If you can sing this piece well, it will definitely help you make an impact at your audition!
3. “The Sweetest Sounds” – No Strings
If your audition calls for a slow piece, “The Sweetest Sounds” from No Strings is a good option. This is your chance to show you can make a gentle and romantic piece also powerful and interesting. As with any slower tempo piece, it’s essential to incorporate emotion to keep the attention of your audience. Because No Strings is a comedy, this song is best suited for auditions for comedic musical theater works.
4. “Pretty Women” – Sweeney Todd
“Pretty Women” is another piece that involves lyrical interpretation in your performance, both through the emotion in your voice and some acting on stage. It’s a wonderful piece to show off your singing skills because of the juxtaposition of lighthearted passages with the serious, darker areas. Similarly, while some parts of the piece involve singing very softly and emphatically, other parts are powerful and romantic.
5. “Greased Lightning” – Grease
For an audition in a rock musical, there is probably no better choice than “Greased Lightning” from Grease. While not very difficult to sing, as it has a limited range, “Greased Lightning” is all about showing off your energy and the power of your voice. It’s also a great choice for incorporating acting and a bit of dancing.
6. Pop and rock pieces
For pop and rock gigs, it’s best to consider the range of the original artists as you look for audition songs for baritone. Some great options include:
“Sweet Caroline,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” or “America” – Neil Diamond
“Light My Fire,” “Riders on the Storm,” and “People Are Strange” – The Doors
“It’s Been Awhile,” “So Far Away,” and “Epiphany” – Staind
“The Clouding” – Iced Earth